Saturday, 6 April 2013

Stash Busting Cowls, Scarves and Capes

Looking for a gift to give and running out of time?  Or do you have an oddment of wool that is not quite enough to knit anything substantial?  Or, like me, do your fingers just itch to get something on the needles?  I find cowls are a great way to use up the remnants in your wool stash and keep your fingers nimble. In most cases, they are very quick and easy and the project can easily be finished in a day or two.

Button Cowl
Button Cowl.  This cowl knits up very, very quickly (one night in most cases) and uses 3 balls of yarn - give or take.
The pattern is simple
Cast on 120 stitches and join in the  round.
Knit 5 rows plain, then 5 rows purl until you have the desired size (or the yarn runs out - which ever comes first).
The Button Cowl was knitted in 10ply which makes a think, chunky knit and the addition of some buttons finishes it off beautifully.

The second cowl 'One Yarn Two Ways' was knitted in my cherished 'Louisa Harding Merino/Silk' using the same pattern.  The luxury feel gives a looser cowl which drapes beautifully.  It is wonderfully soft against the skin.

Using the same yarn, we knitted the Bandana Cowl using the Pattern from the Pearl Bee.

This cowl was also knitted in 'Louisa Harding Merino/Silk' in an alternate colourway.  In order to give a more 'snug' look, I only cast on 100 stitches.

Misty Morning Cowl

Our 'Misty Morning Cowl' was knitted using standard 8 ply.
It has a very simple eyelet pattern and knits up quickly and is perfect for a last minute gift.  A matching hat means that early morning walks are not so cold.

Trellis Vine Cowl

Utilising my love of vintage knits, this Trellis Vine Cowl was inspired by an 1884 lace pattern and being a big HUGE fan of Pride and Prejudice and all things romantic, I just loved knitting it up.  It was knitted in Debbie Bliss - Prima and is wonderfully soft.  The pattern can be worn either way.  One way it looks like a vine and upside down (or rightside up) it looks like interlocking hearts.

Picot Hearts Neckwarmer

The Picot Hearts neckwarmer is a snug fit cowl that has a delightful cable hearts pattern.  I used this cowl to perfect my cabling without a cable needle.  A link on how to do this is provided and it's the perfect project to get stuck into over the Easter long weekend.

Lego Brick Crochet Scarf

The  Lego Bricks crochet scarf is one of our most popular scarves.  This is wonderful for the young ones and those young at heart.  3 Primary colours was all that Deb needed for a bright and vibrant scarf.

Summer Rose Capelet

This Summer Rose Capelet was knitted for summer evening BBQ's or walks along the beach or even a garden party.  Wherever you want to wear it, it takes no time to knit up even with the addition of knitted roses.

Off to Canada Scarf

You could be headed to any cool climate with our Off To Canada scarf.  The fishermans rib pattern ensures that this is one warm scarf.

Our Mini Cable Wrap can be worn any way you choose.  It's quite a challenging project but well worth the end result.
Mini Cable Wrap
Needles in Newcastle

Needles in Newcastle is a very simple neck warmer.  You just need to use the chunkiest yarn in your stash and within hours, you will have a new cowl for your wardrobe.

Rose Medusa looks like Icord but it's actually knitted in the round and, by casting off all by 6 stitches and then casting on to knit another strand, the effect is quite stunning.
Rose Medusa Cowl

Happy Stash Busting,
Louise & Deb

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  1. Wow, so many beauties!! My favorites are the Trellis Vine Cowl and the Off to Canada Scarf ♥. One question: Where can I find the pattern for the Rose Medusa Cowl? The link leads to Needles in Newcastle instead and I cannot find the pattern on your blog. Thanks in advance for your help! Have a nice evening :-)
    xxx Nata

    1. Thanks so much for letting us know about the link Nata, I've changed it so it now should go to the Rose Medusa pattern. If you're still having trouble the direct link is - sorry for any inconvenience. Deb

    2. Hi Deb, thank you so much!! And don't worry, I know such things can happen easily :-). Everythings o.k. now, the cowl is a great creation, thanks again ♥
      xxx Nata


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