Awesome Accessories – Cowls

March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

I love cowls. I remember knitting my first cowl out of my very first skein of Malabrigo Worsted. After wearing it once, I was convinced they would always have a place in my wardrobe.

Recently I read about cowls being the “lazy knitter’s scarf”. I don’t know if that is true for everyone, but it is true for me. Honestly, I have knit exactly one scarf in my entire knitting career. It was my third project. Thankful my husband likes it and still wears it because he isn’t likely to get another. Cowls on the other hand, I can knit them as the day is long. They can be complex or very simple. They can showcase a beautiful skein of yarn or a great stitch pattern. Best of all, you can knit them in the round or from end to end.

Of course, you can also call your cowl an “infinity scarf” which I find ironic because I think it takes an infinite amount of time to knit a full length scarf. But if you shorten that up and sew it together, viola, infinity scarf.

Since there is still winter left here in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere, here are some cowls to inspire you.  I have paired them with yarns available from PolkaDotSheep.  We also stock all the cowl patterns at PolkaDotSheep.

Good Medicine Cowl by Aimee Alexander

Good Medicine Cowl

A simple pattern of knits and purls and sport weight yarn make this cowl both functional and fashionable.  As an additional bonus, the stitch pattern is totally reversible so there is never wrong side showing. The pattern is written for two lengths.

Yarn Recommendations: PDS Sport shown in Bitterroot, Malabrigo Arroyo shown in Aquas

Nechama Cowl by Jennifer Wood

nechama yarn

This cowl is beautiful with delicate reversible cables. Wear it as shown in the picture as a lovely accessory or knit it up in a cozy plump wool and wrap it around your neck. I love this cowl, it has the versatility that I love in cowls. Jennifer, the designer, says the name Nechama means comfort in Hebrew. What more could you want in knitwear than comfort?

Yarn Recommendations:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca shown Kaffir Mix, PDS Worsted shown in Grizzly, Berroco Abode shown in Apricot

Emerald Infinity Scarf by Andrea Rangel

Emerald 1

Knit in a lattice lace pattern, this cowl would be an elegant addition to your springtime and summer wardrobe. If you want to give lace as try, this pattern would be a great first project.

Yarn Recommendations: Berroco Lago shown in Sand Castle, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton in Aloe

Rowan Cowl by Dagmar Mora


The stitch pattern in this cowl is gorgeous. All the details are formed with twisted stitches so there is only knitting and purling. You will only need 100 to 150 yards of worsted weight yarn so it is perfect as a one skein project. Twisted stitches are so much fun. If you have never played with them, the Rowan Cowl is a great project to try. When you are finished with the cowl, you can try the Creme de Noyauz Mitts or Creme de Noyaux Gloves by Dagmar with twisted stitch designs as well.

Yarn Recommendations: Berroco Comfort shown in Dusk Grey, PDS Worsted shown in Azul Maya, Berroco Vintage shown in Watermelon

Hopefully, you are feeling inspired by these cowls and infinity scarves. This is a great time in the knitter’s calendar start a new project. I always find that I have startitis (urge to start new projects without finishing other projects) in March. My reason is that I live far enough north that I can’t start gardening but want that newness of the seasonal change. How about you? Do you have seasonal knitting or crocheting urges?

Remember the Cassis Sweater KAL continues until March 15th. The Ravelry thread will continue to be at the top of the discussion board for a few weeks after the finish date. It will still exist on the board even after it is no longer at the top. We don’t delete threads and it can always be found by searching.

Happy knitting!

~Angela M.


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