On the bookshelf: CowlGirls, the neck’s big thing to knit

Photo courtesy of Sixth and Spring Books

Are you tired of knitting scarves and feel the need to broaden your horizons with something fun, funky, stylish and ever so hip?  Then look no further than CowlGirls, The  Neck’s Best Thing to Knit.

Following up to her hit book Hattitude, author and knitwear designer Cathy Carron is letting women know there’s more to life than scarves to keep them warm and that stylish cowls can truly make a fashion statement.

Cathy’s new book features more than 40 patterns, among which is a cozy neck wrap featuring a built-in iPod holder, a lacy drawstring hood,  a preppy polo-style collar cowl, a chic British inspired ponchette and a woven necklace sparkling with Swarovski crystals.

All patterns are well written with clear concise instructions, charts and large beautifully done photographs to show what the finished cowl will look like.  Also included is basic knitting instructions, techniques and tips.

Yarn choices include Berroco Sundae, Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Super Chunky and Alpaca Chunky, Cascade Magnum, Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed and Cashmerino Chunky, Lambspride Bulky, Classic Elite Sprout, Classic Elite Inca Alpaca and many more.  From extra fine to super bulky, you will find a cowl project to suite your needs.

About: Cathy Carron is a knitwear designer, whose designs have been published in many knitting magazines, including Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, Knit Simple, Interweave Knits and Knitscene.  She is the author of Hip Knit Hats, Knitting Sweaters From the Top Down and the hit title Hattitude.


I’m so excited to announce that, Tara, the publicist for Soho Publishing, has generously offered one  free copy of CowlGirls as giveaway to my blog readers.

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment and let me what you enjoy knitting more, scarves or cowls (this will help me for future design projects).     The  Deadline to enter is Thursday, September 30th at 5:00pm Arizona Time and winner will be selected by random number generator.  Please note that the winner will receive their book directly from Tara of Soho Publishing!

So who wouldn’t want to win a free copy of this wonderful new book!  Please be sure to leave a means of contact if your email does not automatically attach to your comment, for example your Ravelry ID or Twitter ID.

Thank you for entering – this giveaway is now closed!

About Tina

I admit that I am a yarnaholic, fiberholic kind of gal who loves knitting, spinning and crafting in general! When I’m not knitting, I’m enjoying my time with my wonderful husband and our spunky little dog Sparkles. I love learning new things, meeting people who share my joy and passion for the fiber arts, and sharing with others. For me, blogging has given me the opportunity to nit only share my adventures, but my ups and downs, my projects, my goals and so much more.
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202 Responses to On the bookshelf: CowlGirls, the neck’s big thing to knit

  1. Frauke says:

    Good morning Tina,
    I am already all over this book….it is on my wish list biiiig time.
    I love to knit cowls, just pull them over your head and you never have to worry about stepping on scarf ends or the scarf slipping off.
    Right now I am working on one, just finished two the last few days.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!! *smile*
    Have a great day!

    • Natalie says:

      This book looks so amazing and regardless of what happens with the giveaway I am getting this book.

      I work at an urban high school and I find knitting to a relaxing way to wind down after the day is done. I have knitting to have saved me from saying something “biting” to my loved ones when their words do not please me. Also, I believe that knitting has made a better listener because I am able to focus on what the talker is saying and not worrying about what I have to say.

      At this time, I am knitting a sweater for my husband and I am going to need to make something wonderful for myself. I believe your book is my cure!

      Thank you for being an inspiriation!

    • Amanda Stevens says:

      I’m 23 and started knitting a few years ago and fell in love. Now every Thursday night I go to a local knitting class to knit with my Mom. I’d love to have this great book to share with her! Plus, it’s her birthday today!

      Happy B-Day Mom!!!

    • Jan says:

      Have been experimenting with a few cowl ideas. Would love to own this handsome book! with warm winter thoughts, Jan

  2. Susan Sanders says:

    Love cowls! Easy to wear and fun to knit.

  3. Suzette says:

    Your review of the CowlGirl book is very helpful. I’ve seen it for sale and am excited at the prospect of winning a copy.
    Thanks for your contest!!!
    ~Best Regards~

  4. FlyKytten says:

    Hi! I love knitting both, actually. However, when I only have a little yarn or a little time, I tend to go for a cowl, as cowls seem to have more of an instant gratification for me.

    FlyKytten (Ravelry name)

  5. Erin L says:

    Oooh, I love, love cowls. I hate knitting scarves–it feels like an eternity to me. I don’t particularly like wearing them either–long dangly ends that get caught on things. Cowls are a quick knit that are easier to wear, too. Did I mention that I love cowls?

  6. Sara Beth says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!!

  7. adrienne says:

    Cowlgirls looks like such an awesome book! I have to admit that I enjoy knitting both scarves and cowls. But my cowls get much more use!

  8. Margay says:

    I’ve actually only tried knitting a cowl once before, so I’m really up for trying it again and again because I really enjoyed it.

  9. Knit Yeah! says:

    I really like the new “cowl” trend and have created many myself (I think) So, am very interest in perusing this new book! I really don’t like the monotony of scarves and the length of time it takes to make them….unless it’s an interesting application of a lace pattern or cables.

    Fav thing to knit right now is Floppy Hats and doing math to adapt stitches on them to make them interesting.

  10. A cowl would be perfect to keep my neck warm at work. I like both (short) scarves and cowls.

  11. Kisa says:

    Me me me!!! Well, I like to knit scarfs as I have never tried to knit a cowl, but that sure sounds like some nice projects!!!

  12. Jane George says:

    Love Cowls! They make the best gifts. The book is on my wish list. Will retweet your tweet.

  13. Lori says:

    I’m a cowl gal myself – last year was “year of the cowl” for my knitting, apparently! what a nice giveaway, thank you!

  14. katy says:

    Although you wouldn’t know it to look at my WIP basket (2 scarves on the needles now), I really prefer knitting and wearing cowls most of the time. Quick(er) to knit, no lumps under your jacket, no worries about them coming untied, and you can pull them right up over your nose when it’s bitter outside. This book sounds great!

  15. I just recently broke off from knitting scarves and shawls to trying my first cowl. It is so versetile! I can wear it around my neck, drape it on my head ‘a la 50s style, cover my face with it when I’m riding my motorcycle (and it stays in place), or wrap it twice for a toastier hug…and it can’t fly off or make you end up like Isidora Duncan! My New York daughter also loves hers!!! Best thing since sliced bread.

  16. Julie Silverman says:

    love the cowls – perfect for handspun or mixing 2 completely different yarns.

  17. Mandy says:

    This is such a neat looking book – thanks for reviewing it!

  18. Paige says:

    I’ve never knit a cowl but am seeing more and more patterns that I’d like to try. Maybe I need this book! ;)

  19. Connie says:

    Great opportunity for a neat book. Thanks!

  20. Nancy Fischer says:

    I love cowls and scarves equally but since I have so many scarves, cowls are what I have been knitting and I love them and I would love this book

  21. Terry says:

    I must confess I have never knit a cowl. I always opt for scarves and/or shawls.

    This intrigues me. The designs really are pretty. I will certainly check this book out.

  22. Zaneta says:

    Oh how cool! I’ve only knit scarves…. but I love cowls! I think they look elegant! :D

  23. kala says:

    I like cowls better, get sick of scarves well before they’re done :)

    -kala on ravelry

  24. Amy V says:

    I used to love scarves more, but in the last year have enjoyed knitting cowls more.

  25. sue booth says:

    i would love to get this book as cowls are going to be my next project!!

  26. Kathy W says:

    I have knit more scarves than cowls, but with one notable exception (Kieran Foley’s Fair Isle Rapids scarf) have liked knitting cowls better… Thank you for offering this book to one of your readers!

  27. Susan says:

    I haven’t knitted very many cowls, but am going to start because they can be pulled up over the nose and mouth for those really cold days!

  28. Maureen Meany says:

    I enjoy knitting cowls more… they’re faster and I get a sense of satisfaction more quickly.

  29. Jennifer S. says:

    I can’t say that I’ve every made a cowl before, but they look beautiful. So far I’ve stuck with the scarves because they work up quick and easy.

  30. pip says:

    ooh… cowls :) what a great giveaway :)

  31. Patricia Bishop says:

    I like scarves the best. Thank you for doing this wonderful give away

  32. I enjoy knitting both actually, although right now I get more use out of scarves. Perhaps if I actually kept a cowl I knit I’d be more inclined to wear them hehe

  33. deedlelu says:

    I love scarves, but I knit my first cowl last month and I really like it so I’m sure I will make more in the future. But my current neck-warming obsession are small shawlettes.

  34. Rachelle says:

    I like both, but I think cowls are more practical in winter as they tend to stay put better. Considering I’m normally running into school with my youngest, staying put is important!

  35. Just made my first cowl and loved the speed and the smaller yarn requirements. Great for gifts.

  36. Donna says:

    I just finished a cowl….makes a great gift! Such a variety in this book…thanks for the opportunity to take part in your giveaway!

  37. Martha says:

    I love to knit scarves and am just beginning to knit cowls. The new book review is helpful. It’s difficult to know if a book is worth the price without seeing it in person and we live in a rural area, several hours one way from either a yarn shop or a book store.
    Your give away is so generous!

  38. Paula Eeds says:

    I would love to win this book! I love cowls and look forward to seeing the many cowls in this book! I have a Cathy Carron hat book that I just adore!

    Ravelry ID: GrammaHoney

  39. Crystal says:

    I totally like knitting cowls more than scarves — for one thing, I already have way too many scarves for a Florida girl, and cowls take waaaaaay less time and yarn, too. ;) Thanks for having such a cool giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

    (BTW, my Ravelry ID is Silver and my Twitter ID is starncrossbones. Just in case. ;))

  40. Angeliner Mediner says:

    I prefer scarves but I’ve seen some beautiful cowls!

  41. TS says:

    Ooo, this book looks like so much fun! I’d be delighted to win! I love scarves, but last year started with cowls as well, and found them to be fun to knit, too.

    Ravelry ID: terisueh27

  42. thefledglingknitter says:

    I love knitting scarves. But I love knitting cowls even more because when worn, you don’t have to worry about those persnickety ends.

  43. Karen Fiorenza says:

    Great looking book! I’ve never knitted or worn a cowl but would love to try ;-) Was that subtle?? hehehe

  44. Maria says:

    I love cowls and this book will be a great companion to my charity knitting as well as gifts for friends! Pick me…

  45. Love cowls!! Scarves are fun, but a cowl has a bit of mystery to it.

  46. Melissa says:

    I used to love knitting scarves – but then I got better at knitting in the round so now I’m a cowl girl – though I’ve yet to find a man that’s willing to wear a cowl – so I still knit scarves for the dudes in my life…

  47. Mary says:

    I can’t believe I’m actually typing this, but I have never made a cowl. Take pity on my cowl virginity!

  48. I have knit my fair share of scarves and have just finished my first cowl. It’s a holiday gift for a dear friend. I loved creating this and am making one for myself, as a treat!

  49. Lisa says:

    I love cowls. 20 or so..years ago I wore them all the time…I am happy they are back in style!

  50. I live knitting cowls! I would love to have a copy of this book! It looks amazing. Thanks for offering this book!!!!

  51. paulalynn says:

    Cowls and scarflets are perfect projects to try out different stitch patterens, different yarns and so on. Thank you for providing well written reviews, and the oppertunity to win some of the books in giveaways,

  52. Auntimem says:

    I’ve been learning to knit for so long after many strokes that all the lads in the family have scarve’s I’d so love to get onto knitting cowl’s for the lass’s. I’ve 5 nephews & 6 neices I’ve run out of nephews for scarves now so it’s about time I learned to knit something else don’t you think…lol

  53. I prefer to knit cowls only because they don’t take as long. But scarves are fun too! Great giveaway – thanks!

  54. Deanna says:

    I have been knitting for years and crocheting, but have gone back to the smaller projects like socks, scarves, hats etc. as of late, with all the cowl patterns out this year, I think I will switch over from scarves, I especially love the ones that can double as hats!:0) I would love to be chosen for the new book, but will probably purchase it regardless :0) love my copy of Hattitude and made myself 5 different hats for last winter LOL!!

    The cowl is next, Batman!!


  55. Eileen Bleidorn says:

    Cowls are my next project to learn and what better to have an awesome book like this to learn from! So pick me pick me, jumping up and down waving my hand…LOL

    Good luck to all who enter!

    Ravelry ID: Leency

  56. Michele Berg says:

    I have been looking everywhere for a book like this! Frankly, I’m a little tired of scarves for now, and my daughter has been wanting me to make her a cowl.

  57. Tina Christmann says:

    I have never tried cowls, I would love to!

  58. Kelli says:

    I would sincerely appreciate a copy!! Wow, I’m ready to get started now!

  59. Beverly says:

    Would love to knit a cowl for myself this fall. I have knit many, many scarves, but it would be great to have a cowl tucked inside my winter coat to fend off the wind. A cowl is very versatile too–it can be fashionable or functional–or both! The book would be a sweet surprise to win!

  60. Emily says:

    I usually knit lace scarves. But then I’ve never knit a cowl…maybe it would turn out to be something I could actually wear.

  61. Ana paula pereira says:

    This is awesome! I like to win this book!!!
    Thank you for the fun
    Ana paula pereira
    Ninapaula at Ravelry

  62. Kate Steward says:

    I’ve knitted both, and although I love scarves..right now I’m all about cowls! They’re such a fun way to dress up a plain shirt.

    Ravelry ID: KateSteward

  63. Ruth says:

    I love knitting cowls that double as hoods. You can start out with them just around your neck and pull them up if it gets windy or your ears get cold.

    I would love to win this book. It’s on my wishlist. :D

  64. Living in Chicago, I could sure use a copy of this book. I could make some cowls to keep us warm in that cold weather!

    Rav ID: MSantiago

  65. Jenn Hansen says:

    I love them all and I would love to win this book. I like the versatility of the scarf, but the style of the cowl.

  66. Hi,

    This new book Cowlgirls looks fantastic! I like to knit cowls over scarves. They are quicker (most of the time) and very vogue!


  67. Heather Harrison says:

    How wonderful!! I am still what I would consider a beginning knitter….so it seems that all I do is knit scarves….working on one now. :) What an awesome book. I have to put it on my wish list!! It would be a great way for me to broaden my horizons. :)

  68. HSailorMoon says:

    I love knitting scarves, because you just knit till you run out of yarn.

    However, I do have one cowl that I am loving and want to make more.

    I like more light weight cowls, since I live in Southern California.

  69. I love to knit long, thin scarves. I tend to get hot easily and they are easier to make looser or tighter depending on my body’s ability to regulate temperature. :)

    On Ravelry, I am: My Silly World

  70. Tracey says:

    I have only knitted one cowl. I love them but I haven’t mastered the circular needs. If someone made extra long double pointed needles, I would “cowl” all day!!!

  71. Dori says:

    I am a new knitter and I have not tried a cowl yet. I had not even heard of them until last spring! A friend came in wearing one. I would love to try it out! Thank You!

  72. Stefanie says:

    I like knitting cowls more because they’re faster and stay on better. This looks like such a neat book!

  73. Martina says:

    Definitely prefer knitting cowls. Don’t need any more scarves! Hattitude is a fabulous book, so I’d love to add Cowlgirls to my library of patterns.

  74. Luvmykid28 says:

    I love cowls. I have plans to make up several this fall/winter.

    Luvmykid28(Rav name)

  75. Michelle says:

    I love scarves although recently I have been coveting cowls.

  76. Theresa says:

    Love them both, but have to admit cowls are the favorite! Thanks!

  77. Jenni Reiz says:

    Oh, this would be so nice! Thanks for putting on the contest!

  78. mandy says:

    I could see myself trying the cowls as my children live in VT and WY but I also love scarves. This book looked like a real treasure.

  79. Anna says:

    Well…I’ve never made a cowl before…My expierence with scarves has been pretty good. I’ve once knitted a simple stockinette stitch scarf for a friend’s kid in under 8 hours ( he had a play the following morning and the scarf would complete the costume). I have been eyeing the cowl patterns for some time… now, if only I could let go of my sock knitting obsession =)
    ravelry ID: Volchitza
    Happy knitting (and crocheting if you do)!

  80. Cheryl says:

    I like to knit cowls, they’re quicker, which I like more=)

    My twitter name is SDBrnCACherry.

  81. Shelly D. says:

    Made many scarves so am more excited about cowls. Your book looks wonderful! How talented!

  82. Diana says:

    Oh, I definitely like cowls better. Scarves seem to take forever! Plus, I find cowls more versatile as a wearable item.

  83. I cannot decide WHAT I like knitting the best… I JUST LOVE KNITTING!!! There isn’t a project I haven’t completely loved!
    How is THAT for an answer??
    http://www.gracefulagony.wordpress.com (gracefulagony@gmail.com)

  84. Laura Klausner says:

    I have been knitting for a few years now and completely love it! For last Christmas i knitted quite a few scarves and i would love to knit cowls for this Christmas!!
    so i guess since i have only knitted scarves, so far, i would have to say i prefer scarves.

    I would love to win this book!!!


  85. girl in sheep's clothing says:

    Hi! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :) I love to knit and wear cowls!


  86. KaRi says:

    I prefer scarves for myself but some family members love cowls.

  87. melissa says:

    Me, me! I love knitting cowls with CABLES!

  88. Virpi says:

    Cowls are new for me. I have knitted my very first cowl in this fall, but I like it very much. In the future I will knit more cowls than scarfs.

  89. Pamm Reed says:

    Hi, I would love to win this book. I have a ton of yarn but no cowl patterns and I love them.
    Thanks so much

  90. Lakaya says:

    I like cowls. I’m a cowgirl…with every pair of cowgirl boot imaginable. I would to spend more time as a cowlgirl! When it comes to scarves 2 words come to mind…boring and unfulling. When the need arises…I knit them by machine now. Cowls…by hand.

    The thing I love most about them is there’s a start, an enjoyment of the work, and a definitive end. Knitting scarves…endlessly dull…don’t know why anyone does it. Just my meager opinion.

  91. Stellaria says:

    I love cowls (they are handy) but I think it has been easier to find nice triangle shawl patterns than beatiful patterns for cowls that`s why I would love to see your book!

    Stellaria (ravelry id)

  92. Kathy says:

    I, too, love knitting both cowls and scarves. But I must admit most of my gift-giving projects were cowls. This looks like a most delicious book!

    Kathy V in NM

  93. Angela says:

    I like to knit cowls more since they tend to be faster and more fun. I also don’t have to worry about it coming unwrapped or the ends going everywhere.

  94. Linda says:

    Cowls are fun to knit and wear! Best of all, I can leave it on all day when it’s cilly inside and not have it get in my way as I work..or knit!

  95. Julie says:

    I love knitting cowls ;0)

  96. Rebecca says:

    I like cowls better. I find I wear them more than scarves.

  97. lesley says:

    Absolutely love scarves. Cowls are not so much in fashion around here but it would be great if it was. The book looks fantastic.

  98. blizzardchick says:

    I like making cowls more, I get too bored with scarves! :)

  99. Nettie says:

    The best

  100. Jackie Bourassa says:

    I would prefer to knit the cowls. I am short and I think the cowl looks better on me than all that scarf draping everywhere. Your book is quite appealing. I have seen it on several web sites for sale. Thanks.

  101. Lori Wallin says:

    I’ve never made or worn a cowl! But they’re on my list for winter projects this year; I love knitting in the round, and it seems many cowl patterns are. Also, I really like the embelishments I’ve seen on many cowls — big buttons, shawl pins, etc. I think that as far as patterns go, cowl patterns would interest me more because I can find so many scarf patterns as well as designing my own.

  102. Ulrika Reinholdsson says:

    Cowls are just perfect to knit, even just a small amount of yarn go a long way!

  103. carpoolknitter says:

    I like knitting cowls, and scarves, hats, mitts, wraps, bags, pretty much any kind of small project. They make great canvases for learning a new technique, or trying new stitches, color combinations, and shapes, so surprise me! It’s a lovely new adventure every time.

  104. Faragon says:

    I would have to go for cowls, scarves have comparatively short rows, and turning breaks concentration.
    I love how cowls can be knit in the round, you can just keep going! Also when you knit a cowl you’re not knitting a yard or more that doesn’t actually serve much purpose other than preventing a scarf from blowing away…

    Ravelry ID: Faragon
    Twitter ID: Moi_Faragon

  105. Julie says:

    Awesome giveaway! I prefer to knit cowls.

  106. I love scarves but I’m starting to get into cowls. They are perfect for pricey but nice yarn — you don’t need as much!

  107. Kelly P. says:

    Hi! I love to knit scarves, but have never knitted a cowl. The book looks great, though, and I would love to give it a try. Thanks for the give-away. Hope I win! :)

    email: kiwibirder@verizon.net
    Ravelry ID: kiwibirder

  108. Allison says:

    I’d love to win!

  109. Evelyn Ryan says:

    I would love a copy of CowlGirls for my own. I mostly knit scarves and hats, booties and blankets. I think the cowl will be very big this winter.

    PS: Love your blog. Thanks. Evelyn

  110. Jeanette says:

    As a woman living i Norway, where the polarbears nearly vander in the streets, scarf or cowls are a must! I am a mother of three and prefere cowls big time! They are quick to make and no ends that small boys can strangle me with :)
    The book looks fantastic both for myself and for christmas gifts.

    Ravelry ID: Ull

  111. Christine says:

    I’ve never made a cowl but would sure like to give it a go. And with Christmas coming soon, I think that a cowl would make a perfect gift.
    Have a super weekend.

    my email is christinedevolder@msn.com

  112. Nicola says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Have never knitted a cowl before, but they look fun. Scarves tend to take an eternity so I usually only knit children’s ones!
    Please ….. I hope I’m the lucky one !!!
    Thanks for offering up such a great prize.

  113. Sonya says:

    Wow, of course I prefer knitting cowls! We’ve been in love ever since we got acquainted :)

  114. Kelly C says:

    I would love to add this to my library. I was looking for something to knit on an upcoming trip and this has inspired me to knit a cowl. The perfect traveling project!

    landkinsa (Ravelry ID)

  115. Manu says:

    Oh, can I win it in Germany as well? I love knitting cowls!!!

  116. Johann says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win Cowl Girls. It looks like a really fun knitting book!

  117. I’ve only ever knitted scarves, mainly for children. I am looking to knit myself a cowl tho atm. I do find I feel like it’s never ending with a scarf tho, but it’s not too in kid sizes. I’d like to see more contemporary designs and forward thinking accessories. Even knitted belts would be something I’d like to try. The book looks great, and I’d love to receive it! xx

  118. I have not knit any cowls before but they sound fun. I always have 1 scarf going for charity projects.

  119. Rossella says:

    I definetely prefer to knit cowls because scarves are boring to knit ^___^
    And I usually knit them also as Christmas gift for friends and relatives ;-)

    p.s. Rossellastra on Rav

  120. Rachel A says:

    Hi Tina
    Thanks so mcuh for reviewing the CowlGirl book. We have to wait until December in the UK for it to be published, so I am waiting patiently like good girl!
    Best Wishes

  121. Pat says:

    Made my first one cowl last year with a pattern from Raverly and my friend took it! Love them! Can’t wait for the book to come out!!!!!!!! Yeah!

  122. Lee says:

    What a wonderful book. I love to knit scarfs and cowls equally because they are a great fashion accessory to wear.

  123. Tricia says:

    I love cowls, both knit and crochet. I just finished a soft knit cowl in Berroco’s Inca Gold merino/silk. So luxurious! I’m LazyTcrochet and I love to knit too : )

  124. Robin says:

    Cowls! I’ve been knitting them for years. So much quicker than scarves and so much easier to wear.

  125. Angela Boots says:

    I would love to win this book!

  126. Teri Nelson says:

    I love knitting both scarves and cowls for friends!

  127. Sara Denbo says:

    Thanks for offering the give-away! Scarves are my favorite, each one is so different. Would love to work on some cowls from this book, though. Sara in AL (ravelry=smdenbo)

  128. Kelly G. says:

    I want….NEED this book! I haven’t made a cowl yet but see myself making some for this Fall and Winter.

  129. Talie says:

    Cowls are my absolute favorite!!! Love scarves too–but I tend to gift cowls more :)

  130. Robin Diebold says:

    I would much rather knit a cowl I get bored with the same ole thing and cowls are much faster.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  131. Jennfer King says:

    I’ve never knit a cowl before but I sure am sick of knitting scarves. This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  132. Suzanne says:

    I made one cowl many years ago and have been making scarves for more years than I can remember….would love to start making cowls again…..this is an inspiration.

  133. Amy Steiner says:

    This book looks great, as I have never knitted a cowlneck!! :) Would love to get my hands on this book to start!
    Great giveaway! Thanks!


  134. melodie says:

    Hi I am sheepish1 on Ravelry and love to knit cowls. I just made one during the summer, yes anytime is fine to knit cowls out of mini mochi. I haven’t seen this book in my local bookstore yet. It looks really good, some definite must knits.

  135. Karen Balcerski says:

    I love the idea of practicing/learning some new stitches while making cowls, Cowlgirls sounds fantastic and I love the name.

  136. Docrock says:

    Currently like knitting cowls. Looks like a fun book

  137. sokkgirl says:

    Love knitting in the round, and have not yet tried a cowl! Would love to!

  138. Rebecca Wall says:

    I love knitting scarves, but then I’ve never tried a cowl. So who knows, I might love knitting cowls, too. I can say that the photos on the cover of the book are beautiful and make me want to try one.

  139. lisa Schappell says:

    I have only ever made one cowl. It was a moebius and I really enjoyed making it, but it was too small when I was done and I gave it to my friend’s daughter.

    I would love to have this book to expand my knowledge and techniques of making unique cowls that are beautiful and functional.

    Thanks for a great blog!

  140. Marina Laura says:

    I never made a cowl, just scarves. But this cowls looks fantastic, I want to make one.

  141. kelly h. says:

    i like wearing scarves and cowls equally, but i enjoy the knitting of cowls much more! gratification comes much more quickly!

  142. Debbie Schrank says:

    I would love to try some of the patterns in this book! Love you blog, too, btw.

  143. Lindsay Blackstone says:

    I have yet to knit a cowl, but I did make one cowl neck sweater. It came out beautiful and I would love to move from simple scarves to awesome cowls!

  144. Hege Hopen says:

    For some strange reason (or perhaps because of numerous other projects involving knitting needles and yarn) I have never gotten around to knitting a cowl. However, I have always wanted to have a go as they are both stylish and practical. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I will be the lucky winner of this amazing book;-))

  145. Somer says:

    I enjoy knitting cowls more. Especially the ones knit in the round. Personally, the less finishing work, the better.

  146. Marianne says:

    I knit more scarfs but I would love to try cowls, especially loose ones that don’t muss up your hair!

  147. Sharon says:

    I’m a knitting cowgirl and would love a copy of the book! A girl can only knit so many scarves, and a cowl wouldn’t be flapping in the wind and frightening my horse! (I hope! She’s afraid of everything…)

  148. Roxanne Weaver says:

    Cowls or scarves. Hummm both allow me to try new and wonderful yarns on a smaller scale before deciding to knit a garment from them. I love scarves for charities because they work up so fast. I just love the zen of knitting.

  149. katie says:

    I have been watching this book since it came out…trying to hold off on buying it.
    To answer your question, I would much rather knit cowls rather than scarves. Scarves just drag out FOREVER, where a cowl (depending on difficulty) can be done relatively quickly. Plus I think they just look more beautiful and luxurious on.

  150. First of all..props to the author for such a creative title! This book is the perfect antidote for my problem. I always make scarves, and as utilitarian as they are, they do get a bit boring. Cowls are an entirely different story. I have never made one, but what a great way to make use of the bulkier yarns in my stash! I have looked for this book at my local library and bookstore. No one has it. I’d love to learn something new and different!

  151. Winnie says:

    I have done some cowls as well as scarves and I love to wear both! Not at the same time though. Looks like some beautiful patterns. So many talented people.

  152. Rusty M. says:

    Hi. I have been looking at this book (’cause we all know you just can’t have too many patterns!!) and I like to knit cowls more than scarves. Thanks.

  153. Deb says:

    This books makes me want to make a cowl. I inundated my family with scarves last year. The book also sounds like it might have a pattern or two for me, since I don’t have a need much for scarves or cowls in South Florida.

    P.S. I love the title too!!

  154. Peta says:

    I’m packing for Cowgirl Country, west Texas, as we speak. And 1/3 thru a cowl-type fast knit to go. Looking forward to seeing this book and the creations w/in!

  155. Mary Beth says:

    I have been knitting scarves for about 3 years now and just last year got on the cowl-kick! I love them!!! But I don’t think I could choose just one…..i would hate to insult the other :-). Love the look of this book and your patterns are fabulous!! Looking forward to more from you!
    Happy Knitting…

  156. Aimee says:

    Cowls seem so much more interesting to me–I’ve got the ADD and scarves are difficult for me to finish. Pick me!

  157. Marty says:

    I love cowls! I’ve only been knitting since April and have made 6 scarves, five of those for family and friends in their university colors. Have only knitted one cowl so far, but really want to concentrate on them since I feel they’re much more practical – no loose ends to fall down or get caught in car doors.

  158. Carin says:

    I definitely prefer cowls! Knits up much quicker. Scarfs always get boring for me and I am less likely to finish them. Cowls, for sure!

  159. Bhavana Stephen says:

    Being a mother of 3 kids under the age of 6, I definitely prefer cowls as they are much easier to keep on.

  160. francesca says:

    Cold will arrive soon, here in Bologna, Italy. I must knit myself at least one cowl to match with my winter jacket. Who said “Italia: sole, pizza, mandolino”??? Fool hime! We do have frost, and jazz, and rain, and kebab, and rock, and sausages, and fog…..
    PS: no scarves for me; scarves tend to slip, and I often step on my scarf end

  161. PamelaK says:

    I think I’m going to try a cowl. I have a lot of gifts to give and a cowl seems like a pretty, warm and quick project.

    I second: The title is cute!

    (Ravelry ID: HopeForHoneybees)

  162. Paula says:

    I’m loving the cowls on the cover of this book, so I can just imagine the wonderfulness inside of it! I actually have never knit a cowl, for no reason in particular, but need to start. I have family who lives in very cold parts of the country and I know they would all love to have a fabulous cowl. Please enter my name in the drawing!

  163. Donna Denver says:

    I love knitting scarves for Xmas presents for my friends…love seeing them wearing them too!

    The cowls look interesting. Would love to see this book so I can do something new and fresh.

    Ravelry ID: denvertomboy

  164. Sabrina says:

    I’ve never actually knit a cowl, but I’m sick of knitting scarves. Plus, I think cowls would be nice, since they wont fall off and get in the way. Hope I win!!

  165. RichelleCK says:

    Definitely cowls! Scarves just seem never-ending sometimes and just as I get into a good rhythm, it’s time to turn it around go back the other way. Cowls go round and round (usually) and really let you get into the groove! :)

  166. Nicole says:

    I’ve never made a cowl to be honest, but I think they seem more interesting than scarves!

  167. Sara Thompson says:

    Very fun give-away!! I have actually never knit a cowl before but have been leaning towards knitting one before the weather gets too cold. There are so many great patterns out available that I just haven’t chosen one to start yet.

  168. Ann Elick says:

    I want to be a ‘cowl girl’
    love cowls and need to make one for a contest.

    Ann aka anxiousknitter on ravelry

  169. Jelayne says:

    Lovely! Thanks!!

  170. Margaret Welch says:

    I have not made any cowls, yet, but will this winter, for sure! Living in New England, the house is chilly in the winter and last year I wrestled with scarves and shawls all winter long. A cowl or two (or three…) will make life much more comfortable.

  171. Lorena says:

    I would love to read this book…i like both scarves and cowls, it depends on the occasion !
    Thanks for this opportunity,

  172. Kathi Jobson says:

    I love Cowls but I have knit more scarves, this year I want to knit Cowls. Scarves are always flitting around coming undone, looking kittywampus but not cowls. I would love to win this book, thanks for the give-a-way.

  173. Helena Georgette says:

    I like both. They are projects I can finish in a reasonable amount of time!
    monachsmomma on Ravelry

  174. Jessica says:

    i like making scarves better i guess. i just haven’t found a good pattern for a cowl. but it like knitting in the round better. i am excited to see what this book has to offer, it looks so exciting.

  175. Linda says:

    This book looks like a fun book to add to a knitting library. Hope I win.
    I like knitting scarfs – they can be tied different ways
    Cowls are nice on windy days, but I hate putting them on and off over my head (seems silly, huh?)
    tezsocks on ravelry

  176. Maxi Winter says:

    Hi! This book looks promising and I’d like trying to knit a cowl because they popular right now. However, until now I’ve only knitted scarves because they’re easy to do. ;)

  177. jane braverman says:

    I love to knit cowls!!!!!!

  178. smsantiago says:

    I love scarves, matching 2 yarns together and seeing what I get. Looking forward to my first cowl. A great wear with just a turtleneck. Looks like great projects for a beginner spinner.

  179. Rachel C. says:

    Since I barely know how to knit I can only do scarves, but I am working on fixing it. I love to wear cowls though. Such an easy way to dress up a plain outfit with little chance of choking yourself (I tend to be clumsy).

  180. Susan Spiers says:

    I lUV scarves! Though lately I have seen some really cool cowls! spierssusan52@gmail.com

  181. Kristin says:

    I have actually never worn or knit a cowl though they have intrigued me for awhile. As much as I love scarves they definitely do get boring to knit unless you happen to have a particularly awesome pattern. And I love knitting hats so I figure cowls aren’t a very far cry from them :)

    Ravelry ID: littlegreen532

  182. Leanne Cowley says:

    I really love to knit cowls, I knit my sister a cowl for her 30th birthday. It was the most beautiful thing I had knit yet with a cream lace yarn with a leaf lace and vine pattern. Every knit stitch between yarn over a bead had to be put on with the tiniest crochet hook. I took over 24 hours to knit but it was worth it. She loved it.

  183. jmarie0315 says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I’m going through a cowl phase right now. They’re so much faster than scarves!

    Ravelry name: jmarie0315

  184. Elisabeth says:

    I’ve already knitted my fair share of scarves, so I vote: cowl! Love the versatility, and they still feel fresh and new style-wise.

  185. Lacey says:

    I enjoy knitting scarves but I love branching out my capabilities and want to knit cowls too!

    Rav ID: hiddenbehindahat

  186. Jan says:

    I love both. I’ve made more scarfs because I’ve just recently gotten into cowls…but now I’ve got the fever! (more cow bell please!).

    Great book title.

  187. Jan DeBellis says:

    Oh, PLEASE enter my name into the drawing for the wonderful book! I admit, my neck is short so I son’t wear cowls often, but I’ll give it a try! I do more scarves actually.


  188. Suzanne says:

    Definitely don’t like knitting scarves…would LOVE to win this amazing book!

  189. Gwen says:

    Yeee-haaaw! I’d love to be a CowlGirl!
    Actually I wear this kind of thing in the office year-round!

    Fingers crossed!!

    Rav ID:TallGrrl

  190. Lynn says:

    I would love to win this book. I knitted one plain cowl. Now I could try beautiful patterns. Thanks for the offer.

  191. SEWButterfly says:

    Lately, it’s been cowls and socks! I just recently learned how to knit socks, now I’m hooked (pun intended)!

  192. Saff says:

    I’ve never yet knitted a cowl but I suspect they might solve the age old problem of – this scarf is really pretty, it WAS really interesting to knit… for the first few repeats… now I’m bored :)

  193. latifa says:

    I just designed a cowl and it helped me ge over my negative image of them… I think the book can vanish that negativity forever! latifa

  194. Joyce says:

    I love knitting cowls — I only wish the guys would wear them instead of the scarves (and socks) I keep knitting for them!

  195. Noreen says:

    I suppose I still prefer knitting scarfs. I give stuff away and more people still seem to know what to do with scarfs, while cowls puzzle them.

  196. Charlene says:

    I’ve only knitted a few cowls but really enjoy them. I broke my foot this Spring was was laid up for months. I knitted dozens of shawls and scarves while recuperating!

  197. Judy says:

    Love cowls, the book looks like a winner to me!

  198. Linda says:

    I love knitting cowls because they go faster and you can embellish them with buttons and pins to make them so interesting—I have been wanting this book since I heard it was being published!

  199. Suzanne says:

    Too hard to choose between scarves and cowls, scarves have lots of choices of how to wear but cowls solve the problem of getting bored knitting a looooong scarf. Cowlgirls looks like a fun book, I’d love to try some of the patterns!

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