06 April 2012

Weekend DIY: Easter Cowl

This post is written by contributing author Laurie Fortier. 
Hi everyone! It is a true honor for me to be a part of the contributors team here on Sonya's extraordinary blog! You will find me here on the first Friday of the month talking about things related to yarn and sustainable, simple living.

Today, I want to share a knitting DIY that anyone can make. Yes, even if you have never knit before, you can do this! The magic is in the yarn! You do a simple knit stitch and the yarn does all the work.

Thanks to this amazing blend of mohair, mohair boucle, wool, glitter and ribbon, you can make this cowl and everyone who sees it will be impressed by your work!

You will need:

  • 1 skein of Be Sweet Magic Ball yarn, Spring Garden (or any of the 54 colorways!)
  • 1 16" circular needle size 13 US,  9mm
  • 1 tapestry needle 

Step 1:

Cast on 60 stitches.
Tip: They will seem tight on the needle, but don't worry. The stitches loosen as you knit.

knitted cowl supplies Step 2:

Join in the round being careful not to twist.
Tip: If you are worried about twisting the stitches, you can knit flat for a few rounds and then join. You just stitch the bottom together at the end.

knitted cowl in the round

Step 3:

Knit every stitch.
Tip: You can place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round, but it isn't necessary because you are just making a tube.

knitted cowl tube

Step 4:

Watch the magic unfold!

This yarn is self striping and a mixture of all kinds of yarn. That's the magic! The combination of fuzzy mohair and big needles also means that you can make mistakes and they won't show!

knitted cowl diy

Step 5:

Stop knitting when you have about 72" or 2 meters of yarn left. Bind off loosely in knit and weave in the ends with the tapestry needle.
Tip: If you are a new knitter, you can bind off with a size 15 needle to make sure the bound off stitches aren't too tight.

knitted cowl ready

Step 6:

Voila! You are ready to wear your cowl in the Easter parade!

Laurie Fortier has been a teacher of languages, psychology and pedagogy for over 26 years. Her passion for learning and sharing knowledge permeates everything she does. Her transition into blogging seems to be a natural step. She blogs about her love of knitting and natural fibers in addition to owning her own online yarn shop where supporting sustainable development guides all her business decisions. Connect to Laurie via twitter and facebook.