This sweet little cowl by Noël Margaret of Wanderlust Woolves is a wonderful smile-maker!
Ursula, the Bear Hug Cowl is just marvelous and perfect for the child in each of us.
Essentially, this "kit" is a skein of yarn. The pattern must be gotten from the designer's web page here.
Here is what Noel writes:
The Bear Hug isn’t your average cowl. Cozy, supremely soft against your skin and oh so adorable, this plush little scarf will keep you toasty! Whether you’re out on a hike or stuck in an over-cooled office, the Bear Hug cowl will wrap you in warmth without extra bulk.
The keyhole style closure, with its lovely organic shape, easily slips around the bear’s head allowing you to wear this cowl without having to tussle with your hairdo!
The Bear Hug Cowl is worked in the round and flat.
The bear’s head is knit in the round, beginning at the nose and finishing at the neck. The head is firmly stuffed then the upper and lower sections of the neck are closed by working the top and bottom stitches together.
The cowl is then worked flat, continuing seamlessly from the bear’s neck to the keyhole. The keyhole is worked in two sections then rejoined and continued until the end of the cowl. The ears are added after the bear’s head and cowl are completed, and are worked in the round.
These instructions are for an average adult sized cowl. To resize the cowl to suit your needs, simply work fewer or additional rows before working the keyhole.
The Yarn and Colorways
We did not bring in the same yarn that Noel used for her original piece. Hers was knit in Malabrio's Rasta, with 90 yards/ 150g. You can see our yarn in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The photos of Noel's original Bear Hug Cowl are there to show you the design and used with her permission.
Our yarn is called Uneek Chunky, a 100% extrafine superwash merino with 99 yards/ 150g skein.
Which also puts it in the Super Bulky category.
The colors are awesome! Rich and bright and dyed to stripe beautifully, one skein will be enough for a cowl as written in the pattern. And it feels absolutely delicious! (Can you tell I am in love?)
The colorways are numbered, not named. I will do my best to describe each here:
1. #5004 is a mix of rainbow colors. I see red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet.
2. #5006 is a lovely blend of nature tones, with gray, charcoal, brown, beige and olive green.
3. #5007 is a fiery blend of colors, with a marvelous array of orange and red-orange, rust, turquoise, gold, and violet.
4. #5008 is anothe rwarm colorway. I see gold, red, orange, wine, olive, and green.
5. #5009 is cool colors, A lot of glues, both light and mid-range and deep navy as well, with gray and violet, green and red as well.
6. #5011 is a flower garden with fuchsia and red, rose and green, blue and gray and brown and orange.