Guest blogger series: A Toddler’s Cowl

by kath_red on 16/02/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

For today’s guest post I want to welcome Carrie, she lives in rural NY state with her husband and son. Carrie is an avid baker, knitter, and babywearer. She chronicles her adventures in gentle parenting, crafting, baking, and mindful living on her blog, Oh Baby O.

The last few weeks certainly have been wintry ones here in the northeast [USA]. We’re now buried under a thick blanket of sparkling white snow. Warmth in all it’s forms is so important during this chilly time of year, especially for children. Emotional warmth, spiritual warmth, and perhaps most often forgotten, physical warmth. When children’s bodies are adequately warm, they are free to spend their energy on the most important things of all: growing, learning, and playing!

Whenever I bundle our little guy up for a wintertime adventure, I’m always plagued by the fact that his neck is exposed. I wear something around my own neck nearly everyday, even indoors. A small child loses body heat more quickly than an adult. Surely keeping the neck covered is important, but attempting to wrap a toddler in a scarf seems a bit impractical. A cowl, however, is a wonderful solution!

This is a simple ribbed cowl that can be knitted up in just a couple of hours. It is thin enough to not be bulky under a coat and soft enough not to irritate a child’s sensitive skin. Wool and silk are excellent insulators, making this garment nice and warm! The ribbed texture allows the cowl to fit closely while still providing some stretch to comfortably fit over the child’s head.

A Toddler’s Cowl

– Less than one skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino
– US size 6 circular knitting needle
– Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
– Scissors
– Soft measuring tape


1. Cast on 84 stitches using the long tail method.
2. Mark the beginning of the round and join.
3. Work in a 1×1 rib (k1, p1) every row.
4. When work reaches 4 inches (20cm) from cast on edge, cast off using a stretchy bind off such as EZ’s sewn cast off
Cut yarn, weave in ends and enjoy!

– This garment will fit most children between 12-24 months of age.
– Blocking is unnecessary for this project.
– Cowl is worked in muliples of 2.

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1 jo @ a life in lists February 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

What a sweet cowl! Luckily for me my toddler is pretty amenable to wearing a scarf (probably after years of never seeing me without one round me neck – I hate a cold neck!), but I think he might need one of these cowls nonetheless :)


2 Seanna Lea February 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

Such a sweet little baby boy! I wear hand knits all the time, because I’m cold even in the summer (office air conditioning).


3 Mollie September 20, 2012 at 2:39 am

Hi, When you say 4″ (20cm), which do you mean? 20cm is 8″.


4 Jacqui Grindle August 15, 2015 at 2:35 am

Hi there, silly question maybe but multiples of 2 – is that 2 strands of wool or stitches?


5 Kasia Z October 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

Good question and I’m afraid I don’t know!
The pattern is by Carrie L McClain. Here is the link to the description on Ravelry:

Unfortunately links on the page take you back to this Whipup Guest post, but perhaps you could message Carrie through Ravelry.

All the best


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