cowl fever

by kath_red on 23/01/2011

in Fashion, Features, knitting+crochet+yarn

Here is my current list of fave cowl patterns from around the web (not all the patterns listed are free patterns). After I reviewed the book Cowl Girls (or was it before?), I decided to whip up my own crochet cowl, (or is it a scarf?) and became more than slightly obsessed with all things cowl. Especially since Australia’s summer this year has been less than summery.

What is a cowl exactly anyway? … Loose hood – protective covering :: hood-shaped covering :: loose gown with hanging sleeves and a hood :: A soft draping of fabric, cut so that the fabric can hang in soft folds :: a neckline in which fabric is attached and drapes in soft folds. So as you can see its a pretty open interpretation – which is why there are so many wonderful variations – fun to design, interesting to make, and versatile to wear – what could be better – so hear goes my list… {and just reviewing my list – seems I am particularly attracted to earthy natural tones and bold textures at the moment – love to hear if you have any fave cowl patterns…}

  1. Huit by Lisa Mutch is a $3 ravelry download for the cowl (capelet) and hat pattern. [image pictured. 1.]
  2. Simple seed stitch cowl by Pongue Ette – available as a free download on ravelry. [Image pictured. 2.]
  3. 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf by Margaux Hufnagel [Image pictured. 3.]
  4. bertrand louis by katushika – hat or cowl – very cool – free ravelry download [Image pictured. 4.]
  5. Marian by Jane Richmond is a free ravelry download – its a quick knit chunky mock-mobius cowl.
  6. [Image pictured no.5]

  7. This elegant spiral cowl by Keri McKiernan is at knitty gritty.
  8. Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre on the tricksy knitter – a lovely soft drapey pattern.
  9. Glücksburg Cowl by Silke K. (which I posted about on Whip Up already)
  10. Diversify by Andrea Rangel – published in the current knitty a set of three different designs in different yarn weights and sizes.
  11. Big Herringbone Cowl by Whitney Van Nes published at the purl bee
  12. Peaks Island Hood by Ysolda Teague is a £3 ravelry download – A hooded scarf with a simple shell pattern
  13. Dolores Park Cowl by Parikha Mehta – a quick knitted tube
  14. Peaks Island Hood by Ysolda Teague is a £3 ravelry download – A hooded scarf with a simple shell pattern
  15. Dolores Park Cowl by Parikha Mehta – a quick knitted tube
  16. Morningside Neckwarmer by Jared Flood – is published in CEY webletter
  17. Mohair Bias Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas $5 on ravelry – is a sheer seamless loop and can be worn as a wrap, or twisted into a cowl
  18. All the way around – chunky cowl from pickles
  19. Seeded rib cowl by jcasa – gorgeous
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PaisleyJade January 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Love – thanks so much for sharing these!!


2 Bextoronto January 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I’ve been craving a cowl!! This list is perfect! But how will I choose???


3 kath_red January 24, 2011 at 2:08 am

Oh I know.


4 christyb January 24, 2011 at 12:33 am

ohhh, you’ve read my mind… since it’s been below 0 for the past 3 nights, I’ve had cowls on the (frozen) brain. thank you so so much!!


5 Seanna Lea January 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

These are awesome! I have wanted to do nothing but knit warm things for weeks.


6 Kate January 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Oo, I have been thinking about making a cowl too, thanks for sharing this great roundup!


7 Betsy January 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

These are all so pretty!! I really want to knit a cowl that could come over the head, but still cover the shoulders. Anyone have any ideas?


8 jen January 25, 2011 at 1:11 am

you read my mind! i was just lloking for cowl patterns last night. thanks!


9 anxietydesigns January 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

I am totally working on my own cowl right now. In terms of cowl, it seems you can not go too big. It is too cold to have a face right now anyway.


10 Stitch Rabbit January 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I love knitting cowls for gifts and to sell and one of my favorite cowl patterns is this one by Lion Brand Yarn:

Here’s a link to some of the cowls that I make and love!!


11 Lindsey @ Yarnia February 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Wow, look at all those cowls! What a great roundup. I’ve been amazed at how popular cowls have been these past few months, and it’s always handy to have a bunch at my fingertips that I can recommend to customers when they don’t have a specific pattern in mind. Thanks for all the ideas!


12 Jayna August 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I know this is an old post, but thought I’d add a link to my free crochet cowl pattern.



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