Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gift Ideas - Cowls

Cowls have been so popular and what a great gift idea too. They keep you warm and looking stylish. There's still plenty of time to knit up some of our favorites and a couple of them in just an evening! Here are a few ideas:

The Cozy Como Cowl is a great last minute gift. Knit in the round on US #17 needles, it can be done in an evening! We used two balls of Debbie Bliss Como, a baby soft blend of 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere.
Free pattern with yarn purchase!

Refashion Cowl is knit with one skein of Refashion, a bulky weight soft and textured yarn made from recycled wool/cashmere/nylon/rayon. We used one skein of Refashion and size US #10.5 needles. A fun and unique cowl!
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Arwen's Horai Scarf by Hiroku Fukatsu, a free pattern featured on Hiroku's blog and Ravelry.
Knit on a US 10 1/2 knitting needle, she doubled the yarn and used 3 balls of Luna in color Sunbeam #26. Luna by Stacy Charles is a lace weight blend of 71% mohair/20% silk /9% metallic making it fluffy, soft and just the right amount of sparkle.

Treat a loved one or yourself to the Cloud 9 Cowl. Appropriately named because it feels light as a feather and soft as a cloud around your neck. Knit using one ball of Superior, a lace weight blend of 70% cashmere/ 25% silk/ 5% merino on a US #9 needle.
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Add a little glitz to your outfit with the Constellation Cowl. A squishy garter stitch cowl knit flat, twisted and seamed together. We used two balls of Lanalux, an aran weight blend of merino and nylon on US #11 needles.
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

The Burberry Inspired Cowl is a great gift idea. We had a lot of fun with this pattern last winter using different yarns and decided to revisit it this season because we love the classic pattern. This one is so soft, it's hard to take off! Knit using 1 skein of Cascade Eco Duo, a blend of 70% undyed alpaca/ 30% undyed merino wool and $12.45 a skein. It's a quick gift knit on US# 10 needles and just lovely!

Parapluie is a fabulous cowl designed by our Emilly. Knit in seed stitch with a soft cable running down one edge. It's knit flat and seamed together, making it easy to change the length. She used two ball of Ariosa, one of my favorite yarns and US #11 needles. Ariosa is a bulky weight single ply 90% merino/ 10% cashmere. The colors are all beautiful and this cowl will look fabulous on anyone!
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Fez Cowl designed by Debbie Bliss from her booklet, Fez is a wonderfully warm and cozy cowl with a fun stitch pattern to follow. Knit with two balls of Fez, a blend of 85% merino/15% camel on US #8 needles. This is one of my favorites.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

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