I’m a big fan of scarves, shrugs and cowls, especially at this time of year. They’re a great way to add a layer of warmth and some extra color and texture to an outfit, and they also make great gifts because they don’t have to be a particular size to “fit” a person.
This pattern from Lion Brand yarn for a Snapped Convertible Cowl/Shrug is a lot of fun because it’s almost as simple as knitting gets. It’s just a rectangle worked in 1×1 ribbing, in a self-striping yarn that makes it a lot more interesting looking than that sounds.
Snaps are installed on one long side so that the piece can be folded up and worn like a shrug or gathered around the neck to make a big cowl. You could leave it unbuttoned and wear it like a scarf, too.
I just used some of the yarn called for in this pattern — Lion Brand Amazing — and it’s a really nice yarn to work with. The colors are so fun, too, you’ll knit this one fast just because you’re eager to see what’s next.
[Photo via Lion Brand Yarn.]