With autumn approaching like a falling leaf to the ground, it is time to think about transitional pieces to balance the bit of evening chill in the air. For me, the cowl is just such a piece since it stays in place, adds a bit of color to any outfit, and can carry you through winter into spring.
A cowl for handspun or colorful bulky yarn
180-250 yards (164-228 meters) Bulky or heavy aran Weight yarn, I used di.vé fiamma
9 mm or 13 US circular knitting needles
• A video showing both the Russian Join and the Felted Join thanks to Abigail’s Crafts How To.
Doubled around the neck, it blocks out any breeze and is a comfort when you have a sore throat. Twice around the neck with the second one pulled up over the nose and mouth blocks out cold air, especially good if that is one of your asthma triggers. And, let’s face it, wearing this looks a lot less creepy than donning a balaclava or ski mask when you’re around town. Worn loosely around the neck it gives any shirt a whole new look. Once around the neck then again just behind your forehead and it warms your neck and ears as a kind of hood. Twice around the head makes it a cosy headband/earwarmer. Here are a few photos of the cowl in action:
**[Taffy Twist Cowl]**
If you like Di.Ve‘ Fiamma, it is available from Knitted Together or you can hunt for it on Ebay. It is soft – very soft. Though it goes from thick to thin, it is strong and sturdy. I never had any breakage though keeping it from splitting while I knitted in the dark watching a movie was occasionally a challenge. The colorway is delicious! It reminds me of the rainbow swirl mashmallows some gourmet cafés serve in their hot chocolate. The care allows for hand wash in luke warm water, but I think blocking after any dampness or washing is recommended to retain your pattern’s desired shape. I’m grateful to have eight more skeins of this in two colorways to play with.
Please please comment here or on the Ravelry pattern page if you end up trying this cowl pattern. Of course, you can also comment for fun.