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Feb 9, 2019 18:38:19   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
A cowl is one thing I have never knitted in my many years of knitting. I am seeing some pretty ones here on KP. My question and concern is, is there a bunching at the back of the neck?
In my old age I have shrunk and as a result do not have a swanlike neck. Thoughts on this welcome.
 
Feb 9, 2019 18:44:55   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
I’ve never seen the appeal for myself, but I’ve never had a swan-like neck, either. I wore one once while shoveling snow, and my glasses fogged up, which was not helpful.
Feb 9, 2019 18:48:54   #
ammie
 
I love them and make a lot for Christmas. So much handier than scarves, I think. Actually, I should call mine neck warmers, because they're short enough to just wear under a coat on such cold days. I even wear them in the house for extra warmth.
Feb 9, 2019 18:53:44   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
I can't stand the though of a close fitting cowl around my neck. It has to be really cold for me to be willing to endure a turtleneck top. Some days a crew neck drives me crazy. An infinity scarf I would try but I haven't yet.
Feb 9, 2019 18:58:10   #
countryknitwit
 
I consider mine as neck warmers as well. I think of them as scarfs without ends. They are great at blocking cold air in the point that the zipper/buttons of coat stop at neck. They don't come undone, mine don't bunch up. I do have a couple of wider/longer ones that can go over my face if I choose.
Feb 9, 2019 18:58:28   #
gardenlady4012 (a regular here)
 
I have made many and wear them a lot, even inside, to keep my neck warm. I don’t make them tight to my neck, and the excess length hangs down in front, no bunching in the back. I would encourage you to make one with stash yarn and a free pattern so if it turns out not to be your thing, you’ll only be out a little time.
 
Feb 9, 2019 18:59:24   #
painthoss (a regular here)
 
Joy Marshall wrote:
A cowl is one thing I have never knitted in my many years of knitting. I am seeing some pretty ones here on KP. My question and concern is, is there a bunching at the back of the neck?
In my old age I have shrunk and as a result do not have a swanlike neck. Thoughts on this welcome.


I have broad square shoulders, an average length neck, and a small head. A cowl makes me look like a lumberjack. Add a baseball hat and I look like a pinhead lumberjack. That’s why I prefer scarves. I can drape them for a flattering look when I want, and knot or wrap them when I need warmth.
Feb 9, 2019 19:03:14   #
chickkie (a regular here)
 
I am not a fan of cowls. I have knit a few of them but have never worn one, as I do not like the pulling on and off over my head. I have a few languishing in the “for sale” box. Scarves bunch up behind the neck too, but you can adjust the free ends to make any length you want. When I want something around my neck for warmth I do not want that gaping space under my chin. There are many made, but I think mostly because they are quick.
Feb 9, 2019 19:14:24   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
Thanks for all the input. I am having second thoughts about knitting one. My knitting time is perhaps better spent with things that definitely will be used.
Feb 9, 2019 20:18:15   #
desireeross
 
My cowls double as neck warmers. They must keep me warm or I don’t wear them. I often use fewer stitches so they’re tighter around my neck. Yes, the can bunch up but to me that’s part of the appeal of keeping warm
Feb 9, 2019 20:35:04   #
Strickliesel61
 
I love cowls!! And I'm somebody who hates turtlenecks and crewnecks.
 
Feb 9, 2019 20:56:21   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Strickliesel61 wrote:
I love cowls!! And I'm somebody who hates turtlenecks and crewnecks.


Interesting. I may reconsider and try one. I did make a neck warmer for my daughter. It was really a dickie that buttoned up the front. She doesn't have to pull it over her hair and if she wants it around her neck she can button it all the way up or leave it open for a collar. I'm not sure she ever used it.
Feb 9, 2019 20:57:07   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
You could do one with decreased witdth in the back. If they start to get heavy feeling I have to take them off. But it is -37 F. Windchill here today , drifting like crazy and I took the neighbours around all scalloped potatoes and ham so sure glad for one and a car that has a heated steering wheel!
Feb 9, 2019 20:58:40   #
deenashoemaker (a regular here)
 
I made a beautiful one for myself. I hated wearing it. Too much bulk around my neck and not close enough to be worn. So I won't put anyone through that.
Feb 9, 2019 22:49:44   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
You need anti fog wipes or spray.
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