I am overly ambitious when it comes to making knit projects to give as gifts. Thus, the pile of UFO’s (Unfinished Objects) on the shelf in my craft closet. I first panic that I can’t finish it in time for the holidays, then resign myself to the inflexibility of time (why can’t I have an extra 6 hours per day in November and December, anyway?), and decide it will make an excellent Christmas gift…next year.
But I love it when I can knit up a fabulous gift in just a couple of evenings, say while watching the plethora of sappy holiday movies that I DVR each weekend (I’m looking at you, Hallmark Channel). I stumbled upon these gorgeous Chunky Knit Cowls at Flax & Twine, and now I’m a cowl-making fiend, I tell you! I liked this one made (in a color called Spice) that I had to make another for the original intended recipient.
Since I’m not the designer of the cowl, you’ll have to visit Anne’s addictive site for the pattern…but it’s a quick download, and a super easy pattern to knit. This Chunky Moebius Cowl took less than 5 hours to knit, and that was because I kept stopping to fast-forward through commercials.
While I usually prefer using all natural fiber yarn, this Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick makes a cozy, soft cowl to wear on hikes, walking the dog, or just while I enjoy the last bit of fall color in the backyard. And you can’t beat the price…the pattern calls for 3 skeins, but I only needed two to get the correct length, so it’s less than $15 to make.
One last selling point…it’s knit on straight needles, so if you can knit and purl, you can make this in nothing flat! And if you can’t knit at all, this would be a perfect starter project with very little to learn!