‘Tis the season… for bulky handknits! Not only are they on trend at the moment, but they’re also a knitter’s best friend when it’s 12 days ’til Christmas and gifts still need to be made. Not that I’m in that situation, because I said I wasn’t going to knit any gifts this year…
Except for one (there’s always one). There’s a young lady on my gift list who wants accessories for Christmas and no store-bought, machine-made cowl is going to befoul her pretty little neck while she’s related to me. So a bulky cowl in the yarn pictured above, it will be. But which pattern?
I’ve had my eye on this lace-and-texture cowl for quite some time. It’s a free pattern that is written for worsted weight yarn but is easy to scale up. Knitted end-to-end (like a scarf) and then grafted together, you can make it pretty much any size you need.
State Street Cowl:
I’m such a sucker for lace-writ-large, and this cowl does not disappoint. The stitch pattern looks a lot like the one used on the ever-popular Monkey Socks and the size and shape make it seem so cozy.
Drop Stitch Cowl:
I’ve seen this cowl turn up quite a bit on blogs and project pages. I’m pretty sure it couldn’t be simpler, and would look best in super bulky yarn (as shown) vs. my tiny-in-comparison regular bulky yarn. I would especially love this drop stitch pattern knit in colorful yarn.
Shawl Collared Cowl:
This cowl is just hands-down, super classy. The thing I hate about some short cowls is that they’re never QUITE close enough to the neck! They tend to just hang there like pretty knitted jewelry, too short to wrap twice around for snugness but long enough that they let too much air in around the neck. The shawl collar here fixes that with double thick garter stitch coziness right where you need it! I probably won’t knit this for the pre-teen gift I’m planning right now but I’ve certainly talked myself into making one for me ASAP!
This cabled gorgeousness would be right up my stylish giftee’s alley. It’s lush and dramatic and a little bit sassy, plus it looks totally snuggle-able.
I’m not yet sure what I’ll end up knitting, I have been kicking a few ideas around for a design so I might end up going with one of those if I can get my swatches in order. Do you have a favorite quick gift pattern? Any great bulky cowls you’ve seen lately? Share with us in the comments below!
Thank you for sharing! I am in the process of maybe designing a cowl myself for a submission. And I agree, I have TOO MANY cowls in my collection that are too long to hug my neck but too short to wrap twice. It’s annoying.
I like the first and last ones. I have also used Thirty-eight for a quick knit. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thirty-eight Dang it! I wished I had remembered that one before I cast on Bandana earlier today. Now I am almost finished with Bandana and not ripping it out!
Ooooh, that’s a lovely one, too! Gotta love seed stitch in thick yarn.
I like the one with the shawl collar. But they are all beautiful!
I vote the Casu Cowl. It looks classy and dainty without being too lacy.
That yarn is gorgeous. I made both a state street cowl and shawl collared cowl. Both are great designs. I think that last cowl would be fun to knit.
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