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Design Your Own Cowl

with Laura Nelkin
Design Your Own Cowl
Keep yourself and loved ones feeling snug and looking stylish in your one-of-a-kind cowls. Use Laura's templates and techniques to breeze through designing original cowls.

Use knitting expert Laura Nelkin's design worksheet along with any of twelve templates to build your own cowl designs with little to no math. You'll even be able to write publishable patterns. Laura will help you choose yarn, stitch patterns, borders and edgings before guiding you step-by-step through bringing a unique cowl to life. Design a cute, cozy round cowl, a sophisticated Möbius cowl or a fabulous flat cowl you can seam or connect with buttons. Along with all the tips and tricks you need to succeed at designing and knitting original cowls, this class also includes three of Laura's finished cowl patterns! Sign up today and radiate eye-catching style in custom cowls you can call your own.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. What Is a Cowl?

  • Meet your instructor, Laura Nelkin, and begin to consider what design elements you want your cowl to have. A design worksheet included with your class materials will help you keep track of your choices and choose the best design template for your pattern.


Lesson 2. More Design Decisions

  • Choosing the right yarn for your project means you get to shop in your stash or try out new fibers! Find joy in your swatching and blocking as you determine just the right stitch patterns and borders for your cowl.


Lesson 3. Designing a Round Cowl

  • Laura includes six different design templates for cowls that are knitted in the round. She walks you through the steps for calculating your cast-on, body stitches and edging for round cowls that are not twisted, using her Red Cowl as an example.


Lesson 4. Designing a Mobius Cowl

  • Twisted, or Möbius, cowls are round cowls that are knitted from the center out. Laura gives an overview of the basic Möbius design calculations, then demonstrates with her Lapso Cowl. You'll learn how you can move beyond the template boundaries to add your own twists to the base design.


Lesson 5. Designing a Flat Cowl

  • Laura discusses the many ways you can design a flat-knitted cowl using the six provided templates. Even a simple rectangle with buttons can be a stunning accessory when you choose an interesting stitch pattern and add handmade buttons. See how Laura's Ojo Cowl was calculated by following along on the design template.


Lesson 6. Tips & Tricks

  • Your new favorite stretchy cast-on and bind-off might be the ones you learn in this lesson. Laura also demonstrates the Möbius cast-on and provisional cast-on and shares some cowl-blocking tricks.


Lesson 7. Designing Extras

  • If you plan to start designing cowl patterns to share or sell, you'll want Laura's professional tips. These include calculating yarn amounts, getting your pattern written out and charted correctly, and having your pattern edited and photographed. Soon you'll be crafting patterns designed to delight!

"I love this class. I have been watching all of the classes before I dive in and start my own cowl design. Laura explains the different types of cowl designs, provides templates for the different cowl types and walks you through step by step how to figure out stitches, yarn yardage and all aspects of creating your own design. Laura also includes 3 of her cowl design patterns and uses those to explain how to design each type. I am amazed at her knowledge and talent for design. I really appreciate her generosity for sharing her knowledge with us."
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