Chunky lush cowls are looking to be big (literally AND figuratively) this coming fall and winter!
Here is my version (pattern #103 Luscious Cabled Cowl, coming very soon!) - a super quick knit in a bulky weight yarn. The fabulous all-over cable pattern and the rich, heathered color make this cowl easily pass for the super-expensive ones I've seen in fashion magazines!
The cables at the edges of the cowl create a elegant wavy edging for the top and bottom. It's worked sideways, then seamed up the back. If you prefer a skinnier cowl, you can knit fewer rows; if you prefer a looser cowl, knit more rows.
AND this cowl project only uses 2 hanks of yarn! The sample is knit in Knit Picks Swish Bulky, a very soft merino wool that feels great snuggled up against my neck.
Here are some photos of the new cowl, worn draped around the neck and pulled up:
Here it is folded over a bit in front to keep out the chill.
I think this is a great pattern to make as gifts for friends.
Look for the pattern announcement in an upcoming email newsletter.
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9/8/09 Update: Entry into the giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all the great comments! Winner to be posted later this week.
9/10/09: AND the 3 randomly chosen winners are. . . Julie Brandenburg, Stephanie McGuckin, and Alison! You have each been emailed with instructions on how to start your fr-ee membership month. Enjoy and congrats!!!