This is a quick and easy gift idea... it's economical... using less than a skein of yarn... you can control the cost by the yarn you buy to make this ... (or you could make a unique multi-color cowl by using scraps... i love stash-busting!)
This cowl was made with a skein of wool-ease chunky in charcoal.
Loom knit a tube on the yellow knifty knitter loom until the desired length...i would suggest at least 10 -12 inches...it just depends on your preferences... i wanted mine to be long enough to use as a hood.
Use a crochet hook to add a simple ruffle on both ends... the stitch pattern i used: fasten on in one of the spaces between the knit stitches, chain 5, slip stitch into next space, chain 5, slip stitch into the next space... repeat around edge... fasten off & weave in ends.
Certainly you could use whatever ruffle or edging you like... plain or elaborate... you decide!
It's a versatile accessory... here it is "scrunched" around the neck.
In this picture, it is folded in half... with both ruffled ends at the top.
Here is a variation of the above style... ruffled edges down and the top cuffed.
This is the same variation... but upside-down with the ruffles up.
And here it is used as a hood ... perfect for those windy days.
Let's give Mr. FoamHead some applause... he wasnt happy modeling the cowl... but i think he looks soooo nice in it!