Finished Bandana Cowl


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.

6 Responses

  1. I made this cowl, as well, and loved it! Mine was a Christmas gift for my 20-year-old niece.

    Found you via altforeveryone. Look forward to following along!
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    • Laura says:

      Hi Cathy! I remember seeing you in some of my Alt classes – thanks for stopping over :) I looooove this cowl, but it hasn’t been cool enough in Georgia to where it (still in the 80s here) :( I think I’m going to make one for my cousin for her birthday… she lives in Minnesota so I think she’d get some good use out of it!

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi Laura,
    Yours turned out really nice. I really like this pattern. It was so fun to make. That is a good idea to use a larger needle when casting on. I’ll have to try it when I make it again. The point on mine tends to curl in even after I blocked it. I like the neutral colors for this so it can be work with anything!
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    • Laura Mason says:

      Thanks Jess :) I might end up making another one, it goes so fast and I love that – most things I knit take foreverrrrr!

  3. Trisha says:

    Hi Laura,

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for posting this – I found your site (this post) while searching (for images!) of the ‘bandana cowl’ so I could show my sister what I’m currently working on. An image from your site came up and when I clicked on it I landed here, and am glad I did!

    I found this same pattern on Ravelry and have been trying to knit this (in a lovely turquoise yarn, for my Mom), but have ripped it apart several times (partly because I’ve also had trouble grasping the finesse of the short rows, I’m a beginner knitter and this is only my second project)…..and have struggled with a too-tight cast on but didn’t know how to make it looser without losing the structure…..I LOVE your tip about using a larger needle for casting on! The pattern doesn’t mention that.

    I browsed around your site a bit and read a few other posts – just wanted you to know that even if you don’t get tons of comments, your posts and tips are very helpful – I also loved the one about the blanket that came out looking like a kite! I plan to make a blanket next, so I will keep your experience in mind.

    Thanks for being on the internet!

    • Laura Mason says:

      Hi Trisha! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! It really means the world to me. And I’m so glad that you were able to find this article and found it helpful, as well as some of the other ones. It makes me happy to know that there is someone on the other end reading this stuff and enjoying it. Thank YOU for being awesome and sweet :)

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