cowls, scarves and shawls: how to decide what to make

Cowls, scarves and shawls: how to decide what to make

I like to feel warm around my neck. I always complain about a large collar on my jumpers because I can’t stand drafts in this area!

I tried cowls, scarves and shawls… And here is my favourite ones to make.



A cowl is usually tubular, wider than your head so you can put it easily on. However, it is generally loose around the neck, so if you like to wear something tighter, read on!

Here are my favourite knitting patterns. You can knit a cowl in the round (my preferred method) or flat, if you chose the latter, you will have to sew the ends in.

Ashmore cowl, by Rachel, from Unwind Knitwear - A tubular cowl with stranded colourwork – it would be lovely with variegated or rainbow sock yarn for the motif.

Barn Door Cowl by Louise Tillbrook Designs - A lovely textured cowl, using DK yarn, and it contains a video to explain how to knit the pattern stitch.

Tour de Monte Rosa cowl, by One Creative Cat - This is a fun cowl to knit in the round with different stitches types, so it will keep you entertained without boring you.



When you learn to knit, you often are told to start with a scarf… but it can quickly be boring!! However, there are lots of projects out there which are interesting to make.

Sunnyside cable scarf is a beautiful pattern using cables and chunky yarn.

Originally Lovely has a stunning herringbone scarf pattern using worsted yarn:

And if you prefer a pattern for lace yarn, have a look at Julie’s Spring lace scarf pattern:



I love shawls! I was not quite sure if I would wear one when I started knitting them, but I am totally sold! They are fun to knit, and so versatile to wear! I usually wrap one around my neck to go out, or wear it on my shoulders when I get a bit chilly. I always travel with one as it is so useful to keep warm. Here are my favourite:

Louise Tillbrook Worth the Fuss is an asymmetric shawl with eyelets stranding across an easy garter stitch

Meridian is an asymmetric shawl with a band of colour and eyelets

And if you like a challenge, this gorgeous Celtic inspired shawl in sock yarn will ravish you:

Which one is your favourite? Have you found your next project? Let me know in the comments!



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