I have a tendency of starting several projects at a time, then not finishing them because I distract myself with another new project. That's why I really love patterns that are quick and easy to make. The quicker I can get something done, the less likely I'll be to put it down and never touch it again, or wait so long that I forgot what I was even doing with it so I start over.
This cowl is my favorite go-to quick knitting project, great for using up the rest of a yarn skein too. It's super comfy and slides right over your neck and keeps your neck warm, plus adds a little pop of color to your outfit.
I made this with worsted weight yarn (about 100-120 yards), and big knitting needles (Size 13/9mm). I knitted it flat since I only had straight needles in Size 13, then seamed up the edges together to make it circular. The rows in this are worked vertically, as in the cast on/width is the HEIGHT of the cowl, and the number of rows you do will determine the CIRCUMFERENCE. If you want a taller/shorter scarf, adjust the cast on number to fit what you want.
This pattern would be GREAT for some thick and thin yarn. I love the texture thick and thin yarn gives to an otherwise simple project. I sell my own handspun and hand-dyed yarn at serenefiberarts.etsy.com.
Materials you need:
- One ball of worsted/medium weight yarn (100-120 yds)
- Size 13/9mm knitting needles
- Yarn needle to sew ends together
Gauge= 4 rows/4 stitches=1"
Cast on 25.
Row 1-72: Garter Stitch / Knit every row
(72 rows should give you about an 18" cowl circumference, you can measure around your neck as you go instead of counting, to get the fit you want)
Cast off last row and leave a long tail.
Whip stitch/sew together first and last rows with the tail, weave in ends.
And that's it, you're done! It took me probably about 2-3 hours altogether to make this. Not sure if that's slow or quick as I'm still a relatively new knitter, if you're an experienced knitter I'm sure you can get it made quicker than that :)
Hope you enjoyed this pattern, let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments below.
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Thanks and until next time,
Amanda J. French
Fiber artist from Louisville, KY. Professionally, I spend my days spinning one of a kind yarns from wool and recycled fibers, and weaving with them. Other hobbies include; yoga, fitness, painting, studying languages, and knitting.