I am really taken with this pattern, called the Bandana Cowl by Erin at Purl Soho. If you’re not on Ravelry (you should be!), here’s a link directly to the post in Purl Bee, Purl Soho’s craft blog. A bandana scarf, or in this case a cowl that looks like a bandana scarf, looks so good on a guy. But what is great about this accessory is that it looks great on both guys and gals, so anybody can make it to his/her own taste. As Erin says, “Jauntily tied around the neck, it tops off everything from Sunday’s T-shirt and jeans to Friday’s night-on-the-town dress! The bandana is a sassy, casual touch that suggests that the wearer possesses an innate stylishness. It’s the perfect accessory for those cool mornings when you’ve hit snooze a few too many times and need to turn ‘thrown-together-in-a-rush’ into ‘casually glamourous’ !”. Or as a guy, you could add ” …into casually rugged” since the bandana pulls one directly into the look of ”the cowboy”, or “casually cool” if combined with a raglan, or t-shirt, jeans and sandals. Now that we’re moving into summer, I’ll be making some of these bandanas with cotton or cotton blends. And since our shop, the Northcoast Knittery, has an incredible knitting retreat at Imperial Stock Ranch coming up in August, I’ve got to make several of these to look the part!
Here are images of three of the bandana cowls, all of which took around 50-70 grams of yarn.
I have found that the cowl works better on worsted to aran weight yarns rather than light worsted or dk. The latter yarn weights make stitches that are too airy in the body of the cowl, so that the garter stitch edge curls upward. As you can see, the edge of the black cowl…done in a light worsted…curls sometimes on the side.
When I knitted a second one with a smaller needle (size 7) with the same yarn, to see if that would fix the problem, it was worse! The front tip of the cowl curled up like a pixie toe and the cowl was too small. I should have taken a photo to use here to show you…but I ripped it out immediately before remembering that it would be beneficial for the blog! Sometimes you just have to get the offending knitted item out of existence as fast as possible! But the curl is not that bad on the sides of the light worsted cowl knit with size nine needles…the curl can be just part of the “wrinkled” look. You can also add embellishment along the edges or the tip. Here you see some Thai silver …a frog diving for a silver bead and four beads…along the tip of the black/gray cowl.