Thursday, November 20, 2008

DIY: Oversize Cowls

I posted yesterday about my favorite new fashion trend--oversize, chunky knit cowls.  If you look to the left, you'll notice an Etsy "mall" of sellers making these wonderful holiday (or any day) gifts.  Visit their shops to place an order for your friend, mom, or stylish sister.  They are sure to love the cowl, and will appreciate that it is a unique, handmade gift!

But, if you are a do-it-yourself type, here are a few ways that you can make your own cowl to give (or keep, if you prefer).  note: one of them doesn't even involve knitting!

Option #1:  if you knit, and are a member of (or want to be), check out this link for a FREE chunky knit cowl pattern by Sophia Sallas-Brookwell (note: membership is required to view the pattern).

Option #2:  if you knit, but do not belong to Ravelry, then visit Erica Knits, a blog chock full of design talk and knitting patterns.  This link will take you directly to a cowl pattern.  

Option #3:  don't knit?  Don't worry!  I have an option for you too!  I accidentally stumbled upon this clever way to craft your own cowl from an old sweater or Goodwill find.  For mine (right), I took apart a sweater that happened to have a cowl neck, but was too small for me.  I simply removed the neck with a seam ripper, and Voila!  Cowl created! 
Another option for doing this "no-knitting" project would be to find an old or used turtleneck sweater and simply cut off the top.  Using your sewing machine or fusible stitch witch & iron, apply some bias tape or your favorite funky ribbon to the raw edge to keep it from fraying.  Presto!  The neck of the sweater becomes your new cowl.  You can experiment with the size depending on which sweater you select and how short you cut it.  Pick a chunky, ribbed sweater or a floppy cowl neck, add some large, rustic buttons, wrap it up pretty, and give away!

Tell me about your handmade holiday plans!  What are you crafting, or buying, handmade this year?  Email Me!
Coming tomorrow: the latest at Hillberry Home and more thoughts on buying handmade

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