Winter weather has officially arrived. The temperatures have dropped around the freezing mark the past couple of days. It has snowed enough to stick and cover the ground, though nothing to get excited over. It’s finally time to dig out the scarves and mittens.
I’m prepared this winter with a new cowl/infinity scarf that I knit. After last winter, which was brutally cold, I had been wanting to knit a chunky cowl/infinity scarf for myself. They look so warm and comfy. After searching for tutorials online, I settled on Purl Soho’s Soft Merino Fluted Cowl. I chose this tutorial because of the beautiful fluted fabric stitch that is used to make this cowl.
The tutorial is simple and the sizing can be easily adjusted to fit your needs. Here are the details of what I ended up using to knit my project:
- 4 skeins of Quince & Co.’s Puffin, 100% American Wool. The color is called Heathers.
- U.S. #13, 32-inch circular needle
- 13 inches high 54 inches round
This was my first time knitting in round. It took me several tries before I got it right, because knitting the fluted fabric stitch ‘flat’ versus ‘in the round’ are entirely different. However, if you don’t deviate from the instructions as stated in the tutorial, you will be just fine. You do have to knit several rows before you can see the pattern. Also, using stitch markers is a must! I casted on 180 stitches to make my scarf. That’s a lot of stitches to keep track of, especially where the row starts/ends. I knitted this scarf in the evenings while watching football with the hubby. In less than a week, I was done!
The scarf is long enough to wrap around twice. The stitching on both sides of the scarf look nice. It is also wide enough to double as a hood/shawl. My stitches turned out to be fairly tight, making the scarf stiffer than I was hoping for. Next time I’ll remember to use a larger size needle. However, it makes the scarf pretty cozy and wind-proof. I finally got to test this scarf in the last two weeks now that the temperatures have dropped. It’s definitely kept me pretty warm. Also, as with anything apparel item, the scarf has stretched out a little now that it’s been worn in, so now it fits just right.
Knitting this scarf was a fun project for me and now I want to make more! If you’ve found other tutorials that have worked for you, feel free to share! The more the merrier. 🙂