Cowls are the perfect thing to knit for the cooler season, and because they are so quick to knit up they make fabulous gifts – its not too late to start. Many of the projects this book are knit in bulky yarns, so can be finished quickly and would make for great last-minute gifts.
The designs themselves are all so different, but with one thing in common – they are interesting and dramatic, some even verging on the weird and wonderful! But there are some really good basic designs that you could play around with and get started on. To see thumbnails of all the designs featured in the book, go to Cathy Carron’s webpage where you can see all the cowl girls in action. (Some images of my favourite designs are featured below.)
The patterns themselves are all pretty straightforward but you might need to have some knitting experience or at least someone experienced to get you started. But I think as a beginner there are quite a few pattens that once you do get started and you get the stitch pattern down, you can just keep knitting around and around until the you reach your final size. Also for more experienced knitters there are some more challenging designs so you won’t get bored. The book tends to mention specific yarns so if you don’t have access to these you will need to swatch (which you should do anyway) and the gauge sizes are all given at the beginning of each project.