Trying to keep warm this winter, I decided to knit myself a cowl. A cowl, which is technically just a knitted tube, some how becomes a perfectly draped, luxurious, knit piece when you put it on. Another bonus of the cowl is it’s an easy knitting project, especially for beginner yarn and needle crafters like me.
This was actually my second or third attempt at knitting crafts, so I called on the great tool that is the Knifty Knitter! This rectangle shaped tool comes with everything you need to get started knitting, the loom, the hook, and instructions. It makes things like counting and dropping stitches, a thing of the past! Knitting on this tool couldn’t be simpler. The Knitter comes with full, step by step, instructions so I won’t repeat them here. Lets get started!
–Caron Natura Lace Yarn 1lb
I decided to go with a neutral color for maximum matching ability, and decided that I wanted a full and thick knit when all’s said and done. To get a fuller knit you simply double wrap the Knifty Knitter. If you look closely in the picture below you can see that each prong has two strands wrapped around the top and bottom-making for a thicker outcome.
I made mine the entire length of the Knitter, which is about a foot long. This way my cowl will be long enough to fold multiple different ways when finished. As you continue knitting you will see your progress start to flow out of the bottom of the loom, making it easy to see your achievements so far.
Continue knitting until you reach a preferred length. I wanted my cowl to be a bit loose, for easy sliding on over the head, so I decided on a length of a little over 2 feet. You may want to tweak the length based on your wearer. When you have the desired length, finish and cast off. (Again full and clear directions come with the knitter.)
Use the large needle, that comes with the loom, and a long piece of matching yarn to stitch the two ends together. Try to stitch as close to the ends as possible to make the seam smaller. I stitched back a forth the length of the cowl, a few times to ensure maximum hold and strength. Make sure not to pull too tight to create a noticeable strain in the knit.
When you’ve finished stitching, knot off the thread, and turn inside out, so the seam is facing inward. Now wear and enjoy! Or give to a friend to enjoy, lots of my girlfriends have asked for a cowl after seeing mine. These easy knitting crafts make such great gifts!
Looks great without a coat, as an accessory, OR with a coat, doing its duty to keep you warm! Personalize it by making it in your favorite color, or add a button rather then sew it together. This yarn crafts project is totally customizable!