Let’s do this

Hi there, January, I’ve been waiting for you.

You see, back in December I knitted myself a super quick and super warm garter stitch cowl, and then for weeks we actually had quite mild temperatures (Christmas was grey and rainy rather than cold and snowy), so I didn’t get to wear it for almost a month after knitting it. But January is here, and me and this cowl are going to get through the -20C or whatever you are going to throw at us. Well, me and the cowl and a down coat and some Sorel boots. But the cowl is the REAL piece of the puzzle here.


This is what you can do with a single skein of Cascade Magnum, a pair of 12mm/US#17 needles, and about 1.5 movies on Netflix worth of time. Pretty great. It’s this sort of project that makes people go crazy for the bulky weight yarn in December – quick project, quick gift, and SO WARM.

My friend Bridget at my former Peterborough LYS made herself one of these last winter, and I wanted one too. She gave me permission to share it with you fine folks as well! Mine is a slightly modified version of hers, but here’s what I did.


Take your skein of Cascade Magnum or equivalent yardage of another super bulky yarn, some 12mm/US#17 or so needles (Bridget used 15mm).
Cast on 22 sts.
Work every row as follows: Slip 1, knit 20, purl 1.
Repeat until it is as long as you want, or until you almost run out of yarn.
Sew that sucker up as nicely or as not nicely as you like.


And that’s it, voila! You have a cowl I love mine. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t considered making another one, just for the satisfaction of it.

I hope your first Monday of the New Year is as painless as possible. Stay warm, knitter friends!


  1. What a lovely squishy looking cowl! I hope it keeps you super warm πŸ™‚

  2. Marlene Dee · ·

    Thanks for this great idea. I’m starting to knit for Christmas 2015, and this cowl would be a fast easy knit in a solid or variegated yarn. My 12 year old granddaughter could join me in a ‘Cowlathon’ as she could manage this pattern. Love your posts!

  3. Aunt Tracy · ·

    I just ordered some bulky yarn for some mittens .. last week. Should have ordered more, considering it is -3F around these parts.

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess · ·

    Love it. I’m thinking about trying something similar with several strands of worsted yarn. I have no intentions in yarn shopping in this weather.

  5. This is lovely! I’ve been freezing recently, might have to make one for me!

  6. Oh my goodness I need one! That looks so warm and cosy!

  7. Hurray for fast knitting fixes. I’m about 6 films from finishing a sleeve and wishing I had something more quick and satisfying to play with!

  8. That looks so cozy. You’ll need that beauty this week, now that “real” winter has arrived (boo! go away!).

  9. You’ll definitely get some good use out of it.
    I just made myself a handspun hat for the same reason! Brrrr!

  10. Simplicity is great and with the temperatures we’re getting you’ll surely be using it a lot. πŸ™‚

  11. twistedsticks · ·

    I am working on a deep red cowl right now with cable work! So fun. I like this one also.

  12. OOOHHH, that yarn is beautiful!

  13. I keep thinking you take your project photos in a yarn store due to the yarn in the background, but no, it’s just your amazing house, damn you.

  14. I don’t like bulky yarn to much. I have some nice worsted I could use. How would I alter the pattern for thinner yarn?

  15. sometimes less is more – I love your cowl πŸ™‚

  16. I recently made myself a nice bulky cowl out of my own handspun, but honestly, it’s not really working out the way I wanted it to. That thing looks amazingly cozy. I might have to frog the one I have and try one of those…

  17. Love it! It looks so cozy.

  18. In the coldest parts of winter, it’s all about closing that gap at the top of your coat.

  19. It’s pretty, it’s simple, I love it! πŸ™‚

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  21. What a beautiful cowl! I must make one for myself. Cold temperatures are really beginning to hit hard.

  22. I need to make one of these. It looks so warm & cozy. And I love the simplicity of it. Beautiful!

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