October 5, 2011
Last year, I did a few posts with holiday knitting ideas and pattern links. (You can find those posts here, here, and here.) I thought I’d share some more ideas with you this year as well. If you haven’t started any holiday gift knitting yet, now might be the time. I’m starting with Cowls, because I think that they might just be the perfect knitted gift in the winter time. Why?
1. Cowls are something that most people don’t buy for themselves. (I think this is partly because you don’t see too many for sale in the stores.)
2. Most cowls are relatively quick and easy to knit. You can finish one in a couple of nights.
3. Many of these patterns take just one skein of yarn, so it’s a project that doesn’t break the bank.
4. It’s a fun way to try out new stitch patterns and techniques, without committing to a large project.
Here are some ideas, along with some of the cowls I have knit up. (The only repeat link from last year is the Irish Cabled Neckwarmer, because it’s one of my favorites and I wanted to include the photo!) After researching these patterns, I’m ready to make some more.
Yarn suggestions for fingering weight cowls: Alisha Goes Around, Claudia Hand Painted, Done Roving, Dragonfly Fibers Djinni, Dream in Color Smooshy, Fiberphile MCN, Hand Maiden Casbah, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Madelinetosh Sock, Shibui Staccato, Spud and Chloe Fine, Studio June Super Cash Sock, Swan’s Island Fingering, The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Three Irish Girls Adorn, and Trekking XXL.
Yarn Suggestions for sport/dk weight cowls: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist, Amy Butler Belle Organic DK, Blue Sky Royal, Cascade Epiphany, Fiesta Ballet, Hand Maiden Camel Spin, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Madelinetosh Sport, Malabrigo Silky Merino, and String Theory DK.
Worsted Weight Cowls (these tend to be warmest of all and quickest to knit:
Irish Cabled Neckwarmer (Shown here in Malabrigo Rios)
Herringbone Neck Warmer
Simply Soft Cowl
Cable Crush Cowl
Lace Twists Neckwarmer
Yarn suggestions for worsted weight cowls: Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran, Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, Cascade 220, Cascade Eco Alpaca, Dream in Color Classy, Fiesta Boomerang, Lang Yak, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Malabrigo Rios, Spud and Chloe Sweater, Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted, and Universal Cotton Supreme.
I hope you found a few fun patterns in this batch! Have you started on gift-knitting yet? Or are you not knitting for gifts this year? I’m still undecided about making gifts this year, but I’m definitely going to be making some of these cowls, either way.