08 October 2010

DIY: Cowl Neck Scarf

For the longest time I have been in search of the perfect scarf. I lived in Italy for a semester and spent countless hours scouring markets looking for pashmina, patterned, and silk scarves - some of which I love love love dearly. I made a trek to the silk section of the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, finding some pretty numbers as well, but nothing that simply was, well, ME. And then I remembered something that I am embarrassed to say I forgot... I KNOW HOW TO KNIT. I taught myself how to knit (and embroider) when I was fifteen and have since become so busy with life-in-general that I honestly filed knitting away as a "phase" I went through. And just recently it dawned on me. Instead of daydreaming about the perfect scarf, why not make it myself. Pick out the yarn, find the pattern I like the most, and just do it. So that's what I'm up to right now.

After navigating my way through countless blogs and patterns, I stumbled upon this beauty! 
Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck / Pattern Copyrighted by Julianne Smith
Julianne Smith of The Garter Girl saw a scarf similar to this one in Instyle Magazine, selling for $750, and figured that she could make her own version of it for a fraction of the price. After cracking the code on this number, she generously published the pattern online HERE! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Also, a coworker just told me about ravelry.com which is full to the brim of great patterns, photographs, and project ideas for knitting. This pattern is on there, as well as dozens of photos of this scarf that people have made for themselves using different variations of color, yarn, and cabling. AWESOME. 


  1. :D :D one of my xanga friends knitted me my cowl, which makes this post all the more special! i am so excited to see your creation!

  2. Lexie, I was so inspired by your little cowl (hence the photo of you) that I couldn't help but want to make my own. Fingers crossed I have one ready to wear at HOMECOMING (LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!!)

    Do you want to a) get together and b) do an outfit post when I'm in town?!