Quick Knits: Ten Cool Cowls

What’s not to like about cowls? They keep your neck warm (and sometimes your ears warm). They don’t fall off and get lost while you’re shopping. And many are quick knits. All of these benefits make them a great idea for holiday knitting! Here are a few of my go-to favorites:

Present by Mademoiselle C  Aran weight, 180 yards, size 8 needle. Try Biscotte & Cie Griffon, Cascade 220 Superwash Aran, or JulieSpins Aran.


Ice River Snood by Helen Stuart  Bulky weight, 250 yards, size 10 needle. Try Fiber Company Tundra, or Spud and Chloe Outer.


A Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik-Whittle  DK weight, 200 yards, size 6 needle. Try Uncommon Thread Merino DK, Magpie Swanky DK, or Into the Whirled Dresden DK.


Song of the Sea by Louise Zass-Bangham  Fingering weight, 300-500 yards, size 6 needle. Try Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, Wollmeise Pure, or Uncommon Thread Everyday Singles.


Catherine Cowl by Bobbi Intveld  Fingering weight, 200 yards, size 2 needle. Try Fiber Company Canopy Fingering, Uncommon Thread Posh Fingering, or Knerd String Fingering.


Howling Winds Cowl by Hannah Thiessen  Super Bulky, 80-90 yards, size 15 needle. Try Malabrigo Caracol, or Malabrigo Rasta.


Summer Wind by Irishgirlieknits Fingering weight, 385-420 yards, size 5 needle. Try Abstract Fibers Super Sock, Hue Loco Phyllis, or Hedgehog Fibres Sock.


Olivia Cowl by Michele Rose Orne  Worsted weight, 275 yards, size 8 needle. Try Blue Sky Woolstok, Cascade 220, or Malabrigo Rios.


Cozy Cowl by me – easy pattern in link notes. Worsted weight, 300 yards, size 9 needle. Try Spud and Chloe Sweater, Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool, or Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted.


Slipping Through the Cracks by YaYa Lovestoknit  Worsted weight, 320 yards, size 7 needle. Try Spun Right Round SW Merino Worsted, Dream in Color City, or Malabrigo Rios.


Do you have other quick knits that you like to make around the holidays?

Last week’s contest books were won by Marylu Crawford and MK Bishop. Email us (support@theloopyewe.com) with your address and we’ll get these out to you!

Here are today’s two book giveaways! Leave a comment to enter. Tell us your favorite cowl pattern! (And which book you prefer, should you win.)

Sheri whofinishedanothercowlthisweekwillsharesoon

P.S. This week’s book winners and next week’s book winners will both be announced on the 12/10 blog post.


  1. I LOVE that lush looking Cozy Cowl by the amazing Sheri Berger! It is simple but looks fantastic and elegant and I think even tho my holiday knitting is done, I must make one. For ME! Since I have already won a book in the giveaways, if my name is drawn, pls let some other knitter or crocheter have the thrill!

  2. I’ve made several Quick Slip Cowls. The pattern calls for super bulky weight yarn, but I’ve used bulky weight yarn. It works up quickly, and the finished product looks good on both the right and wrong sides. I’d prefer the crochet book.

  3. Loop Scarf to Knit by Val Love (Ravelry $7.00)

    I learned to knit in July 2011, and this was the first cowl I made in December of that same year. I was so darn proud of myself!

    I like to crochet also, so the crochet book would be my choice.


  4. Thanks for all the cowl suggestions. I’m currently knitting Queens Spiral Cowl. Love the pattern.using Lorna’s Laces Soulmate from TLE. I would love to add the weaving book to my library.

  5. I am on my 4th Malabrigo Quick Slip Cowl using Malabrigo Rasta. Making matching mittens for each one, too. So encouraging to see projects get finished so quickly! I will have a blocking party soon. I would love the Weaving Made Easy book. I just bought 2 rigid heddle loom so it would come in handy. 🙂

  6. My favorite Cowl is Simple yet Effective by Tin Can Knits. Ohhh, I would so love the weaving book! I have taken a couple classes and love to weave. My next step is to set up my 4 shaft floor loom. I found it at an estate sale and got an amazing deal.

  7. The only cowl I’ve made multiple times is Dipped Infinity, and the one I wear most often is Camptown Races.

    The weaving book looks great!

  8. My favorite cowl is Project Peace. Haven’t finished mine yet, but love the texture and used it in another project.

    Would love Clever Crocheted Accessories – I don’t want to add another craft!

    Thanks for the contests!

  9. I like a close fitting cowl when I am in snow country and usually knit a
    Seamus Cowl & Infinity Scarf by IrishGirlieKnits. It is a fast knit with a nice soft tight spun wool. It keeps the cold and the snow out.

    I am currently enjoying the short Feather and Fan scarf for friends and family. It is in lace which I did not use very much in the past. This scarf looks lovely and so far has been a hit.

    I am interested in weaving.

  10. My favorite cowl to make is a personal pattern, crocheted moebius loop done in back loop SC (I think over the last couple years I’ve bought about 20 Malabrigo Caracol just for this 😉 ).

    Would love the crocheted accessories book.

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