My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Cowl Girls

I recently received a review copy of Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron. Apart from a cute title, what does it have?

Well, plenty of cowls to knit! There are 40 patterns to knits things to wrap around your neck, and go over your head. Most of these designs can be called cowls, I think, but there are a few hats as well.

There is a wide range of techniques used in these knits and the patterns range from quick and easy (thick yarn on fat needles) to more complex, like this colorwork cowl:

A few more of my favorites. This:

And this:

And this:

The book is being published by Sixth&Spring Books and is due out October 5.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm eastern time this Thursday, September 23, 2010. Don’t know how to leave a comment? Check out my comment tutorial.

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments left and announced in Thursday’s blog post.

Back to my own knitting . . .

Great progress has been made. I finished the first sleeve of my cardi but since I neglected to photograph it, you’ll have to take my word for it.

Knitting on the second sleeve will commence tonight.

And here is Lucy, in a photo from this past weekend, happily ensconced on her Daddy.

Photo take with Lucy’s Daddy’s Droid Incredible — great pic, eh?

(The sock yarn used for the socks pictured? I believe it was Regia Stretch but as I knit them a million years ago, I’m not sure.)


  1. Great title! Would love a copy.

  2. This looks like a great book. Would love to win it!

  3. Sounds like a great book! I have never made a cowl but would like too – looks like this would give me lots of ideas.

  4. Me too, please. Thanks for offering it.

  5. The name of that book makes me giggle.
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..TheKnitGirllls Ep 26 – Where the Featherweight is Done! =-.

  6. Davida Graham says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the CowlGirls! I’d love to get a copy. Love your blog!

  7. I love cowls, I love the title. And therefore the book looks really interesting. Winner or not, it’s going on my wish list.

  8. Billi Cummings says:

    Would love to have this book. I just finished making a cowl of my own design for my daughter, it’s ok but I could use some inspiration. ~thanks~

  9. Just as I’m contemplating knitting a cowl!
    .-= twinsetjan´s last blog ..Hard to believe… =-.

  10. Cowls are cool! Would love to have it!

  11. Knitting cowls provides such a feeling of accomplishment! I’d love to have the review copy… 🙂

  12. Oh, what great cowls! I see several I’d like to knit. Fun!

  13. As a new knitter, I’m still enjoying the scarf, cowl collections. Thanks for the fun of this give-a-way.
    P.S. Lucy is beautiful – but perhaps she already knows this.

  14. I’d really love to win this book! Looking for good cowl patterns

  15. i would love to make great cowl girls, it has quite a bit of hype all ready!

  16. Lucy looks adorable! I hope I get this, I have just discovered cowls and love them a lot!

  17. Looks like a great book, and the socks are cute! Very nicely matched to the jeans and of course, set off the beautiful Lucy perfectly. 🙂

  18. I’ve been queuing up cowls to knit since they’re a great way to use up handspun. Er…not that I’ve done much knitting with my own handspun…yet…

  19. The Needle Beetle says:

    I would love to win this, as I have a passion for cowls. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Hannah (a.k.a. The Needle Beetle =)

  20. Thanks for another giveaway. Count me in please.

  21. Lauren Barrett says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  22. This book looks great – if I don’t get if here will have to go buy it….

  23. Oh- me please…. 🙂 I am such a cowl girl- and I’d love some fresh inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. oh please put me in the book drawing! thank you!

  25. I’d really use this book – but the best picture in the post is the one of your socks. Beautiful!

  26. Would love to take a peek at that book!

  27. I never win… .but I’d like to. And it’s nice to hope I could…

  28. Hello. Cowls. Sigh…. It looks like a book that would seriously turn my crank. Thanks for the generous offer to share this copy, with all of us.

  29. C’mon,, random number generator, pick me!!! (please?)

  30. looks like a good book!

  31. Well I don’t comment often, but I do love cowls!

  32. Oh, that fair isle cowl looks like a must knit to me. I’d love to be entered in the drawing.
    .-= Cath´s last blog ..Blue Funk =-.

  33. It looks a great book – I’d love to win it. Please pick me!!

  34. Yippee-ki-Yea! Nothing like knitting up a cowl or two in N.E. Minnesota. Got a pair of needles crossed for luck: pick me, pick me!

  35. Arlene Hoose says:

    Hi Wendy
    Would love to make some cowls as gifts this year. Pick me!!!

  36. I love the look of this book! Thanks for such a great review!
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..HEADBAND Crochet Pattern with Pretty Flower =-.

  37. looks like a good book for gift ideas!
    .-= StephCat´s last blog ..Interview- Sun Valley Fibers =-.

  38. I love cowls. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Cowl Girls–what a cute name! I’d love a copy!

  40. This book looks really interesting–if I don’t win, I may go ahead and buy it!

  41. I would love to have the review copy. I knit two cowls last summer/fall, one for me and one for a gift. I’m not always sure when to wear a cowl or what to wear to wear it with, as I’m in Houston and only wear a coat a few days a year. How would one wear a cowl at the office, for example?
    .-= LisaDP´s last blog ..Beautiful Not-Christmas Socks =-.

  42. I love that last cowl in the pictures you posted – very cute!

  43. The pictures look very appealing. Thanks for the review.

  44. Living in a cold winter climate and with the first day of fall I am already thinking about digging out one of my cowls…I love the snuggliness of them.

  45. Oh! Wouldn’t that be nice for winter? Love the socks on Daddy btw.

  46. Mmm…cowls. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Today’s my daughter’s birthday and I am also planning a cowl for my best friend from college who just moved from Texas to Idaho! Would love to win your review copy. : )

  48. This definitely has a great deal of Christmas project potential!

  49. Sarah Warburton says:

    Great looking book! I’m on a bit of a cowl kick (4 down, 2 more waiting in the wings) for my relatives who live in VA, RI, northern CA…basically anywhere except here in Houston. It’s too hot here for a cowl in January.

  50. that’s such a pretty book. I have made a few cowls but none for myself, so it looks like it would inspire me to do just that 🙂
    .-= Kristine´s last blog ..The New Crochet- 40 Wonderful Wearables =-.

  51. It would be so fun to have a copy of this book in the store “before” anyone else can get it!! Maybe you would just pop by and knit with us one Friday night – that’s our knitting social.

  52. That’s the day after my birthday!

  53. Lucy looks so happy up on her Daddy’s lap! Have you all seen the stencils for 16
    cat breeds at they are for pumpkin carving, and they have doggie ones as well. They had Ragdolls and Himmy’s amongst the stencils.

  54. I’d love to win this book – I love cowls!
    .-= Patti Chartrand´s last blog ..Knitting =-.

  55. bunny dimmel says:

    At this time in my life, I would have to say that “Twilight” is definitely my favorite vampire movie and book. I teach middle-school students, ELA, they are totally captivated by Twilight, the characters, and went so far to name all of our literature groups after something from the movie. My students would love to see this knitting book; and it may tempt some to learn to knit………….Bunny

  56. Can’t wait for the cardy pattern to be available. Also would love to win the Vampire book. It looks like it has some awesome patterns.

  57. Didn’t pay much attention to vampires stories until I read the Twilight series. Love that series. Movies are good too. Also love the Sookie Stackhouse book series that the HBO series True Blood is based off of. Books are just so much better.

  58. The Count from Sesame Street…he can stand the test of time. I think he would like knitting too…keeping track of rows.