It took a while to decide what to make with my 4 balls, not enough for a shawl, just right for a thick long scarf but honestly how many scarves does a person need - I do have them in every colour and length now!
So I decided to have a go at a pattern I had seen recently for a bobbly effect scarf, but feeling a bit adventurous I thought I would adapt the pattern to a cowl instead.
You will need 4 x 50g balls of wool and size 6.5mm needles - long ones!
Bobble stitch: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, all in the same stitch
row 1 of pattern: slip first stitch, *purl 5 together, bobble in next stitch*, repeat from * to * until you reach the last from end stitch, knit last stitch
row 2 of pattern: knit every stitch
row 3 of pattern: slip first stitch, *bobble in next stitch, purl 5 together*, repeat from * to * until you reach the last from end stitch, knit last stitch
row 4 of pattern: knit every stitch
Cast on 168 stitches loosely, you will not need to worry about gauge in this pattern.
Purl the first row to create the edging
Work in the 4 pattern rows until the cowl measures about 25 centimetres from the beginning row
End in pattern row 2 or 4
Purl a row to finish the edging
Cast off loosely, knit wise.
Then just sew together the edges - the slip/knit ends of each row make this much easier.
Just a word of warning though - when you do the knit rows in the patterns remember to knit VERY loosely - otherwise the stitches will be too tight to purl 5 together and won't accommodate the bobble stitch either.
The cowl is long enough to be looped twice around your neck for a snug warm coat collar filler, or worn loose over a plain top to add a splash of colour and texture.