Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crazy for Cowls

I just wanted simple, mindless, big-needle knitting for our Thanksgiving drives to and from Minnesota.

Erica- Knits Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern got me going. It was fun to try different yarns and combinations. With each project, I made a few tweaks to the pattern, adding some ribbing and making the cowl a bit snugger around the neck. My version of the pattern is below, following photos of several cowls. Enjoy!

Yum! Baby alpaca and angora

Betty's handspun with mohair curls

Arucania Lumari: wool, alpaca, silk

Laines du Nord Giglio: Wool, viscose, acrylic

Black Forest Naturwolle Handspun

Rowan Cashsoft and Crystal Palace Kid Merino

Betty’s Bulky Knit Cowl

(based on Erica-Knits Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern)

Yarn: 115 yards of super-bulky yarn, or combination of yarns to attain gauge

Needles: size 17, 24-inch circular

Gauge: 2 stitches/inch

Loosely cast on 60 stitches, join.

Rows 1-2: Knit even

Row 3: For an edge with minimal rolling, purl around; otherwise knit even around

Rows 4-10: Knit even

Row 11: *Knit 3, knit 2 together* around

Rows 12-20: Knit even

Row 21: *Knit 3, knit 2 together* around, ending knit 3

Row 22: Knit 2 together, purl 1, then *knit 1, purl 1* around

Rows 23-32: *Knit 1, purl 1* around

Rows 33- 48: Knit even (adjust length with more or less rows, as desired)

Cast off loosely.

Cowl may be worn as a neckwarmer or pulled up over head as a hood.


  1. Betty, as usual, your yarns are beautiful...and I like how your cowls drape softly around the neckline.
    Thanks for sharing, Natalie

  2. Perfect! I live in MN, work downtown Mpls. and bus service has been poor. This is exactly what I need :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. love this easy chunky knit cowl. cant wait to start one

  4. Betty,
    I really like this pattern do have the conversion to use #4 Medium Worsted-weight yarn?
    HELP! Thanks you so much, Barb
    from Christiansburg, VA 540-382-0942

  5. Ok--I don't know how to knit but I can crochet--do you have this in a crochet pattern?!?!?!?!

  6. Thanks for your comments! I currently don't have variations on the pattern for worsted or crochet. Have you searched Ravelry or knittingpatterncentral.com or crochetpatterncentral.com?? There are many free cowl patterns available.

  7. I stumbled across this as a last minute Christmas present idea and it is wonderful! Can I suggest that people can make up the weight by combining thinner yarns? It's a great stashbuster that way!