This little Garter Stitch Cowl is a simple loop worked in the round in a sparkly nylon yarn. I used a yarn from my stash, and I encourage you to find something pretty in your stash that you've been wondering what to do with to make a cowl for yourself.
This project works up quickly, though it is a little strange at first to need to purl in order to make Garter Stitch (because this project is worked in the round). It's a great alternative to a scarf on cool mornings or evenings; just toss it in your bag when you don't need it and it will always be ready to go.
- about 175 yards of a nylon or other content ribbon yarn, or any medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Louisa Harding Fauve, which has been discontinued)
- one size 10.5 US (6.5 mm) circular knitting needle
- scissors and yarn needle
Gauge is not critical for this project and will vary depending on the yarn you use, but I got 5 stitches and 9 rounds per inch in Garter Stitch in the round.
Finished cowl is about 32 inches around and a little more than 4 inches wide. Your size may vary depending on your gauge and how much yarn you use.
Knitting the Cowl:
- Cast on 150 stitches. To make this easier, I used one end from each of the 2 balls of yarn I had, then just cut one end and started knitting. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
- Work in Garter Stitch until you're about to run out of yarn or to the width of your choice. Remember that Garter Stitch in the round is knit 1 round, purl 1 round.
- Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
Because I was almost out of yarn, I did my bind of as a knit 2 together bind off (which is just like a regular bind off, only you knit 2 together each time instead of knitting 1). This draws in the edge and gives the project a natural curve on that side. That's the end that I used as the top when modeling it for the picture.