What is a cowl? In one sense, it could be described as a cowl-neck sweater … without the sweater part!

Cowls come in all sizes, in bulky or lighter weight yarns, in short or long lengths meant for wearing around the neck. Often knit or crocheted as one continuous circle, they can be wide or narrow, and sometimes long enough to wrap around multiple times. For the past few seasons it seems that rectangular scarf-knitting fever has morphed into circular cowl-knitting fever. As time has passed, more cowl designs have appeared due to the popularity of the style. I began to wonder if the cowl-knitting craze was following the same path as the eyelash scarf-knitting craze that came and went, and was thinking that interest in cowls was declining.

Apparently not! To my surprise, one of my design submissions was accepted and has just been released in the autumn issue of Creative Knitting Magazine (the digital edition is available now and the print edition will be available on July 8.)

If you visit the “In This Issue” page you can see all the designs in the magazine, including my Double Triple Cowl:

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By clicking on the thumbnail photo there, a second view appears:

double triple cowl 1 M11211_Double_300

Photos © Annie’s

This cowl is knit in Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite, a soft, color-changing yarn dappled with sequins throughout. It consists of three sections that incorporate doubling the number of stitches, then reducing them to the original number. It’s long and narrow enough to wear like a necklace or to wrap around several times, as shown in the photos above.

Here’s another view of the Double Triple Cowl before it was sent in for its moment of fame in the fashion photographs:

double triple cowl for CK 4

Prior to this new design, I did create a few other cowls:

Zebra Cowl in book “Craft It Now

zebra cowl 1

Photo © Steven Siedentopf of Luna Root Studio

Lazy Afternoon Cowl

lazy afternoon cowl on C 1

Lemon-Twist Cowl

Lemon-Twist Cowl 1 fix

Lacy Gaiter in book “Knit Noro


© Sixth & Spring Books/Soho Publishing, 2011, photo by Rose Callahan

If you, like me, have been through the eyelash scarf-knitting phase and then a rectangular scarf-knitting phase and are presently in a cowl-knitting phase, it’s good to know they are still in fashion. Hope you enjoy the new design in the new issue of CK!


P.S.: Just learned that two more of my cowl designs will appear in the 2015 pattern-a-day calendars, available for pre-order now:

Tricolor Twig Cowl in Knitting 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar (releasing in July)

tricolor twig cowl 5

PentaCowl in Crochet 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar (releasing in August)

pentacowl 1

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  1. Lucy Bowen said,

    June 20, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Lovely cowls. I love them over scarves as they don’t unwind!

  2. Designs by KN said,

    June 20, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Kathryn Vercillo said,

    June 21, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

    I love the cowl roundup … and I love your description of what a cowl is!!

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