The bulky cowl is a special category of handknit. Special as in specialfantastic. You get in and out so fast that you don’t even have time to wonder when you’re going to finish. You are finished. You made a bulky cowl!
The arrival of Jill Draper’s Brunswick bulky in our shop has of course sent me on a ramble to figure out what my pattern game is going to be.
Let’s go to the videotape:
Gin Thistle by Thea “Baby Cocktails” Colman. This is a dandy—with bulky yarns, you have to move fast to get any tricky bits in there. I love the way the cables transition from the ribbed edging. There’s art to be found everywhere, you know?
PHOTO BY THEA COLMAN, taken in literal blizzard
Diagonal Striped Garter Stitch Loop from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. They’re a very clever bunch out there, the Churchmice living the dream on their dreamy Bainbridge Island in the dreamy state of Washington. Good for you, you tea-infused maniacs! Those of us sitting landlocked in the provinces plot our bucket-list trips to Churchmouse. It will happen, y’all. Meanwhile, we take comfort in their Diagonal Striped Garter Stitch Loop, a typically elemental and lovely design. Satisfies that craving for completion, and also the craving to make stripes. While living in the provinces.
Photo by those wooded-island-dwelling folk at Churchmouse Yarns No We’re Not Bitter Or Anything
Biggie Cowls by everybody’s favorite bulky knitter, Kay Gardiner. What you can’t see here is the sideways cable part—madness! Note that the pattern calls for Super Bulky, which outbulkies our Jill Draper Brunswick. This means that you can make this pattern with Brunswick and end up with something slightly less biggie than the cowl shown here. Program note: Please stop writing—we can confirm that Kay’s dear daughter Carrie survived the modeling of this accessory, though some chiropractic and acupuncture may have been required.
Photo by Kay “It’s Blurry On Purpose” Gardiner
Lush Brioche Cowl by Cassondra Rizzardi. The brioche bandwagon is a fun place to be these days. Kudos to Cassondra for making this cowl superlong for maximal enswathing of the neck zone. I can see Brunswicking the heck out of this thing.
Photo by Cassondra Rizzardi, brioche enabler
Photo by Mary-Ann Lammers, shown here wearing HER invisibility cloak UNDER HER COWL
Photo by Gale Zucker; pattern by Gale Zucker. Show-offy? Maybe
Heavy Duty by Laura Aylor. This gem has a cool asymmetrical shape to it, knit in the round and magically longer on the back side. You could wear this one almost as a coat. Is it a cowl? A semi-poncho? Whatever it is, I love it.
Photo by the ever-clever Laura Aylor
I could go on all day with the bulky cowl recommendations—but these are the top o’ the heap, A-number-one candidates fueling my fiber-fumed fantasies this week. We need a blizzard in Nashville, just saying. I’ve got a bale of Brunswick and the handknits lined up for one.