The Shawl Collar Cowl Is a Hug Around Your Neck

Earlier this year I started a Pinterest board for my knit-worthy family members to pin things they’d like me to make them — primarily knitting, but there are no rules … and no guarantees.  I got the idea from my friend Tiffany after hearing that another friend of hers started a shared board for people to pin things to that they wanted Tiffany to make for them.  Tiffany obligingly follows through, good soul that she is.

My Make for Me board is a lot of fun for me to look through.  It’s interesting to see who is pinning to the board and what is catching each person’s eye.  If you are on Pinterest, I recommend setting up a shared board or three.  Matt and I also use a shared board for recipes and that has worked out well.

One of the items on the Make for Me board is the Purl Bee‘s Shawl Collar Cowl.  If you’ve been reading here during the past twelve months, this pattern will be familiar; I tried to make one for my brother last December and tragically ran out of yarn.

photo of an unfinished Shawl Collar Cowl

But the idea wouldn’t die.  Matt decided he really wanted one for himself.

That gave me the perfect excuse for a tiny yarn bender last month when Abbey and went to Ewe-Nique Yarns in Brighton for a little therapy shopping.  I knit this cowl out of Cascade 128  Superwash in loden green and beige (not the official color names).

A photo of my finished Shawl Collar Cowl laying on the table

Let me tell you, this this li’l fiction of garter rib and stockinette is no stroll in the park.  You might think it’s an easy-peasy pattern. Or you might think the tricky part is the cross over.  No, no, no.

A photo of Matt modeling his new Shawl Collar Cowl

You know what kicked my ass?  The increases.  I’ve been knitting ardently for twelve years and I was nearly felled by the four different M1 (make one) increases in the tightly knit stockinette liner.  I got holes, I got stitches slanting the wrong way, I missed increases entirely — it was a hot mess.  Repeatedly!  After ripping and re-knitting the first half dozen rows three times, I wrote out every row on scratch paper, along with a shorthand description of the increases, and then I was able to make progress.

A photo of Matt modeling his new Shawl Collar Cowl

During this ten day adventure, I got a message from a fellow knitter on Ravelry who found my in-progress cowl and asked me how my project was going and if I was having as much trouble as she was with the dart decreases.  First time in seven years on Ravelry I’ve had a message like that.  Oh the pathos!

A photo of Matt modeling his Shawl Collar Cowl

She found her way out of the woods, as did I, but I’m here to tell you that, while the Shawl Collar Cowl pattern looks modest and unassuming, it’s actually rather spicy and takes some attention to accomplish. Lesson learned: stick to basic socks for mindless knitting.

6 Replies to “The Shawl Collar Cowl Is a Hug Around Your Neck”

  1. It looks great! I hope he properly appreciates it. It looks like he does.

    I’m still working on the Ombre cardi and a couple felting ideas, but it may all get put on hold while I process 2 bushels or so of apples into applesauce.

  2. Looks wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make something similar as a neck or face protector for bicycling – think this pattern might work.

  3. Wow! Looking at the pics I would not have expected it to be so needy but I will take your word for it. Congrats on making it through!!!

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