Monday, March 25, 2013

The Northern Spring Shawl/Cowl

Or as I like to call it, a "Showl".  This is my latest knitting pattern, inspired by a beautiful shawl/cowl/infinity scarf that a lady in town wove. This "showl" is a great in-between season accessory and looks great with a light coat or sweater to add a little extra warmth. 
 Ah, Northern Spring, or as others like to call it, "Winter."

 The texture of this "showl" is lovely, the linen stitch gives it the appearance of being woven and the reverse side feels so luxurious.

Northern Spring Shawl-Cowl (Showl)
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky in Grey Heather, 6 skeins

Needles: 8mm

Gauge: 3st and 4 rows = 1 inch in linen stitch (gauge is not too important in this project)

Measurements: 19 inches wide and 6 feet long

ybk-bring yarn to the back of work
yfwd-bring yarn to the front of work

Notes: This "showl" is cast on using an open/invisible cast-on and then joined to the end using kitchener stitch to make a continuos loop. The seam is still somewhat visible though, and if doing an open cast-on is intimidating for you, go ahead and use your regular cast-on method and sew up the two ends in whatever way works best for you.

Cast on 60 stitches using the invisible or open cast-on method.
Work in linen stitch until "showl" measures 6 feet long. Linen stitch pattern is as follows:
*k1, yfwd,  sl1, ybk* until 2 stitches remain. k2
*p1,ybk, sl1, yfwd* until 2 stitches remain. p2

When shawl/cowl measures 6 feet long, place the open cast-on stitches on a needle as well, twist the shawl/cowl in one full twist (like an infinity scarf) and join the two edges in kitchener stitch to make one continuos loop. Weave in ends. Wrap that "showl" around you and revel in its softness and warmth with a mind at ease, knowing that you didn't have to sacrifice comfort for style.


  1. This shawl is very beautiful. The first Picture is my favorit. Lovely dress.
    Greetings Love, Susanne
    (Sorry for my bad english)

    1. Thank you Susanne! I got the dress at Old Navy :)

  2. I live in the Mid-west (USA) and looking forward to knitting this!

    1. Glad you like it Sarah! How's the weather out there now? We are finally getting some melting happening here!

  3. Love this, Kris! It is so comfy and beautiful. Good work:)

  4. This is lovely! How fast did it take you? I'm thinking by the time I get 6' knit it'll be summer - even though I'm a fast knitter....
    P.S. - you are just so cute !

    1. Aww, shucks! haha, it took me forever to knit it! But I would only do small increments a night. I probably knit over the course of 2 and a half months.

  5. I cant wait to try this- I love your name for it- thanks for sharing : )

  6. Love this Kristin, Catherine

  7. Love this! Can't wait to get started! I love that you share your creations and are always so detailed in the patterns with helpful notes. I appreciate you :)

    ~Mischa in Arizona


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