Knit a cowl for a winter accessory that will keep you stylish and warm. Cowls are neck warmers that look like a tube and can be made to include a hood. Use any type of yarn you'd like for a cowl, but keep in mind the yarn's warmth, weight and care instructions before beginning your project. Once you learn how to knit a basic cowl, you can get creative with the pattern, adding colours or stitch patterns to personalise the look and texture of your cowl.
Cast on 78 stitches with the circular needle. Join the stitches in the round.
To cast on, place a slip knot on the left side needle of the circular needle, inserting the tip of the right needle through the slip knot from the front to the back. The right needle should be behind the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle from the back to the front, drawing the right needle through the slip knot and forming a new loop on the right needle. Place this new loop on the left needle. Repeat this process, working in the new loop, until you have the designated number of cast on stitches, counting the slip knot as one.
Join the stitches in the round. To join in the round, hold the needles with the yarn coming from the right side. Check that all cast-on stitches are facing the same way. It is important not to twist the stitches. Place the right needle through the first stitch you cast on, and knit the stitch by wrapping the yarn around the right needle, drawing a new loop through the stitch on the left needle, and dropping the stitch off of the left needle.
Knit one round. To knit, slide the right needle from the front to the back of the stitch, just as you did to cast on. With the yarn in the back of the work, wrap the yarn around the right needle, draw a new loop through the stitch on the left needle, dropping the stitch off of the left needle and leaving the new stitch on the right needle.
Purl one round. To make a purl stitch, slide the tip of the right needle from the back to the front of the stitch, leaving the right needle in front of the left needle. With the yarn in the front of the work, wrap the yarn around the needle's tip, pull it through the stitch and drop the stitch off of the left needle, leaving the new stitch on the right needle.
Continue in the pattern of knitting one round and purling the next until your work measures 20 inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a purl row.
Cast off all stitches. To cast off, knit two stitches onto the right needle, and pull the first stitch you knit over the second stitch and off of the needle. Continue in this manner until you have one stitch left on the right needle. Use the scissors to cut the yarn, and draw the loose end through the last stitch on the needle by threading it onto the yarn needle and pulling it through the stitch. Pull tightly to secure.
Weave in all loose ends by threading them on the yarn needle and sewing a few small stitches through the wrong side of the cowl.
Keep track of where the round started by leaving the loose end from the cast on row until you have completed the work. Orplace a stitch marker after the first stitch.