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and prolific knitwear designers today. Her designs have appeared in VOGUE KNITTING, KNIT SIMPLE, INTERWEAVE KNITS and other magazines. Cathy has written numerous knitting books, including HATTITUDE and the original COWL GIRLS. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Photography by Jack Deutsch

161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013 sixthandspring.com PRINTED IN CHINA

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Calling all Cowl Girls! Are you ready for more? With over 30 brand new designs, COWL GIRLS 2 is the next must-have collection of cowls, ponchos, hoods, gaiters, collars, and more. From stripes to ruffles, beads to pailettes, and zippers to bobbles, there’s plenty of style to keep every Cowl Girl happy! “Cathy Carron, once again, gives knitters her innovative take on a wardrobe staple in Cowl Girls 2. In this collection, she deftly works with scale, color, and stitch pattern to create playful and unique designs. Whether your style is classic or funky, you will find patterns that you will love to knit and wear.” —Kirsten Kapur, author of Kirsten Kapur Shawl Book One

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cathy carron

the neck’s favorite knits

the neck’s favorite knits

Cathy Carron is one of the most popular

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the neck’s favorite knits

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cathy carron

CRAFTS • KNITTING

CRAFTS • KNITTING

$19.95 US • $22.95 CANADA

the neck’s favorite knits

Ready for more? COWL GIRLS designer Cathy Carron is back with a fun, fresh group of patterns to liven up your look. From uptown to downtown, city to country, and everywhere in between, COWL GIRLS 2 has you covered! Featuring more than 30 bold, inventive designs, COWL GIRLS 2 is an all-new take on everyone’s favorite accessory: the cowl. Styles include: • A lively checkerboard poncho • A snappy collar with bold tennis stripes • A stylish zippered cowl that’s great for her — or him • A ruffled cowl trimmed with bright pony beads • A warm, lacy hood

$19.95 • $22.95 CANADA

ISBN-13: 978-1-942021-63-6 51995

And of course, there’s so much more. No matter your skill level, there’s a project here for you! Find your perfect pattern and have fun!

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161 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013 sixthandspringbooks.com Editor HOLLY RUCK Editorial Assistant JACOB SEIFERT Yarn Editor MATTHEW SCHRANK Executive Editor CARLA SCOTT Instructions Editor MARI LYNN PATRICK Instructions Assistant CEVRI CIVELEK

Vice President/ Editorial Director TRISHA MALCOLM Publisher CAROLINE KILMER Creative Director JOE VIOR Production Manager DAVID JOINNIDES President ART JOINNIDES Chairman JAY STEIN

Technical Illustrations LORETTA DACHMAN Photography JACK DEUTSCH Stylist JOANNA RADOW Hair/Makeup ELENA LYAKIR

Copyright © 2016 by Cathy Carron All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems —without written permission of the publisher. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available from the Library of Congress. Manufactured in China 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 First Edition

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contents 8 10 14 18 22 26 30 34 38 42 46 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82

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introduction the basics northern lights Roving Cowl sun valley Smock Stitch Gaiter cafĂŠ au lait Ripple Cowl street smart Rib & Zip Cowl uptown girl Contrast Cowl 30-love Ribbed Cowl it takes two Tab Cowl & Hat on the go Pocket Cowl thick & thin Drop Stitch Cowl Duo a knitting romance Riot Cowl comfort zone Motif Cowl sweet treats Frosting Cowl silver and gold Poem Cowl disco dreams Paillettes & Rib Collar all seasons Striped Cowl brave new world Patterns Cowl puff piece Polo Puffin Collar bold shoulder Loopy Cowl

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electric avenue Zigzag Cowl carousel confection Beaded Cowl poncho v Chunky Poncho tiny bobbles Bobble Cowl just fur fun Fuzzy Convertible Cowl winter classic

Fair Isle Cowl & Hat

doubled-up Tassel Cowl a tale of two cowls Long Cowl/Short Cowl ice rink princess Lace Hood scrunch time Scrunchy Cowl grand slam Sporty Cowl Dickey modern girl Short Row Cowl split decision Two -Toned Cowl quality street Tubular Cowl changing it up things to know techniques resources index

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introduction Welcome back cowl girls (and cowl boys)! Because one collection of cowls could never be enough, here’s a brand new group for you to try! This time around, there are new stitches, new shapes, and new configurations. For extra fun, I’ve included a few hats and some rogue dickey shapes and collars. There’s something for every style! Having myriad design options at your fingertips allows you to both test your knitting skills and create pieces that complement you and your wardrobe. In this collection, you’ll find an exciting set of technical challenges that include: • Inserting zippers either set within a seam or on top of knitted fabric • Shifting yarn gauges within a pattern • Piecing together motifs and then picking up and knitting a decorative edge around the assembled pieces • Using multiple colors for Fair Isle, intarsia lettering, and mosaic work • Incorporating paillettes, sequins, or pony beads • Creating textured, decorative edgings and other stitchery such as drop-stitches, short rows, bobbles, ripples, and loops Adding these technical options to your toolbox will enable you to create cowls best suited to your needs. And, best of all, you’ll have the ability to express yourself artistically. Before you choose a design, make sure to consider the shape of the cowl. A collarless coat with a rounded neck would look great with a ribbed dickey inserted inside the neck, a dickey with a sequin edge on the outside, or just about any neck covering. For an even more dramatic look, consider an oversized, wrapped cowl. Coats with large collars, however, often play by different rules. They might look good with a cowl that hugs the neck or is narrower with a wrap and drape down the front. Coats with small collars can work well with just about any cowl shape, depending on how it relates to the collar structure. I hope you have fun perusing the entire collection as each design has a special feature or purpose for its creation. Choose your favorite shape, pick a design that screams your name, buy some gorgeous yarn, and get started!

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northern lights The polar vortex is no match for this voluptuous cowl! A small stitch count and a handful of rounds mean superior warmth on the very coldest days.

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cafĂŠ au lait Two contrasting colors combine with a slanting ripple pattern in this bubbly cowl. Your morning commute never looked so good.

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a knitting romance Bobbles, lace, openwork, and ribs are the many ways you can express your love of knitting in this extra-long, stitch mix cowl.

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all seasons For year-round fiber wear, linen is always a winner. Wear this striped and drapey cowl long or doubled up.

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brave new world Look to the plains of the American West and you’ll find the sandwashed desert hues and patterns that play out on this double-faced cowl.

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electric avenue Staid, bookish tweed gets a shot of high voltage from bright chartreuse trimming in this zigzag supersized cowl.

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scrunch time Simplify your morning routine with an easy neck cowl to grab and pull on as you’re heading out the door.

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index #

ice rink princess 116-119 just fur fun 102-105 quality street 136-137

30-love 34-37

A

a knitting romance 50-53 a tale of two cowls 112-115 all seasons 70-73

B

I

ice rink princess 116-119 it takes two 38-41

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beads carousel confection 90-93 bobbles a knitting romance 50-53 bold shoulder 82-85 tiny bobbles 98-101 bold shoulder 82-85 brave new world 74-77

just fur fun 102-105

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M

L

lace

a knitting romance 50-53 uptown girl 30-33 loops bold shoulder 82-85

cables a knitting romance 50-53 grand slam 124-127 sweet treats 58-61 cafĂŠ au lait 22-25 carousel confection 90-93 comfort zone 54-57

modern girl 128-131

D

P

disco dreams 66-69 doubled-up 110-111 dropped stitches a knitting romance 50-53 bold shoulder 82-85 thick & thin 46-49

E

electric avenue 86-89

F

fair isle brave new world 74-77 winter classic 106-109 faux fur just fur fun 102-105 uptown girl 30-33 flounce modern girl 128-131

G

gaiter sun valley 18-21 grand slam 124-127

H

hat

it takes two 38-41 winter classic 106-109 hood

N

northern lights 14-17

O

on the go 42-45 paillettes disco dreams 66-69 pocket on the go 42-45 pompoms ice rink princess 116-119 poncho v 94-97 puff piece 78-81

Q

quality street 136-137

R

silver and gold 62-65 slip stitch split decision 132-135 smock stitch sun valley 18-21 split decision 132-135 street smart 26-29 sun valley 18-21 sweet treats 58-61

ribbing 30-love 34-37 a knitting romance 50-53 carousel confection 90-93 disco dreams 66-69 grand slam 124-127 ice rink princess 116-119 it takes two 38-41 puff piece 78-81 scrunch time 120-123 silver and gold 62-65 street smart 26-29

T

S

Z

scrunch time 120-123 short rows modern girl 128-131

tassel doubled-up 110-111 thick & thin 46-49 tiny bobbles 98-101

U

uptown girl 30-33

W

winter classic 106-109 zipper on the go 42-45 street smart 26-29

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cathy carron

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and prolific knitwear designers today. Her designs have appeared in VOGUE KNITTING, KNIT SIMPLE, INTERWEAVE KNITS and other magazines. Cathy has written numerous knitting books, including HATTITUDE and the original COWL GIRLS. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Photography by Jack Deutsch

161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013 sixthandspring.com PRINTED IN CHINA

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Calling all Cowl Girls! Are you ready for more? With over 30 brand new designs, COWL GIRLS 2 is the next must-have collection of cowls, ponchos, hoods, gaiters, collars, and more. From stripes to ruffles, beads to pailettes, and zippers to bobbles, there’s plenty of style to keep every Cowl Girl happy! “Cathy Carron, once again, gives knitters her innovative take on a wardrobe staple in Cowl Girls 2. In this collection, she deftly works with scale, color, and stitch pattern to create playful and unique designs. Whether your style is classic or funky, you will find patterns that you will love to knit and wear.” —Kirsten Kapur, author of Kirsten Kapur Shawl Book One

cowlgirls2

cathy carron

the neck’s favorite knits

the neck’s favorite knits

Cathy Carron is one of the most popular

cowlgirls2

the neck’s favorite knits

cowlgirls2

cathy carron

CRAFTS • KNITTING

CRAFTS • KNITTING

$19.95 US • $22.95 CANADA

the neck’s favorite knits

Ready for more? COWL GIRLS designer Cathy Carron is back with a fun, fresh group of patterns to liven up your look. From uptown to downtown, city to country, and everywhere in between, COWL GIRLS 2 has you covered! Featuring more than 30 bold, inventive designs, COWL GIRLS 2 is an all-new take on everyone’s favorite accessory: the cowl. Styles include: • A lively checkerboard poncho • A snappy collar with bold tennis stripes • A stylish zippered cowl that’s great for her — or him • A ruffled cowl trimmed with bright pony beads • A warm, lacy hood

$19.95 • $22.95 CANADA

ISBN-13: 978-1-942021-63-6 51995

And of course, there’s so much more. No matter your skill level, there’s a project here for you! Find your perfect pattern and have fun!

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