Crazy for Cowls

When it comes to knitting and crochet projects, do you play favorites? While I make my fair share of hats, toys, and even the occasional afghan or sweater, I’ve realized that I definitely have a favorite type of project. I am a cowl-aholic.

I like cowls because they are pretty quick to make and you can often wear them indoors and show them off all day long. They’re great for dressing up a plain shirt because they almost act like cozy yarn necklaces! These same wonderful qualities make them fantastic gifts as well, so keep them in mind as you’re planning your holiday crafting.

If you’re also crazy for cowls, check out a few fun projects in my crafting queue.

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Knitters, have you seen the Eternal Knot Cowl? The knot motifs are created with easy slipped stitches and symbolize friendship, so this pattern would be an amazing way to show a dear friend how much she means to you. I’m trying to decide which colors I want to use. What colors would you choose?

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I’m also a big fan of the Cinched Rib Cowl. This one will be easy knitting, but the cool smocked sections give it a little something special. If you’ve never wrapped stitches like this, our handy wrapped stitch tutorial will walk you through the process. The wraps highlight the different colors in the yarn, so a variegated yarn is perfect for this pattern.

Moonstone Cowl

Crocheters, can we take a moment to drool over the Moonstone Cowl together? I love how the diamond stitch pattern is both lacy and substantial. You can get completely different looks depending on the yarn you select, so this design is really versatile. It has been especially cold here in Colorado, so I’m leaning towards a worsted weight yarn to make my cowl a little cozier while still keeping the delicate look.

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Since it has been so chilly, the cozy texture of the Nottingham Cowl has been calling my name. The popcorn stitches are worked in a chunky yarn to make it extra plush, and it’s big enough to wear as a hood as well. I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this design!

If you haven’t gone crazy for cowls yet, I am officially inviting you to take the plunge! Do you have another favorite type of project? Share your thoughts with us here or on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Mother’s Day gift ideas

A handmade gift is a wonderful way to show your mom how much she means to you and thank her for everything she does. We’ve rounded up a few fabulous projects that are sure to make her heart swell. Some are quicker to make than others, but remember that you can always save these gems for next year if you’re pressed for time.

IMG_0404_ADJ_200pxIf you inherited your love of knitting from your mom, the Vacation Project Bag will make a sweet and thoughtful gift. She’ll carry her current works-in-progress with pride in this fun tote, and you can fill it with her favorite candies and a gift card to the spa to treat her to a well-deserved mini-vacation.

lilac leavesGive your mom the gift of glamour with the Lilac Leaves Scarf. The stunning lace pattern exudes grace and sophistication, and she’ll have a blast showing it off when you take her out for brunch.

Pearl_cuff_200Crocheters, the Pearl Cuff is a quick and lovely accessory you can make in your mom’s favorite color. Pair it with the Beaded Spiral Earrings for a set of jewelry she’ll always treasure.

MoonstoneCowl_DSC2532_200pxThe beautiful Moonstone Cowl will keep your mom warm in a chilly office or theater. Take her to see the movie she has been talking about for a wonderful Mother’s Day together.

Are you giving your mom a handmade gift this year? Don’t worry – we won’t spoil the surprise! I am making my mom one of the fun projects above, so stop by again on Friday to find out which one!