I’ve spoken before of my love of cowls. They’re simple, very customizable, and can be made in just about every yarn gauge. They have advantages that the usual rectangular scarves don’t give. A cowl doesn’t get stuck in a door or caught on something as you walk by, unless you’re really close. If it’s around your neck, you don’t have to worry about it falling off your neck or becoming unraveled on a windy day. I say you can make a cowl in just about any yarn gauge because if you make it in a yarn that’s too bulky, you might look like … If it’s cold enough to wear this where you live, that’s fine. Make it work for you. Just don’t let your accessories eat you. Not to worry with the Rowlock Cowl!
When I started this, I wanted something that would keep me warm (hello there, alpaca), would be easy to knit while watching TV (hello there, Netflix addiction), and would let the yarn and the stitch pattern both stand out. The Shi Bui Knits Baby Alpaca DK is so soft and has great drape, something that the pattern still shows off while having some substance. Another yarn that would be suitable for this would be Fibre Company Road to China Light. The RTC Light is comprised of 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel & 10% cashmere. I’m surprised it doesn’t have unicorn tears and the breath of babies in there along with everything else. It’s great stuff, but I have more of that than the Shi Bui and I wanted to use up as much of the latter yarn as I could. My cowl is pretty deep, but I weighed the remainder and I know I have enough for a striped beret or mitts. Holiday gifts anyone? I think I just figured out what at least one person is getting for Christmas. Hopefully, it’ll get appropriately colder in Philadelphia, considering it’s November, and I’ll get to wear this sucker soon. In the meantime, check it out and knit one for yourself!