Some of the few knit projects I've managed to finish so far this summer have been super easy and simple cowls because we all know that this year the cowl is the new scarf.
Super simple handspun cowls have been the favorite way I've carried out this trend. I didn't really follow a pattern, but the Gloria Cowl would be a good place to start. These two are nearly identical.
I used nearly every yard of 150 yards of this handspun and the finished cowl weighs two ounces. I got 4 spi using size US 7 needles and it's perfect because it's super drapey and fluffy.
The second handspun cowl was made from about 150 yards of yarn as well on size 7 needles too. They really are nearly identical.
I've really found that these small, simple cowls are very practical even in the short time that I've had them. I've been wearing them outside on the cooler nights and can't wait to test them out for reals come winter.
The next cowl is another one that I made up as I went along- this time not using handspun but sKnitches Big Tryst which is a sportweight merino/cashmere/nylon blend.
This was another super simple knit so I'll leave the 'recipe' here in my notes in case anyone wants to make one too. I used under one skein so if you wanted a wider or taller cowl it could definitely be done. I used size US 5 needles, but I'm kind of a tight knitter so plan accordingly. The stitch pattern is a multiple of 10 if you want to plan for a wider cowl.
Cast on 120 stitches. Join for knitting in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Purl one round.* YO, Knit 2 tog* around. Purl one round. Knit ten rounds. Repeat until desired length is achieved.
Yeah, aren't you glad I don't write patterns :)
*Edited to correct the numbers- because I'm a dork.
Next weekend: More spinning.