The Katy Cowl: Easy Bulky Garter Cowl

Every winter, my sister-in-law throws a super amazing craft sale called The Red Door Sale. Creative people from around the Twin Cities sell their handmade products in this magical, Christmas tree-filled home. For the past two years, I have been blessed to sell some knit headbands at the shop. Last Christmas, I went a little hung-ho and bought almost $100 worth of super bulky yarn from Jo-Ann’s. On sale, that was like 25 skeins. And I made all of these headbands with knit flowers in a week’s span. Hello, arthritis. But I didn’t finish off the whole supply. I had 3 different colorways left and wanted one cozy project to finish them off once and for all.

I love squishy scarves. One easy project that wouldn’t look bad with some color blocks. I found the Katy Cowl and it seemed like a good fit! I liked the way the garter stitch looked more complicated in the pretty bulky yarn. I didn’t have enough yarn to make the project as is, so I adapted the pattern to fit my needs.


Cast on 18 stitches (instead of 22), knit until 56 inches, cast off and bind with mattress stitch.


Adventure in blocking:

I was so eager to finish my first project to post on the blog, that I bound it before blocking it.

Meet my dog, Rocket. 

This is one of my favorite pictures of him when he was a puppy. Bootylicius and proud of it, tongue out. Ridiculous. He likes the grab things he shouldn’t and hide under my bed.

After pinning down my scarf to block, Rocket grabs one of the pins and runs under the bed to eat it. Emergency vet bills flash in my mind. I manage to get it from him, but this now means I can no longer block my knitting on the ground. I am brainstorming a way to elevate it where he can’t get to it.

MacGyver blocking



But for now, I make-shifted a knitting needle, two hair ties, my towel rod, and some yarn into my blocking device. Just call me MacGyver.

I wanted to stretch it out a bit because the yarn is a itchy and a looser Cowl won’t bother my neck as much. After blocking it, the yarn is much softer on the skin and drapes perfectly wrapped around twice!




Any experience with blocking projects while keeping them away from your pets or kids? Let me know in the comments!

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