Pardon the pun, but cowls are hot this season – groan! – because they are both fashionable and functional. Since my giraffe neck is always freezing, I knew I needed [okay, wanted] a cute cowl this winter to help keep me warm. In November, trendy cowls were all over hip clothing stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. But when I saw the price tags – anywhere from $48-100 – I laughed out loud. I knew I could make my own while still being able to pay my mortgage, so I headed straight to the yarn store.
|Cost of my homemade cowl: $5. The smug satisfaction of wearing something you've made and saving $43: priceless.|
In this age of technology, the quantified self and ready-made everything, wearing or using something DIY is nostalgically self-satisfying. If only for a few minutes, you feel as self-reliant as Ma in Little House on the Prairie. What, besides food, have you made from scratch lately? Below are a few other things I've recently sewn:
Amy Butler. My first sewn collar. I had to lie down after finishing it.
One-Yard Wonders. This cost about $6 to make!
Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects
My 2-Hour Chunky Crochet Cowl
Left cowl: $5; right cowl: $48 at Anthropologie. Both are acrylic. I like mine better.
- 1 skein Lion Brand Hometown Yarn
- 1 Q crochet hook
Row 1: Single crochet to end. Chain 2. Turn
Row 2. Double crochet in third stitch. Double crochet to end. Chain 3, turn then begin single crochet row in second stitch.
Repeat these rows until you are just about out of year Sew or crochet together seam. If you want an infinity cowl, twist the seam before sewing the edge. Trim yarn ends and wear proudly.
This non-food recipe is dedicated to my pal, the ever-fabulous Kittee who just knitted this amazing sweater. Kittee makes a lot of her own clothing. I vividly one of her kreations – a chicken-print skirt she wore at the VidaVeganConference in 2011. Our styles are very different but we both love making our own stuff from scratch.