Carefree Cowl Knit Along - The Bandana Cowl & the Best Knot Evah!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Project: Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky in colorway 6192

yee haw ladies!  i'm feeling what my daughter mackenzie describes as an "awesome cowgirl" vibe!  i finished my bandana cowl.  i cast on at knit night saturday and stayed up till i was pretty much done.  i blocked and finished it up sunday morning and have been wearing it ever since.  i do admit i feel like doing a bit of "achy breaky heart" style line dancing while sporting it but it's all good.  i like to think i have a bit of country in me :)

i love the colorway of the yarn i used this time round.  the berroco vintage chunky is a versatile chunky that's super soft and comes in tons of color at an affordable price.  i wanted a neutral but also a color and this one fit the bill perfectly.  it just oozed fall to me :) 

this pattern was the first time i've done short rows in what feels like forever!  it was super fun and very addicting...thus the one day finish :)  that and i finally watched super 8 and had to see how it ended.  i do have to admit though that i had a few small issues with the pattern itself.  even after getting gauge (i had to go down to 5.5mm to get it) my cowl and rebecca's cowl were both much longer than the pattern length and i ran out of yarn!  rebecca eneded up with a teeny tiny amount and i just plain had none left.  i only got about half way through my 3rd pattern repeat and had to do the finishing rows or i would have ran out.  overall though i like it alot even though i didn't get through the pattern.  it's drapey, warm and cozy.  a few tips would be to make sure to get more than one skein of the yarn you are using and to cast on very loosely and bind off with a way bigger needle.  you will get a great drape that way.  my cast on was a tad too tight and i'm regretting it now as i seem to keep pulling the back neck to widen it out as it pulls in on itself a bit.  could just be my boobs

overall i love that i have another new staple accessory for my wardrobe and i especially like that it makes me want to get my inner yeehaw cowgirl groove on......c' know ya wanna join in....

and now that i've done my jig for y'all i've got a special surprise for you!  the insanely talented jane richmond is here today to show us what i think is the best knot evah!!!!!!! it's magical!  seriously.  trust me on will change your knitting life forevah!!!!!  now let's hear from jane....

Hi everyone, my name is Jane Richmond and I'm going to share a very special knot with you. This knot is incredibly strong, nearly invisible and the best part is it leaves you with no ends to weave in, no joke! It's the method I use when adding a new ball of yarn to a project. When I first learned to make this knot it felt like a magic trick, you'll be amazed at how useful it is. I hope you enjoy my video tutorial.


Thank you so much for having me back as a guest on your blog Shannon. I think the Carefree Cowl KAL is the perfect way to kick off the knitting season and I'm so happy I could be a part of it!

thanks so much jane! you know i'm obsessed with your  jane's got a knit along going on of her own right now that's been a lot of fun too for one of her newest patterns - rae.  click here to join in!  you can find all things jane richmond here:

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for those of you who are wanting to join in our carefree cowl knit along and haven't yet there is still time!  you can join in anytime before the deadline which is november the 9th.  sign up here:

and you can follow along with all things "carefree cowl knit along" here:

feel free to add any pics you like to the flickr group and the ravelry thread.  we love seeing your progress, yarn pics and finished items! it's been so exciting watching all your lovely cowls being made!

and don't forget to pop over and show some love to our carefree cowl knit along sponsor:
jen geigley is the stylish designer behind the "gap-tastic cowl" pattern so many of us love!

how's your knit along project going?  have you finished yours yet?  did you make the bandana cowl?  let's chat knitting gals!


  1. I finished my cowl, and I am loving it! And Jane Richmond ROCKS my world - absolutely. Great videos.

    You look cute as can be in your cowgirl cowl :-) definitely made my morning. And now, I'm on to a pair of purple knitted baby pants...

  2. yay shannon! I love that color, you look fab!

  3. love this cowl on you!! the colour is so fab. sort of a ginger spice. love love it!

  4. OOOOOOOOOooooh I love your cowl AND your boots!

  5. Ooh, clever knot. And Jane, we have the same thumbnails! :D

  6. Love the cowl! Thanks for the tips too, I always have the tendency to CO a little on the tight side. You're on a roll with cowls! I'm not even a quarter of the way done my first. I'm hoping I can still get it done before the KAL is over!

    Also, thanks to you and Jane for a great tutorial! I normally do Russian Joins, but I definitely need to try this method out...but easier! ♥

  7. i'm just glad that i got one cowl done :) and i am no longer a KAL virgin. check it out here;

    may i just say HOLY CRAP about the invisible double knot! when i started reading i was all like 'you can't do that. my grandma, knitter extraordinaire would never approve'... then i watched the video - AMAZING!! thank you Jane Richmond. i will definitely be using that method from this point on!

  8. Firstly (as my boys like to say) LOVE LOVE LOVE the cowl. I will totally be casting that baby on as soon as I finish my Cedar Leaf Shawlette (onto the leaves right now).

    Next, Love the pictures. Yes, it is totally fab to have a little country in you...I think we all do, just not all of us are willing to express it.

    Last...that knot rocks. However, I am curious is it as invisible in stocking stitch or less? I agree with Sue (above) that my first thought was 'you can't tie a knot!' Then I remembered there are no knitting police and everything goes in knitting right? Will be trying that knot the next time I join in yarn.

  9. Looks great Shannon! I had problems with the pattern too. I was so determined to "beat the pattern" that I cast on another one! That lasted all of twenty minutes before I realized the foolishness of my ways.
    I've made amends with my cowl and am loving it. Wearing it right now in fact.

  10. LOVE your finished cowl - awesome! I love this knit along ... started my cowl (gap-tastic!) the other night and am making good progress - gottal love that chunky yarn: ) Thanks for organizing all the fun ... Sara

  11. Awwww, thanks so much ladies! You guys are so sweet!

    Thank you to all of you for joining on the KAL and knitting with me :)

    And trust me....the!!! truly. you will never do another one again.

  12. Thanks so much for this. I just bought my yarn today and was getting ready to cast on so this review is absolutely perfect timing!

  13. Loving the cowl--and as I used to live in TX, I think I best cast on for one asap. It looks so great on you. Now, that knot...I am amazed. Really?! I'm a little giddy over how much it might rock my knitting world. I HATE weaving in ends. I'm about to start a new skein on a sweater so I'm off to try it.

  14. beautiful cowl...thanks for sharing the knot, next time I'll use it!

  15. Looks great, the color is a perfect choice too.
    May I make a humble suggestion here? You mention short rows and the challenge that comes with knitting them, and I was just looking at the Owelets pattern for my niece, and that requires short rows as about a little tutorial??? For us less experienced knitters it would be a great help...wink, wink....
    I know I can Google it, but your tips are a lot more fun...

  16. Love the cowl and love the boots. I haven't gotten up the courage to join the knit along yet. I am tempted but still feel like I need the practice. I am trying to remove my knitting training wheels and knit like a 'big girl.' I mostly knit hats, blankets and dish clothes. Something fashionable for me would be crazy!

  17. Great video. I can't wait to try it out. Jennifer

  18. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for that knot video! I've already used it several times for a hat that I'm knitting up out of scraps! As I was reading I didn't believe that the knot would hold up - then I watched the video and did it myself - AMAZING!!! No ends to weave in! :)

  19. Hi,

    I've been hearing about people having similar problems with the bandana cowl pattern and was hoping someone could clear up a question for me.

    Row 5, knit 42 sts, w/t, do I go back to the beginning of the round to my marker, or do I go back 3 sts?

    Thanks for the help.

  20. @Anonymous

    hi there! i can help you with your question :) essentially what you're going to be doing is knitting to the front of your cowl (the stitch marker that starts the beginning of the round is actually the back of the cowl). so you're knitting half way around... (the 42 sts). then you do your wrap and turn. after you've turned, you are on row 6... and it states to purl 3 sts. ( you'll be going back and forth in this manner until you get back to your stitch marker at the beginning of the round). does that help? if you have more questions, you can find me on ravelry as gundyknitter, or you can email me. :)


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