Ruched Cowl Knitting Pattern (Free)

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Ruched Knit Cowl

A simple knit cowl is turned into something special with the addition of ruching.  Grab this free pattern and enjoy knitting a beautiful cowl to go with your favorite jacket or outfit.

Challah Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern

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Challah Infinity Knit ScarfYou’ll love the different looks you can create with this beautiful knit scarf.  This challah infinity scarf intertwines different designs and can be worn as a long scarf, or wrapped to create a warm cowl.  Knit Challah Infinity Scarf Pattern

 

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Saddle Up With a Pretty Cowboy Cowl

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This pretty knit cowl is called a Cowboy Cowl.  It’s a fitting name since the design is more like a kerchief shape than a traditional cowl design.  Although the pattern falls into the easy category, I think that there is enough variety in the pattern to appeal to more experienced knitters as well.

I like knitting cowls because they are easy to take on the go.  And, the finished product is versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits.  You can use it more like a scarf to keep your neck warm when outdoors.  Or, as an accessory to add a splash of color to an outfit.  From day to night, a cowl can be a festive and fun accent piece to dress-up, or wear casually.  These also make great gifts because you don’t have to worry about sizes as one size fits all.

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Eyelet Brioche Scarf

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anouschka-scarfThis pretty scarf has an eyelet pattern that is combined with brioche stitching.  It’s nice to see a pattern that works the brioche stitch with other complimentary design features.  It adds a much lighter touch to the scarf and gives it an airy feel.

I love that this scarf can be worn as a traditional long scarf.  Or, cinch it and wear it as a cowl.

Anouschka Scarf Pattern

 

Fall Knitting Magazines Hit the Stands

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It always amazes me how every year the weather changes like clockwork towards the end of August. We had a blistering hot summer with many heat waves with temperatures about 90 degrees. Yet here we are at the end of August and fall is in the air. Our daytime temperatures have been perfect, around 80 degrees and at night it cools off considerably. So I wake up to a cooler house and I immediately start thinking about school starting, the leaves changing colors and of course knitting beautiful pieces to keep me warm in the colder weather. With my mind on knitting, I was thrilled when the new fall knitting magazines started to hit my mailbox.

Vogue knitting magazine: Fall 2011

I feel like I just reviewed the Early Fall edition and here I am talking about the Fall issue. With Nordic Gloves adorning the front cover, this issue has a fall feel from first glance. The patterns inside also get you thinking about the colder weather. With hats, gloves and sweaters galore, the Vogue Knitting Fall issue has some beautiful projects to add to your to-do list. There are 3 quick projects that I think I’ll be adding to my list. The first is a hooded cowl that is knit with a cabled panel. The second project that caught my eye is a braided cowl.

Vogue Knitting Magazine: kate-middleton-cardigan

Vogue knitting magazine: Kate Middleton Cardigan

Yes, I guess it looks like I’ll be wearing a lot of cowls this season. That’s OK with me because I find them to be great accessories that pair well with turtlenecks and plain shirts. It can be an inexpensive way to dress-up any outfit. Layer a beautiful knit cowl over an inexpensive t-shirt and you’ve got a look that people will think cost a lot of money. Of course choosing beautiful yarns is the key to making a knit cowl, or any knit wear, look stunning.

The last project that I’ll be adding to my list is the Cropped Angora Cardigan whose design is inspired by the adorable cardigan that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day. This simple, but elegant cardigan complements any outfit. Like the cowls I mentioned above, the key to this project is choosing a luxurious yarn. A soft angora yarn gives this cardigan texture and personality. You can find the pattern for this sweater on the Vogue Knitting website.

If you gave your knitting needles a brake this summer, it’s time to dust them off and get back in the swing of things. Whether it’s picking up one of your works-in-progress or starting a new project, I hope that the Fall 2011 knitting season brings you great joy.

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