Multicolor Bright Pink, Purple & Dark Blue Summer Cowl, 24" x 6" Soft & Lightweight Cowl hand-crocheted with a high quality yarn. Because of the cuddly softness, the cowl is incredibly comfortable and feels wonderful against the skin. I used Homespun yarn - a yarn that has a loosely spun, wavy strand that creates a unique texture and appearance. Homespun yarns are luxuriously soft and silky with a nice, subtle sheen The color is a vibrant and bright multi+color called Ambrosia and includes rich purples, pinks, and blues. This is one of Homespun's self-striping yarns, which means concentration of color will change throughout the cowl, creating a random striping. I wanted to make a simple, easy to wear, and lightweight accessory for summer and decided to make a whole line of summer cowls in all of the beautiful and unique Homespun colors. The cowl is really easy to wear, just slip it over your head and adjust to your liking. As I show in the photos, this little accessory type of scarf is great for adding some color to a warm-weather outfit without being too warm or heavy. It functions mainly as a fashion accessory and is great for spring and summer. However, it can also be used as a lightweight neck warmer by bunching or folding over close to the neck, then holding in place with a jacket or coat (5th photo). --Yarn Content: 98% Acrylic/2% Polyester --Yarn Brand: Lion Brand Homespun --Yarn Label Color: Ambrosia (bright magenta pink, dark blue, purple) --Approximate Length (full circumference unstretched): 24 inches/61 cm --Approximate Width (height): 6 inches/ 15 cm --Thickness: 1/4 inch/ .6 cm --Weight: 2.25 oz This size scarf is meant to be worn mainly as an accessory in mild weather. It's often helpful to look at a ruler or measuring tape to get a better idea of the width and length (shown above). For scale, the mannequin in the pictures represents a small-sized woman (Size 0 or 2) with a neck size of about 12 inches. The pattern is my own design and is a combination of stitches crocheted as one continuous loop. It's crocheted "in the round" to eliminate a seam. One of the reasons I chose this wavy type of yarn is that it hides the area where I turn to start new rows. These scarves have great range: they can complement the simplest, most casual tank tops and t-shirts, or add interest and color to sundresses and cocktail dresses. CARE INSTRUCTIONS Can be washed in cold and dried in dryer on low setting. However, I recommend either hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry, or washing on a gentle cycle in a lingerie bag and drying only a few minutes in the dryer. The gentler washing & drying prevents the yarn from frizzing over time. Avoid washing with heavier garments that cause friction. If using washing machine, avoid washing with items that have zippers, buttons, etc that may snag the yarn loops and pull on them or make the yarn fray. The general rule for washing crocheted items and keeping them looking as new as possible: the gentler, the better. (: The summer scarves are small enough that they're really easy to hand-wash in a sink, gently roll up in a towel to squeeze out excess water, then reshape and air dry. I like to add just a tiny bit of fabric softener when hand-rinsing to make the yarn even softer and static-free. Note: All yarns come with a bit of "factory residue" that causes a little stiffness. This will disappear with regular handling and/or the first wash, bringing out the true softness of the yarn. U.S. SHIPPING: I keep shipping to a minimum and offer First Class Package as the best value for price & speed. For multiple orders, I often use Priority Mail. For Ready to Ship items, I'll ship within two business days. For items made to order, I'll ship as soon as I have the scarf finished (within the time frame stated in the listing title). I use the PayPal/USPS integrated shipping system whenever possible, so you will be provided with a delivery confirmation number by email from PayPal and through Etsy. Most First Class packages take about two to five days to arrive. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I always combine shipping for multiple orders. I most commonly use USPS First Class International for shipping outside of the US. First Class International may take a longer time to arrive than other services, but it's much more affordable than Priority International (which usually runs $25 or more for a few ounces). Delivery time for international packages is usually 5 to 15 business days. Customs, bad weather, or national holidays can sometimes slow down a package with the occasional shipment taking around 30 days to arrive. This only happens to about 5% of my international shipments. (: As of January 27th, 2013, USPS has raised prices for First Class International, in some cases almost doubling the amount they used to charge. On a positive note, they are starting to include tracking and delivery confirmation as part of the First Class service. They are beginning with Canada and will be adding other countries in the future. International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. PAYMENTS: I accept PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, you will still be able to pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal. You can also pay from your bank account using an E-check (also through the PayPal system), but I won't be able to ship until the check has cleared, PayPal says it's okay to ship and allows me to print out a label. RETURNS: For now, I am not accepting returns, but am completely open to resolving any problems that may occur. I feel the best strategy is to head off any problems before they even happen. If you have any questions whatsoever about any items I am selling, please ask. Thanks for looking!