Could it be cold toes in the morning or the windblown leaves suddenly spreading across sidewalks and city streets that inevitably signals the changing weather? Well, we can chase sunrays until the first heavy frost or get a jumpstart on the coming season with what has now become the trendiest accessory in knitwear– the cowl. These endless loops of snug, soft cosiness that pull on over the head so easily have pushed our well-worn scarves into the back of the closet for a few good reasons. Not only are cowls flattering to wear, they have a fuss-free personality that long tail scarves just cannot mess with, as well as the versatility to pull over your ears, cover up your head, and if knit wide enough they can be stretched over the shoulders as a capelet. Kids have made the transition to cowls too, its a closer and warmer fit around a tiny neck, and safer than loose scarf tails which can catch on objects easily.
For the best selection of cowl patterns this season, check out Katia’s newest accessory book- No. 7 featuring the latest in novelty yarns from fingering to bulky weight and more than twenty endless loop designs to choose from-
City style for guys and gals, this beginner level cowl is knit in Country. A spot-dyed bulky weight yarn which is surprisingly light, due in part to an innovative hollow core construction. Cast on in one of eight duo-toned neutrals ranging from white/grey to black/taupe.
Speedy results are guaranteed with this ruby red cowl knit in Park Avenue, last year’s trendy ruffle yarn reinvented for knitting on mega-sized needles. Black, navy, and greige are part of the classic range of shades.
Self-striping Darling from Katia’s F/W Collection makes a lightweight snoodie with extra width to pull up over your ears when the wind is fierce. Thirteen boldy dyed colourways are featured in this line up.
The simplicity of this cowl in a pale beige tone adds considerable charm to a crisp white shirt or a plain office cardigan, just as the right necklace might do. Knit in Alpacotton, a fun new textured yarn from Katia combining a chainette cotton in a swirl of brushed alpaca. Its the contrast of the two fibres that makes it so interesting with eight natural tones on board for the coming season. Chamois (shown above).
This luxurious ring of fluff could be the perfect accessory to dress up a tired-looking turtleneck or an old wool coat. Katia’s wintry white cowl is stunning and silky soft, knit in Brooklyn, a self-braided trim yarn that has multiple uses. Ten shades are in shops for easy picking.
Play up your passion for jewel-inspired hues with this rich cranberry cowl knit in Inca, one of the most popular qualities in Katia’s line up. Knit in an easy side-to-side ribbed pattern on 8.00 mm needles. Three new stripey shades have been added this season including cranberry (shown above).