Lowell Cowl Revisited

Antonia, the designer of our Lowell cowl from Web-Letter 177, said we have 175 days of cowl weather a year. The way this winter is shaping up across the country, that seems like an understatement. At least here in the Northeast, it doesn't seem likely that this snow will ever melt. To this winter-lover, the more days of layering and bundling up, the better.

The Lowell Cowl is a brilliantly versatile design. It is essentially an infinity cowl, knit in two colors: a "mistake rib" comprises the first and last four inches in color A or color B, while the middle is worked in garter stitch, a strand of each color held together.

Silky Alpaca Lace is held double throughout, creating an insulating but light fabric that feels just right, even held directly to your sensitive neck. Its size makes it wearable as a long cowl, a doubled close-to-the-neck cowl, looped through itself as a scarf, wound around your body as a shrug, or simply draped around your shoulders with or without a pin. Though Antonia chose to make the Lowell Cowl in neutral colors, you can also try one of our richly dyed solids or one of our new hand painted shades.

Midnight ForestTurquoise ShadowDesert FlowersTropical Fruit
CosmosAntique KaleidoscopeWheat FieldSunlit Grotto

Can you think of any other uses for this piece?


  1. How about as a head wrap/ turban, fastened with a vintage broach, à la Edie Beale?

  2. I love the Grey Gardens reference! Too funny. Little Edie would love this project, this would be the perfect versatile piece to wear with her skirt/turban/cape. Hah!