I first discovered my love of kiddie cowls a couple years ago. My friend was turning some sweatpants into capri’s and Hunter took the leg and put it over her head. She didn’t take it off for hours. I kept putting it on her and everywhere we went people asked us where we got it!
Thus began my love of the kiddie cowl. No bulk under a coat, nothing to fiddle with or to fall off and get lost, it’s perfect! This year I’m making kiddie cowls for many of the wee ones I know, we have 3 patterns and I think I’ll make one of each.
Tall Dark and Handsome ::: simple and satisfying texture
As I’ve said, I just love this pattern. Tall Dark and Handsome is perfect for the little men I know and it works just fine for a lass too! Simple combinations of knits and purls result in a texture that reminds me of wheat. It seemed fitting that I used Madelinetosh Vintage in Winter Wheat for Hunter’s latest cowl.
Oats ::: free and fabulous for new knitters
Oats is from our Simple Collection, so it’s free! Oats stylishly combines garter and stockinette to create a lovely asymmetrical cowl. It comes in 3 sizes, Adult Short (just over the head), Adult long (to wrap luxuriously), and of course, Kiddie!
Gather ::: an intriguing and easy technique
If you are looking for a cowl that looks more complicated (but really isn’t) we have just the pattern for you. Gather uses a simple technique called smocking to create a stitch that looks a bit like cabling. The cowl has smocking stitch all over but don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial. It’s much easier than cabling, and creates such a great high-relief result!
How do you keep your kiddies warm? Mittens on string? Cozy cabled caps?
A few other adorable wee things…