Sunday, February 19, 2012

Windy City Cowl

I knitted this cowl for my sister for Christmas.  It was very easy to knit and came together pretty quickly.

I found the pattern, designed by Jen Geigley, on Ravelry.  She calls is the GAP-Tastic Cowl, but I thought it more appropriate to call it the Windy City Cowl because my sister lives in Chicago.  If you're not familiar with Chicago winters, they can be brutal.  A thick, warm cowl like this really comes in handy!

I really like how the seed stitch turned out.  I've never knitted with seed stitch before and it took me a few rows to get into a rhythm.  After that though, it went really quickly. 

One note about the pattern - it calls for a US 13 (9mm) 24" circular needle.  I used a 13, but with a length of 34".  I'm not sure how it would work on a 24" - it seems like it would be really tight. 

The yarn I used is Wool Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand.  A bulky weight yarn, that is easy to knit with.

I didn't make the cowl as wide as the pattern calls for.  The pattern says 15", but I think I knitted until it was closer to 12".  I thought 15" might be just a little too wide.

I was in Chicago last weekend to visit my sister and celebrate my birthday.  I planned on taking a few pictures of the cowl for the blog, but completely forgot.  My sister did wear it one day, so here's a shot of it in action:

The picture above was taken on my 35th.  Is is just me, or does 35 sound waaaaay older than 34?

We had a great time together.  Did some shopping, watched our MSU Spartans beat Ohio State, and enjoyed cocktails and a delicious dinner.

Here's my sister & I with our Mom, taken after my birthday dinner:

If you are looking for an easy knit, try this cowl - you'll like it!


  1. I made this cowl and my other friends have made it too! I gave mine to my youngest daughter. She loves it!! Really easy to make!

  2. Happy belated birthday! Chicago is such a fun place to celebrate! I sure do miss it!!!

  3. This is so beautiful! I've never knitted before, and this makes me want to learn. I could totally use a warm pretty like this in my life :)

  4. So I'm a long time stalker... and I came out to say, yes, 35 sounds way older than 34. I too just turned 35. Ugh, I'm not closer to 40 than 30. I love your blog.

  5. As someone who is about to turn 36, I only wish I could go back to 35! Now I'm closer to 40 which is just plain scary. However, I don't feel it!
    Happy belated birthday! Love the blog!

  6. I wish I knew how to knit things! It looks very cozy and warm. Perfect for the chill in the Windy City.


  7. i knitted for sometime when my older sil started doing it BUT i just didn't stick with it. love this cowl, i'll have to have my sil make me one :)

  8. I need to start knitting again Alissa. This is beautiful.

  9. Beautiful cowl, Alissa. And happy birthday!

  10. I seriously need to learn to knit.

    I nominated you as one of my favorite blogs to follow. Pop on over and take a look

  11. Hi, Alissa.

    Really nice cowl. And it's green! I don't know how to knit but I'm very good at crochet. I hope to learn knitting, too!

    Thanks for sharing this :)


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