This cowl was completed during a "bombogenesis", which, here in Maine is known as a good old fashioned Nor'easter. It pains me that meteorologists now feel the need to name every single storm, big or small...it used to just be "winter". Well, in any case, I couldn't bring myself to give the cowl a name that reflected all the hype, no matter how brilliant the suggested names might have been.
This cowl is was created with the beginner in mind, but let's face it, a plain old scarf is a tad bit, um...boring. In collaboration with Taproot magazine, I taught a learn-to-knit class in February, and the idea of creating a pattern that taught more than just "knit" was very appealing. So, the pattern is a combination of easy 4x4 ribbing, simple gansey style repeats, and sweet eyelets, finished off with an optional picot bind-off that elevates the finished piece. The cowl is easily modified with more or fewer element repeats, or wider with additional cast on stitches.
The pattern can now be found on Ravelry for a modest fee! I'd love to see your finished pieces (or works in progress!), so don't forget to share, if you feel so inclined!