Branching Out Cowl
I designed this cowl to be a simple rustic knit, worked sideways for ease in sizing. Buttons allow the cowl to be removed without taking your hat off! The sturdy main yarn and the garter-based mosaic stitch pattern provide structure so the cowl stands up protectively around the neck. The contrast colour could be any yarn of similar weight to your main colour. I finished the cowl with I-cord buttonholes and two live-edge arbutus wood buttons.
One size, length adjustable to knitter's preference.
Choose two colours that contrast. The cowl works best when the main colour yarn has some body - choose a plied yarn that isn't super soft; the main colour yarn helps with the structure of the cowl.
The contrasting colour yarn can be any yarn of similar weight to the main colour - choosing something soft can make up for the rustic character of the main yarn.
Cowl uses less than 80 m (88yds) of each yarn - it is easy to make another cowl from two skeins of the recommended yarns or reverse the colours for a similar, yet different, cowl.
Digital download (PDF pattern, 4 pages)