Pattern Thursday: Springtime Cowls

Much like the rest of the US and Canada we here in Parry Sound/Muskoka have been experiencing a very strange spring.  Basically we were in winter until the very end of April and so far in the first two weeks of May we have been having almost summer-like hot, humid weather.  However, I've been living up here long enough to know that a person needs to keep their light knits out year round to keep off the evening chill.

One of my favorite year round knits, are the light, fingering/sport weight cowls.  They really don't take much yarn, one skein for a smaller cowl (the size of a large, fluffy, necklace) or two for one that has the look of an infinity scarf (when worn loose goes down past your bellybutton), which means they are perfect for luxury yarns, like Pengallie Fingering (80% superwash BFL and 20% silk).   

So for this week's Pattern Thursday, I thought I would dive into Ravelry and dig up some cowls to work on over the summer.

The first cowl is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis, which has jumped to the top of my queue. 

Photo by Hilary Smith Callis

Photo by Hilary Smith Callis

Calling for 400 yds of a wool/sparkle blend, this hybrid shawl/cowl is a perfect 1 skein project.  Because I'm not really a sparkle person (however, I do make an exception for socks) I'm going to rely on the silk shimmer of Pengallie to give it a glimmer.  I happen to have a skein in a early version of a soon to be released colorway that would be perfect for this cowl. 

Photo by Jennifer Dassau

Photo by Jennifer Dassau

For a twist on a single skein cowl, the Roam Cowl by Jennifer Dassau, also only uses 400 yds of fingering weight yarn, but goes for long and skinny.  Also, it uses a mobeius cast-on which means it has a really interesting construction. With its reversible lace, and 7 row lace repeat, it would be perfect for working at the beach or on a camping trip. 

Photo by Helen Stewart 

Photo by Helen Stewart 

The Global Nomad Cowl by Helen Stewart has that great feel of a classic cowl, using color and lace. The color blocking makes a strong, modern statement.  This would look fantastic in Granite and Honey (to mimic the original grellow color scheme),

Or to use the fantastic spring colorways Spring Buds and Spring Sky for a very chic combo.

Or maybe Sled Dog and Lilac.

Now color blocking can be part of the intended design, or you can just do it yourself.  Carla's free pattern, Learn to Knit Cowl is a perfect candidate for color blocking (as the pattern is a mirror image of itself).  If you are knowledgable about adjusting gauge, you could easily work it at fingering weight.


At the rate I've been knitting this spring, it will take me all summer to just get through these three patterns.  What are you knitting now that the weather has stared warming up?

Christina Bossart is the designer and teacher behind Lone/Maple Studio. In addition to knitting, mostly socks, Christina enjoys spinning and rigid heddle weaving under the watchful eye of her orange kitten, Jack. Please visit her blog at