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Gap-tastic Cowl

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Gap-tastic Cowl

Get the look of the stylish long, bulky cowls at the Gap without the huge price tag. The Gap-tastic Cowl designed by Jen Geigley was created to mimic this hot look. Featuring only two skeins of yarn and the gorgeous seed stitch, this chic cowl knits up quickly, making it a great gift for the holidays (or for yourself). The simple stitch makes this a great knit cowl pattern for beginner knitters and because it's knit in the round, you also won't have to worry about any seams! Work one up today and you will soon be the envy of all your friends and family members once you sport this crazy cute knit cowl.


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

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I need to make another one. I wore my old one out.

I love the look of the stylish long, bulky cowls! It knits up very quickly, and made a great gift for the holidays! And I love that the finished product doesnt have any seams, so you dont have to fuss with it if its on backwards! I was so busy making them as gifts, I forgot to make one for myself though!!

I saw this pattern on ravelry recently and decided to give the pattern a try. It is definiely an easy pattern to follow and knit. I will definitely use this pattern again. I am going to make more of these as gifts for friends and family. Thank you.

I have made this scarf, and I love it. I sometimes like to pretend it wasn't so easy to make but we all know the truth.

This is another pattern in the easy category that a beginner can accomplish and be really proud of because the finished product looks so complicated that people seeing it will think it was ever so difficult . Knitters with more experience can enjoy it too - great pattern indeed.

could anyone tell me what the "long tail" method is please? This is stipulated in the instructions for the knitted cowl. Many thanks Pam-)

Hi Pam, The "long tail" method is a certain way of casting on. It creates an even, stretchy edge that works well for stockinette stitch or for ribbing. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

It's a casting on method that's supposed to leave the cast on edge a lot stretchier than the conventional cast on method. Here's a link to a video that demonstrates the method https// I've found it a really useful method for cowls like this so that you don't end up with one edge of the cowl being much tighter than the other edge.

How would you make this on Straight needles? Anyone? Thanks! Just unsure of how many stitches I'd cast on ... the 131 would be the length on the straight needle, but what for the width? Thanks

The only thing that would change using straight needles is that to make it a cowl, you are going to have to sew the two ends together. You will still cast on 131 stitches and you will still seed dtitch for 15"-the only thing circulars eliminate is the seem. Hope this helps.

The circular needles allow you to knit the scarf from the bottom up in one big circle, in other words, from length making the width. If you don't have a circular needle you could do the pattern on double pointed needles. If you only have straight needles you will be making the scarf the other way, meaning from the width making the length. So you would cast on enough stitches to measure 15", then knit 131 rows or until you get the correct length, then seam the ends together.

Love this pattern - found the perfect wool to use - successful item - thanks!!


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