Help Me Knit a Cowl!

Hey there, long time, no see!

Now that holiday knitting is over (mostly, I swear!), I’m looking to knit myself a cowl for those cold walks to work.

Cowls seem simple enough, true, but I still have so many decisions to make! I want it to be long enough to be worn as a hood and still loose and wide enough to gather at the neck when worn down. So, would it be best to knit it as a straight tube or would some shaping work better?

I like the look of 1:1 ribbing but [I]hate[/I] knitting it. :stuck_out_tongue: Would stockinette curl too much, or would the nature of the cowl hide that anyway? What other stitches do you recommend?

I have two skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in moss and verdigris and while I’m unsure if I will need both for the length I want, I have no idea how to incorporate both of these colours without it looking like a stripey mess.

It’s been so long since I’ve picked up anything but socks that I’m a little nervous about it. And it’s just a tube! :stuck_out_tongue: Any advice is greatly appreciated.

A lot of cowls that can be pulled up over the head are decreased at the top. About 27-30" at the lower edge, to about 24" at the upper edge. See knitty’s Ice Queen - doesn’t need to have beads on it -