Friday, March 9, 2012

Easy No Knit Spring Cowl Tutorial

Don't knit? Don't crochet?  Don't sew?  Then this project is for you!  Many of you know that I'm obsessed with cowls and I've recently been inspired to create a "no knit" spring cowl for all of you who haven't learned the trade or just feel like doing something different.  I've seen so many fun spring cowls out there with a braided look made from fabric and I wanted to try to make one out of yarn.  This is so fun and easy -- you'll have a new spring cowl in no time!  This cowl is great because you can wear it with the knots in back, on the side or in the front for some different looks.









What You'll Need:

  • Yarn of your choice (I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease)  Each strand is about 40" long and here I used 24 strands in each braid with 6 braids total, so adjust based on how long and how thick you want your cowl to be
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Duct Tape



To make your cowl the same thickness as shown here, cut 24 strands of yarn approximately 40" long (This is for one braid -- you'll be doing this 6 times).  Divide the yarn up so that you're braiding 8 strands in each braid segment.  Knot the yarn loosely (you will unknot it later) and secure with tape.  Braid the yarn to the end. Do not knot the other end when you're done with the braid.


Use your fabric glue to secure the braid at the end.


Untie the original knot and now tie both ends together.  Repeat so that you have 6 braids total (or adjust based on how thick you want your cowl).  Once you have completed all of your braids, place them all together with the knots all in the same general area, but not right on top of each other.  Space the knots out a bit.   



To secure the cowl, wrap some tape tightly around the cowl to keep the knots in place.  Then use some additional yarn (I used 4 strands held together at the same time) to wrap over the tape.  Tuck in the ends and tie off.


Enjoy your new spring cowl!


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27 comments:

  1. how fun I love it!!

    thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie

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  2. How inspired! And how pretty!!! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  3. This is gorgeous! I love it! I would be thrilled to have you share this over at my link party...and if you like what you see become a new follower! :) Loving your blog so far! Following you via LINKY FOLLOWERS!
    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/03/homemade-by-you-3.html

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  4. Beautifully done. Looks like something my sister would like so I'm "pinning" it. Thanks again. Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/03/green-spring-wreath-with-daisies.html

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  5. Beautiful and easy...it really looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love this was done with yarn. so pretty! I also am having a Sunday Blog Hop and would love for you to link up your fun blog!

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-blog-hop-4_10.html

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  7. Very clever!

    Just found your blog today, you have made some lovely things.

    Happy Knitting
    Fleur xx

    fleurcotton.blogspot.com

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    1. I just checked out your blog -- love it! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

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  8. This looks super easy. I do crochet but I am putting on my list to try.


    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @ http://cookcraftcrocheting.blogspot.com/

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  9. Super cute! I'd love it of you linked up to Crafty Cousins!
    http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-i-wore-sunday-week-7.html

    ~Natalie
    (Crafty Cousins is your newest follower! :)

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    1. I linked up and am following you back.... thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Hi, Ashley

    I just love your scarf. It's lovely and what a great idea. I found your lovely blog on Mommy by day crafter by night link party. I am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com. Have a great week.

    Vanessa

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  11. Oh I LOVE this!!! It would be cute in a smaller scale as a bracelet, as well!

    Just found your blog today and am just loving all of the wonderful projects!

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  12. This is so cute, I have been wanting to do something like this for a while! I would love if you would link up to the Lovely Things Thursday Linky Party!

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  13. Love it, and so kind of you to think of the poor crafters who don't knit or crochet! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you again!

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  14. Featuring this today on Serenity Saturday party!!
    serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xx

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  15. This is so, so pretty. LOVE it...want to make one tomorrow. CUTE! Featuring it on Tickled Pink!

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  16. I love this! Ive been alittle obsessed with cowl scarfs this winter too. I cant wait to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I want to do this for our craft in our MOPS group this year. How much will one skein do? Looks so easy, good for moms that feel that they are not crafty at all. Also, was wonder how long one takes to make?

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  18. I just made this, twice actually, because (due to operator error) the first one didn't come out great. I blogged about it here: http://makingitwithhelp.blogspot.com/2012/11/easy-no-knit-yarn-cowl.html and I linked back to your tutorial. Thanks so much! This is a really cute idea, and I can't wait to give it to my friend later today for her birthday. And one more thing; in reading the comments, I see that I could use my first attempt as bracelets -- woohoo!!!

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  19. Hello! I just made this project of yours over the weekend and wanted to share it with you. I've tagged you on ravelry as well :)
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/rindarin/sans-needles

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