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04 November 2015 @ 07:11 pm
A cowl appears to be scarf with its ends stitched together. I'm not sure a cowl is as useful as a scarf, but I liked the look of the pattern so I made it anyway.

I have a horrible feeling that crochet leads inevitably to a large collection of shawls and scarfs of various descriptions.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/176758.html.
fredbassettfredbassett on November 4th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
That's lovely!

I like cowls. And have an impossibly huge collection of scarves and shawls but keep buying more. Funnily enough, when I knitted, I never made any, but am now getting the urge to try. And I have bought a couple of crochet hooks....
louisedennislouisedennis on November 5th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
I think my issue is that I really use scarves to protect my throat and upper chest. Cowls aren't so good for that. Ravelry is heaving with patterns for scarves, cowls and shawls. I've got more bookmarked than I'll ever do anything sensible with.
wellinghallwellinghall on November 4th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
That is very you.
louisedennislouisedennis on November 5th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! I like it, but I'm not sure when I'd wear it.
bunnbunn on November 4th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
That's lovely!

I used to have a cowl I wore a lot. It was excellent because you could wear it as either a hood or a scarf, and also it never fell off and got lost like a scarf. Or maybe that's just me.
louisedennislouisedennis on November 5th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
I think my issue is that I use scarves heavily to protect my throat and chest - which the cowl doesn't really do.
inamac: Needlecraftinamac on November 5th, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
Cowls have a big advantage over scarves that they never fall off or trail in the mud. On the other hand they leave a chilly hole right in the middle of your throat. I am currently knitting a circular 'ruff' to solve this problem.
louisedennislouisedennis on November 5th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
Exactly, I think the chilly hole is my problem. Especially as my commute to work involves a cycle ride, so the hood aspects are useless (because of the cycle helmet), while the keeping my throat warm is very useful.
inamac: Needlecraftinamac on November 6th, 2015 09:16 am (UTC)
I bought the pattern for this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dragonscale-collar at a yarn event - looking forward to hooking it as it solves the chilly chest problem (and looks good. I already have the matching mittens. Happy to share!
louisedennislouisedennis on November 7th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind sharing, that would be great, it looks like a fun pattern. Do you want an email address?
inamacinamac on November 9th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
I have it as a pdf file so if you contact me on inamacallan at Ymail I'll pass it on.
fififolle: Christmas Dalekfififolle on November 5th, 2015 07:19 am (UTC)
I love the Dr Who colours of it! Not sure I would have a use for a cowl, though I wore a snood a lot when I was younger :)
louisedennislouisedennis on November 5th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
It's been interesting seeing everyone's replies. Because I cycle to work, I don't really have so much use for its hood aspects, and my main interest is in protecting my throat which it doesn't really do. It might be fun for leisurely walking at weekends or something though.