Instant Cowl

DSC_0258Wish you could finish projects faster? Stash getting out of control? Solve your problems with the Instant Cowl.

Highly versatile, the Instant Cowl can be made in any weight of yarn you like – from summer cotton to winter wool. Wear it draped singly, or doubled up around your neck to keep chills at bay.

Suitable for any ability, knitters from beginners to advanced will enjoy making this pattern. Although this is a technically a knitting pattern, you will find that it is easily adapted for crochet. In fact, I’m so sure that you could make one in a day that I’m offering the chance to win prizes!

Sizes: approximately 120-150cm/47”-60” around.

Materials: Plain: 1 skein. Striped: minimum 2 skeins.

While every effort is made to be accurate, allow extra yarn if it will be difficult to obtain more yarn later. Remember to allow extra yarn if you wish to make specific stripe layouts.

This is a very flexible pattern. Use your favourite, gorgeous yarn. Choose yarn that has been waiting for the right pattern to come along; this is it.

DSC_0218Tension: Making one of these should reduce any tension you may feel right now.

To make:

Unhook skein(s).

Being careful not to twist work, place over head.

Cowl may be looped up double for warmth.

Wear with pride.


How to store:

To store your finished cowl, simply twist it up again. The photo below shows gorgeous cowl samples that I made using a selection of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace & Vivacious DK yarn – now they are ready to put away. I confess, making these cowls was rather addictive!

Now you can store the finished projects in your wardrobe. Ignore all protests from other household members that you are simply finding other places to store your stash; these are now cowls.


Tips: Treat your finished cowl with care. Avoid wearing cowl near pets or small children. The designer cannot be held responsible for any irreparable skein-tangling that may result from casual handling of your cowl.

Do not feel that it is necessary to remove the label from the skein; yarn-snobs may wish to show it off.

It is a well known fact that regardless of how much yarn you own, you may not have the perfect already yarn in your stash. I indulged in Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca Silk for the luxurious striped cowl, below.


Now, over to you….go on, bust that stash, fool your friends and show off your Instant Cowl projects! 

Ravelry: join the KAL on Inspiration Knits or Cowls group. Ravelry asked that I don’t publish this on their pattern database. You can still put up your own personal project – please tag it instantcowl so we can all enjoy your creativity!

Facebook: Post on Inspiration Knits

Twitter: @inspirationknit #instantcowl #aprilfools

To celebrate the fun, enjoy 20% off all my cowl patterns until midnight end 2nd April 2013 BST – use code FOOLING at the checkout.

Offer includes new FOOLPROOF MYSTERY KNITALONGsign-up opens 1st April on Ravelry.

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Last year’s Emperor’s New Mitts projects were so fantastic I wish I had awarded prizes. So this year, 3 Instant cowl projects will be picked at random from Ravelry projects, the two KAL threads, photos on our Facebook page and Twitter – yes, that’s 15 chances to win! Photos must be posted by midnight end 2nd April 2013 BST. Tweeted photos must be tagged #instantcowl, Ravelry projects must be  tagged instant cowl…so I can see them! The winners will get to choose any single pattern or ebook they like from my collection. So, the more cowls you make and the more showing them off you do, the more chances you have to win those Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!


How fast can you make yours? This superbulky cowl took just moments to make – shown here in Spud & Chloe Outer, using 3 skeins for a fabulously sculptural effect.

Happy April Fools 2013 from

Louise Zass-Bangham at Inspiration Knits. X

2 thoughts on “Instant Cowl

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