Crazy for Cowls

I think I've knit four cowls this winter. One was a slip-stitch pattern, one a lace pattern, one a linen-stitch pattern, and one a plain stockinette pattern.

Oddly, I think the stockinette cowl is my favorite. Probably because it's knit from a 100-percent cashmere yarn that I got for Christmas. This is a case of letting the yarn do the talking; it's so soft and beautiful that it doesn't need a stitch pattern to make it shine. And it's bright orange, which I love! There's one more cowl on the needles, and it's a good one: feather and fan pattern knit with Qiviuk yarn, which is muskox fur. It's the softest yarn I've ever felt, except for pure angora. I am truly blessed with beautiful yarn.

There are lots of reasons to knit cowls like crazy; here are just five:

1. They're usually quick projects.
2. They're great for using up those special, single skeins of yarn.
3. They're a fun way to try new stitch patterns.
4. They're great gifts.
5. They're really useful!

So, since I only have one cowl on the needles, I need to cast on another one! I'm not sure which one to do, so I'm putting the decision in your hands. Here are the choices:

     Inishbofin Cowl by Heidi Todd Kozar

Working cables in the round is fun and fast! The Inishbofin is knit from a merino/alpaca blend—yum—on size 8 needles.

You know my love affair with cables is never-ending, right?

Orba Cowl by Robin Ulrich

This cutie uses a welted chevron stitch to add a lot of texture and drape.

It's a pretty pattern, but I would knit it in a different color. Yellow is not my friend!

Destiny Cowl by Denise Twum

I kind of love this. It's knit from super bulky yarn on size 13 needles in a simple rib/garter stitch combo that makes ruching.

I love how it poofs out in the ribbed sections!

Maryse Cowl by Amy Christoffers

This is a long cowl, knitted from a beautiful, lofty, wool/mohair blend. It's knit on size 8s in an easy-to-memorize lace pattern, so this would be a quick one!

It just looks so cozy wrapped a couple of times around the neck! Love the color, but not on me. Maybe red.

What do you think? Which one should I knit? Leave a comment below and let me know, and maybe we'll do a quickie cowl knit-along with the winning cowl pattern.

All of these patterns area available in Knitscene magazine issues from 2012. You can download all four now, or get them on CD. Knitscene is so much fun. I love it!

Now leave a comment and tell me what to knit!


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