Right on trend, these Last-Minute Cowls can be knit up before you can say “I couldn’t possibly finish a gift in time.” Using US 17 needles (that’s 12mm to our metric friends) and some of our favorite super-chunky-weight wools, the results are gorgeous. Not to mention incredibly warm. Knit one to give, give one to knit, or treat yourself–there’s still time for all three options! If you didn’t see the free Last-Minute Cowl pattern in our 2013 Holiday Newsletter, just grab the free download below. For the men in your life to wear (or make!), we’ve also got a handsome Last-Minute Muffler pattern.
Lower left, we used Rowan Cocoon in color Amber in the seed stitch pattern. Lower center, we used Rowan Tumble in color Bracken in a 2x2 rib. For our stack at lower right, we opted for either seed stitch or 2x2 ribbing using Rowan Cocoon double stranded for a chunky look. (Or try using two different colors for luscious marling. See our project page.) We also made single-strand versions using our favorite super-chunky yarns Erika Knight Maxi Wool (100% British wool), Rowan Tumble (90% alpaca 10% cotton) and Rowan Big Wool (100% wool). These yarns are lofty, soft, easy to knit and give great stitch definition. They’re unbelievably snuggly, and the chunkiness of the yarn makes these simple stitch patterns really pop!
One size: Approx. 28" circumference x 12" deep.
2 skeins Erika Knight Maxi Wool (87 yds/80m each),
OR 2 skeins Rowan Tumble (77 yds/70m each),
OR 2 skeins Rowan Big Wool (87 yds/80m each),
OR approx. 126 yds of super-chunky-weight yarn,
OR 2 skeins Rowan Cocoon (126 yds/115m each), held double.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 17 (12mm) 24" circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Approx. 8.5 sts = 4"/10cm. Note: Just get close.
Last-Minute Cowls - free pattern (Download only)
Knitter's Pride US 17 (12mm) 24" circular needles.