I’m really getting in the mood for fall – I want crisp nights, cool breezes, apple cider and carved pumpkins. I want thick, comfy sweaters and cozy, curled-up-under-blankets Sundays. Unfortunately, it’s still in the 90s here in Augusta. So, for now, I’m my fall cravings with knitting.
I just finished this Bandana Cowl, which I actually started last fall and then put down until just a week ago. It was such an easy knit once I picked it up again, I think I’ll make another one – I just have to decide who to gift it to when I’m done. I’m thinking someone up north, who can really enjoy it. I’ll probably only get to wear mine a few times this “winter” – not that I would even call what happens down here winter! ;) I’ve decided to write up a little pattern review on this one, so read on if you’re interested.
The Purl Bee’s Bandana Cowl Pattern Review
Yarn Called For: 100 – 130 yards of a bulky or worsted weight yarn
Yarn Used: approx. 150 yards of Cascade 128 Superwash in 862 Walnut Heather
Gauge & Finished Size Called For: 4 stitches/6 rows per inch, 12″ tall x 19″ circumference
My Gauge & Finished Size: 3 stitches/4 rows per inch, 16″ tall x 17″ circumference
Pattern Tip: Cast on/Bind off with bigger needles
Notes: I absolutely loved this cowl when I saw it, and after knitting the pattern I can truthfully say that I still love it, and would definitely knit it again. It was simple, fun and quick to work up – what more could you really ask for? It did take me a few tries to get the hang of the short rows, but that was because I’d never done short row shaping before.
I only have one tip for this pattern, which I mentioned above – use larger needles for your cast on and bind off. Erin suggests larger needles for bind off, but I don’t think she says anything about the cast on. I would use a larger needle size for both, and here is why: the first time I attempted this cowl I did not use a larger needle size for the cast on, and when I finished the entire cast-on edge was curved because it was too tight. I had to rip out the whole thing! So really, use those larger needles! I knit this on size 11 (8mm) needles, but cast on and bound off with size 15 (10mm)!!
My Opinion: I love this pattern – it’s easy, quick, a great way to learn or practice short row shaping and it turns out a lovely finished product. The Bandana Cowl is warm and cozy for winter, but small enough to wear during fall when you don’t need a serious scarf. Plus, it’s absolutely adorable.