For Golden December, my DIY goal was to make several of my gifts for friends and family. Knitted gifts were an easy go-to because I absolutely love knitting, and I’m trying to build my knitting skills.
I’ve been obsessing over cowls lately, so I decided to knit three different types of cowls for gifts. The first cowl started as a scarf and then became a cowl :). The scarf pattern was based on one I had seen in the book More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (on page 41) by Joelle Hoverson. The scarf in the book is pretty dainty, so I made it about twice as wide as the scarf.
I used size 10 knitting needles and two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky in the violet color. After completing the pattern, I blocked the scarf before joining the ends together. If you’re interested in making this cowl, I highly recommend picking up the More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts book (and using the “big lace scarf” pattern as a base like I did). There are tons of great patterns in this book, and it’s broken down into sections by how long it would generally take someone to knit the gifts in each section (from less-than-2-hours to more-than-8-hours).
Here’s my friend Shappy modeling her new birthday cowl:
Next up I made two cowls in December using Elise’s Super Simple Knitted Cowl pattern. I love knitting in the round, and I couldn’t pass up how quick and easy this cowl looked. It did not disappoint. I used her easy instructions exactly except that I made mine a bit longer (meaning I knit more than the 59 rows), because I was making mine for a friend on the taller side, so I wanted to make sure it was extra roomy. Since I’m also on the taller side, I just kept testing it on myself until I felt like it was the right length. I also used a single strand of yarn that was a bit thicker instead of the two strands of a thinner yarn like Elise did. I loved making this one so much, I made a second one for my sister-in-law.
Here are the two simple cowls in progress. I unfortunately didn’t take any finale pictures, but both girls loved them.
The best thing about these cowls is that you can multitask while you make them. Because you’re just knitting non-stop in the round you don’t have to worry about watching the cowl that closely like you would with more complicated patterns.
Inspired by Elise’s design but wanted something a bit more textured, I used a double seed stitch in the round.
I cast on 120 stitches, joined the ends, and then I placed a marker (this was critical for me) and started the pattern:
Row 1 (Right side): Knit 1, pearl 1; from start of row to finish.
Row 2: Repeat
Row 3: Pearl 1, Knit 1; from start of row to finish
Row 4: Repeat
That’s in! Having the marker there was key so I knew when to swith my stitches. I didn’t keep track with the row numbers, I just did two of the same and then switched and kept going.
I knitted 160 rows and that used up two entire skeins and then I cast off.
Did you knit any holiday gifts this year?