Bulky cowl patterns

TomH's picture

I've been thinking of knitting myself a bulky cowl scarf for this winter. Maybe a mobius style, maybe not. Maybe one that also doubles as a hood, maybe not. Does anyone have a tried and true pattern to suggest?

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TomH's picture

Decided on a pattern. Am

Decided on a pattern. Am knitting "Purl Ridge Scarf", pattern by Stephen West.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/purl-ridge-scarf

I'm using Noro Kureyon for the first time. Jury is still out on this yarn. Will keep you posted. It doesn't feel as soft as I like but am told it softens quite a bit after being wet blocked. Time will tell. Since I usually knit lace, this is a pretty mindless knit. But am hoping it's a good match for the yarn's colorway.

michaelpthompson's picture

I must admit, I have yet to

I must admit, I have yet to understand the attraction of cowls. Blind spot on my part maybe, but it's a scarf with no end right? I've really been enjoying my Irish hiking scarf I made last year (those of you at the 2011 MRMKR may remember it, though it got no great kudos at the show and tell :-)) in our recent cooler weather. I purposely made it pretty long, so I can wrap it around my neck and have plenty of end left over. If it gets too cold, I can pull it tighter, and if I am getting too warm, I can loosen it up, away from my neck. Can't do any of that with a cowl, so what's the deal? Why do people like these things? (Other than the idea of a mobius, which I do find intriguing.)

TomH's picture

I'll let you know my reaction

I'll let you know my reaction to a cowl. Don't have one yet. Have a number of scarves so I thought a cowl would be a nice bit of variety. Plus, I can knit the cowl in the round. Can't knit a scarf in the round. And I so much prefer knitting in the round whenever I can.

KnitteryNinja's picture

Here's the Cowl that I knit

Here's the Cowl that I knit for myself out of Rowan Cocoon. It is Sivia Harding's Harmonia's Rings Pattern, but I used a heavier yarn with larger needle to get the bulkier look, and did an I Cord bind off around the collar rather than the beaded picot edge in the pattern.

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/KnitteryNinja/76993760/Harmonias_Rings_Side_Resize_medium.jpg

(I hope this makes a hot link, but if not, the cowl is in my Ravelry projects.)

TomH's picture

That definitely looks like a

That definitely looks like a fabulous, warm and cozy cowl. Thanks!

scottly's picture

This is the Not-So-Rugged

This is the Not-So-Rugged Scarf from Knitting With Balls. Super simple, boring as hell to knit but nice and cozy to wear.

TomH's picture

Thanks! I don't have the

Thanks! I don't have the book. Will have to look it up.

scottly's picture

Tom, this really doesn't

Tom, this really doesn't requrie a pattern, if you want I'll pass the specs on to you. That book does have some nice basic stuff in it though.

ILHIKER's picture

Hi Tom, I made a silk cowl

Hi Tom,
I made a silk cowl last year that held up well through the colder season here in Chicago. Here is a picture of me wearing it. It's just a simple knit 2, purl 2. Nothing fancy, just a nice warm product.

http://www.menwhoknit.com/community/files/Cowl%20Silk%20small.jpg

Mark

TomH's picture

Thanks. Sometimes simpler is

Thanks. Sometimes simpler is better!

TheKnittingMill's picture

I think this one is great

I think this one is great Tom. It's knit in a fisherman's rib and has buttons. I actually cast on 15 for the one I made my niece and used a brioche st, so it made it SUPER warm and squishy.

TomH's picture

Thanks. That does look like a

Thanks. That does look like a fun scarf. And quite festive with the addition of buttons.

TomH's picture

Great. Thanks. Looks like a

Great. Thanks. Looks like a keeper!

purlyman's picture

Just realized neither of the

Just realized neither of the links I provided actually has the pattern - so here's a third link with the pattern. :-)

purlyman's picture

This is a tried and true

This is a tried and true pattern for me. You could bulk it up with thicker yarn or mixing in cables etc. It's easy and I wear mine almost everyday in the winter. Good luck!!

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/michael/man-or-anyone-cowl and http://thisboyknits.blogspot.com/2008/07/in-which-i-totally-keep-promise.html.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I remember that pattern now.

I remember that pattern now. That is a nice design and very masculine.