I hope you don't mind if I do two knitting posts in one week.
My very first knitting project was a matching scarf and hat for my five-year-old. As I mentioned in a previous post, the hat turned out terribly; the scarf was just okay. Not great, but not the train wreck that the hat was. Max was excited to wear it, but I soon learned that scarves for little boys are not the most practical of things. He was out shoveling snow one morning and the thing kept slipping off and falling into the snow. Before long, he dumped the scarf on the porch with a "Sorry, Mom." Lesson learned.
Soon after, I came across a great pattern in Amanda Soule's lovely book, The Rhythm of Family, for her "Wintry Weather Cowl". A cowl was the perfect solution for my little boy because it's a scarf that stays on! He just slips it over his head and is ready to go.
This was my first time knitting in the round and I had no trouble. It's a simple, straightforward project and doesn't take much time to knit up. I used 16-inch US size 10 circular needles and one skein of bulky yarn (nothing fancy -- Max picked out this washable Lion Brand Yarn at good ol' Hobby Lobby). As I mentioned before, the pattern can be found in Rhythm of Family. (In case you're wondering, it's not just a knitting book. It has lots of wonderful and resourceful projects, recipes, and essays in it. I definitely recommend getting a copy.) You can also find my Ravelry notes for the project here.
The thing I love about this project is its practicality. Not only does it stay on and keep little necks toasty, it also fits a wide range of kids, from ages 2-12 (according to the pattern). One thing I would suggest is to be sure to bind it off loosely -- I did it too tightly the first time and it didn't even fit over Max's head. But it fits now and he loves it. Now if only we could get at least one more snowy day before spring starts. Or maybe we'll just have to head up into the mountains and find a patch of snow to play in.
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