I have a new favourite knitting project, and I think I’m a wee bit obsessed. Since delving into this knitting obsession hobby, I’ve become a bin fan of shawls, scarves and any other neck accessory (neck-cessory?). The problem with shawls is that throughout the day, they shift, they slouch, they constantly need to be adjusted.
Enter the bandana cowl. Guys, they are, in my very humble opinion, the perfect cowl. They have interest with the shape – they look like a shawl, but without the fuss of constantly fiddling with the ends. If you choose a simple pattern, the yarn can shine, like with my Escarpment Cowl. The yarn was the fabulous Mineville Wool Project Merino DK Single, named in honour of the Ontario Science Centre, and the colours were truly the star with the rich blues and greens. The simplicity of the pattern, designed by Shireen Nadir of Blue Brick Yarns, truly showcases the yarns. It was designed in mind for her Blue Brick gradients – if you haven’t checked out this indie Canadian dyer yet, please head over to her website. My apologies in advance to your bank account.
Even with a more intricate pattern, like Tipsoo Cowl by britt schmiesing, which somehow just FLEW off my needles a few weeks ago, the yarn still can be the star is naturally is (it’s Indigodragonfly, because I know you were curious) and yet the pattern allows for texture difference and adds interest to a knitter who may not always like the appeal of endless rounds of simple stockinette.
I’ve been endlessly searching Ravelry for more patterns of this structure. I’m hoping to become comfortable enough with the construction of this accessory to perhaps experience to with my own designs. I end up wearing most shawls wrapped around my neck. These bandana cowls allow for the same look of a shawl without the bulk and without the fuss. Like I said, my perfect cowl.