In addition to his duties as chief cat wrangler and household chef, Mr Elyse works a day job as a barista. With winter imminent he asked me if I would make him a cowl or scarf to keep him warm when he worked the drive through window. As this presented an opportunity to buy new yarn, I of course said yes.
(Side note: yes, this means my husband makes one badass caramel latte, ladies and gentlemen. There’s always one waiting for me when I get up–be jealous, be very, very jealous).
Anyway, I decided to go with a cowl as since a scarf has the potential to get in the way during coffee prep. My finished product was The Barista Cowl–a super bulky wool cowl that knits up quickly and is quite warm.
Things you will need:
A yarn needle for weaving in ends
1 large stitch marker
2 large buttons (I dug mine out of my button jar.) (Yes I have a button jar, don’t judge me).
A needle and thread for sewing on buttons
Recommended but not required: Wool Wash. I’m a huge fan of wool wash as it pulls the excess dye out of the yarn and also softens scratchy fibers prior to wearing. I use Soak (I like the Yuzu scent) but if you don’t want to try a big bottle, it’s also available in mini packets.
Look at this picture of Tom Hiddleston holding a baby leopard. Doesn’t that make everything better?
Not your cup of tea?
Here’s Rosario Dawson holding an albino alligator and being super happy about. Hope she washed her hands after.
Okay, knitting stuff: I’m giving instructions for the cowl in 2 sizes, small and large. I made my husband a large cowl, but I would be swimming in it. Both are the same height but the small is a little tighter.
- With main color CO 48 (56) stitches– DO NOT JOIN IN THE ROUND YET (we’re gonna do some stuff first).
- Follow pattern below:
Rows 1 & 2: *K1, P1* rep to end
Row 3: K1, P1 until 3 stitches remain. YO, P1, K1, P1
Row 4: K1, P1, K2tog, P1, *K1, P1* to end
Rows 5 & 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 again. Hey we just made some button holes!
Rows 7 & 8: * K1, P1* rep to end
Row 9: Okay, now we join in the round. Use a stitch marker to mark where your round starts. K1, P1 around.
Rows 10-13: K1, P1 around.
Row 14: Switch to contrasting color. K1, P1 around.
Rows 15-19: K1, P1 around. (You can work fewer rounds if you want a shorter cowl).
6. Loosely bind off.
7. I really recommend soaking your project in wool wash or hair conditioner to get the excess dye out and soften the fibers. Then rinse, gently roll in a towel, and lay flat to dry.
8. Sew on buttons and weave in ends.
You’re all done! Hopefully this cowl keeps you warm whether you’re slinging espresso or waiting in line for it. Happy knitting!