I know I’ve already professed my love for bandana cowls on this blog, but it bears repeating, I think. I love this accessory, so much so that one of my latest projects turned a shawl pattern into a cowl. Any that I’ve made before have all been patterns for this particular style, but there aren’t a lot of patterns on Ravelry, at least, not a lot of patterns easily found with searches.
Knowing the basic structure of the cowl, I took a shawl pattern and adapted it to become a cowl. In a nutshell, I knit flat, increasing 4 stitches every other round until a certain length, then I joined in the round, increasing 2 stitches every other round, at the centre of the cowl.
It worked really well with the Jocassee pattern, a free shawl by Kemper Wray. It features garter sections and drop stitch sections, and because it didn’t involve any super fancy stitch designs or lace, it was a good shawl to experiment with. I’m rather happy with the finished cowl but am looking forward to cooler weather before I can wear it more often. It’s far too hot here in Canada for any extra wool around the neck!
I’d also like to try this again, perhaps with a more complex stitch design and see if I can replicate my results.