Monday, October 11, 2010

REVIEW: Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing to Knit

Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing to Knit
by Cathy Carron
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (October 5, 2010)


Cathy Carron is back with Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing To Knit, a collection of more than 40 designs to keep necks warm all winter long.  Cowls are not only the hottest new accessory, they're also quick to knit and a great use for luxury yarns.  They just might be a knitter's new best friend!

Cowl Girls covers several variations, including gaiters, snoods, balaclavas, collars, infinity scarves and necklaces.  Confused as to exactly what each term means?  No worries, Cathy provides a handy guide to make sure you get the name-game right.  While the majority of patterns are written in the round (thank you, no seams!), a chart is provided to adapt any of the patterns to either in the round or back and forth knitting.

Some of my favorite patterns...
  • Aran-Go-Braid, a Celtic inspired cowl, knit in three separate pieces before being braided and sewn together
  • World's Fair, a beautiful piece of colorwork, this one is on my must-knit list for sure
  • Neverending Story, a super long cowl that can be worn as an infinity scarf or doubled up for more warmth around the neck 
  • Need for Tweed, THE cowl for luxury yarn, this one combines a wool-angora blend with a chunky cashmere blend to produce a cowl you'll want to wear 24/7

Grab yourself a copy of Cowl Girls and forget about tired old scarves this holiday gift-knitting season.  Surprise the ones you love with something comforting, warm and stylish - cowls can be worn in several different ways, layered under or over jackets, creating multiple looks to get you through the winter months.  Even the hard-to-please teenager will be thrilled with a pocketed gaiter that will not only keep her warm, but hold her Ipod as well.  Got a ski bunny on your to-knit list this year?  Knit her the Cowl of Many Colors, which coverts from a snug gaiter to a balaclava that covers the ears and head as well. 

About the Author: Cathy Carron is a knitwear designer and owner of Pond Edge Bespoke Designs, a hand-knit hat business. Her patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knit. 1, Knit Simple, Interweave Knits and knitscene magazines. She is the author of Hip Knit Hats, Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down and Hattitude. Cathy lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.


WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh! I need to buy this! I love cowls and I've decided that I love to knit them too. Why not, scarves seem to go on forever and a cowl is on circs giving me a sense of accomplishment even if it uses the same amount of yarn.

The book looks fun.

Unknown said...

I like alot of those but I cant knit to save my life :)

Kathy R said...

I've been wondering about that book. Looks like it's full of good stuff.

SissySees said...

I love cowls AND a good pun, so I might just NEED this book!

Marjie said...

And, of course, don't forget cowls for the fur-kids, like Chan's girls!

Bubblesknits said...

I've thought seriously about buying this one. Trying to be good, though.

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