A big cozy neck wrap is the quintessential winter accessory and our best defense against the wind’s frosty fingers. Pile on this generous unisex scarf, cowl, or wrap in an edgy oversized striped version or knit solid in a traditional proportion to give as a gift. The pattern—fast and fun to knit—includes multiple sizes, making it a great candidate for gift knitting and stash busting. The scarf is worked back and forth in a flat construction while the cowl is worked in the round. The size is easily adjusted to suit your taste or yarn supply. And finally, this project is perfect for beginning lace knitters or those on the go; once memorized, it travels very well.
Shown here: cowls in size M (in solid red) and S (striped), knit with Bare Naked Wools Festivus 3.0, color Snow Miser and Kent DK, colors Tidepool and Beachglass.
Scarf in size M, knit with Bare Naked Wools Festivus 3.0, color Snow Miser
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Kent DK, Stone Soup DK, Ghillie Sport/DK, Better Breakfast DK, Confection Sport, Targhee Tango Sport, Finn Dandy 3-ply Sport, Chebris Sport, or any springy DK/light worsted yarn that knits to pattern gauge. Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size, drape, or yardage requirement.
scarf/wrap: 6.5(9.5, 12, 15, 20.5) inches wide and 56(63, 70, 77, 77) inches long
cowl: 28(60, 68) inches in circumference and 8.5(8.5, 11) inches in depth
Note: size may be adjusted; see notes on page 2
scarf/wrap: 300(475, 700, 975, 1300) yards
cowl: 225(450, 700) yards
19 sts and 31 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette (unblocked)
size 7US (4.5 mm) needle (or size to obtain correct gauge)