A relaxing knit for one special skein of yarn. It’s a perfect match for early Autumn. Say hello to the Lollygag Cowl
Why I love this pattern
- It’s an easy knit, perfect for on-the-go or while watching a show.
- It super easy to wear, no fuss about getting it to look right, it just does!
- It uses just one skein, so that “special” one languishing on the shelf can finally be enjoyed.
- Anyone can knit this… and for knitters that can knit anything, it’s still super fun on the needles.
- Gift knitting can be a challenge with sizes, but not this cowl, it will fit all bodies, yay!
One skein wonders are one of my favorite things to pattern-stash. Somehow I always have a few single-skeins of gorgeous yarn that hang around waiting for the right project. I’ve been on a quest to design one-skein wonders that will really show off those special yarns.
Hurry up Autumn…
It’s 97 degrees today. Breaking yet another ‘record’ for summer heat this year. It feels like I’m living on the sun lately. But, it’s nearly September and that means it’s time to start looking at Autumnal colors and cooler weather knits.
I could not be more ready and am beyond-words excited.
Lollygagging – an underrated activity
Lollygagging, or dawdling, dillydallying, wandering aimlessly, “wasting” time… whatever you call it, it’s often lobbed as an insult or criticism. Implying you should be doing something else, or being more efficient. Well… I disagree with that general implication.
I am a firm believer in finding a bit of time every day to just Lollygag. This cowl feels like a Lollygag-time project, and it certainly can be an item to wear whilst Lollygagging outside this Fall.
I knit up this sample in Regia Premium Silk 4-ply, color Red Rust. 1) It is the perfect autumnal brown/red, don’t you think? 2) I wanted to show the pattern details on sort of a blank canvas ready for your personal touch.
I’m debating starting a special yarn review section to give all my thoughts on the yarns I find. But for now, let’s just say this yarn is divine! It is similar to my beloved Regia Merino Yak but less rustic. The silk added to the drape of the final product, yet the wool made it easy to block. Super soft on the neck and just all around a perfect match for a lightweight cowl like this.
Special skeins of yarn. I’m sure you have some. Speckled, sparkly, striped, variegated, tonal… seriously every single skein of yarn would be completely appropriate for this project. After I knit the first one, I started eye-balling other skeins on my shelf. Check out these amazing examples from some awesome test knitters.
I really mean it, the Lollygag Cowl can be knit by anyone that has knits and purls figured out. There’s a lot of soothing garter rows to indulge in with simple increases and decreases to create the overall shape.
Fanciness is always an extra bit of fun, though. Just a few rows of easy to work lace eyelets with stockinette borders add a bit of interest along the way and add that something-special when it’s worn.
Psst… not all eyelets are the same. I swatched a bunch before I decided on this one. It comes out even every time and I just love the way it looks.
Easy to Wear Cowls
Cowls can be tricky to sort out around your neck so they don’t look all bunched and messy. Not this one! I’m a huge fan of knitwear I can just grab & go with. No fussing about in the mirror, no clips or pins, it just slides over your head and wears perfectly.
Less fabric in the back and an angle in the front, it’s perfect for wearing with jackets. In my case, I also have very thick, long hair and a lot of cowls and wraps are too bulky at the back of my neck if my hair is down. If you haven’t tried a cowl in this shape, give it a go, you will see what I mean by it being so wearable!