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braided cowl for kids


Today I have another guest post on The Purl Bee! Although it is hard to imagine, fall is right around the corner, and nothing beats a cozy hand knit cowl for keeping you warm. I particularly like cowls for kids; they look great and somehow seem easier to manage than a scarf.


This is a perfect project for a weekend away...it only takes one skein of yarn and only a few hours to knit. The chunky yarn and simple braid add lots of texture, and I just love Blue Sky Worsted with its subtle hand dyed variations and super soft touch!


This is a very simple pattern even if you have never knit a cable before. The kids were all fascinated to see how to knit a braid! The instructions along with how to photos are all on the Purl Bee in the Project Journal for the Cowl...you can find that HERE.


P.S. Although I designed this pattern with the boys in mind the cowl fits every member of the family. Adam has already put in a request for his!

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Enough with the kid's stuff. Let's have something for grownups.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervictoria

This is super cute. And would be easy to adapt for larger sizes, Victoria. The pattern says it's 3.5 stitches to the inch and makes a cowl about 18" around. So if you want to make it bigger for an adult, just cast on more stitches — every 4 you add will give you a little over an additional inch in circumference.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren T

As I said at the end of my post, I designed this cowl with the kids in mind but it fits all of us, including my husband. There is actually no need to adapt the pattern unless you want a more loose fitting cowl. -Amy

August 27, 2012 | Registered Commentereclecticmom.com

So cute!! My son hates wool yarn (too itchy), but I've got some nice cotton I think will work.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Thanks, Liz!

August 28, 2012 | Registered Commentereclecticmom.com

This pattern is just what I've been looking for, so thank you! How much of the skein do you use up for one cowl? I want a cheaper yarn but don't know how many yards I should buy for two cowls. Thanks again!

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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