Another new knitting book I got for Christmas this year was Cathy Carron's Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing to Knit. I might have bought this book just for the clever title, but I put it on my wish list because I'm a huge cowl lover. (when hats don't look great on you, cowls are a lovely alternative with the added bonus of being a scarf/headcovering all in one).
But the book has more than cowls. There are patterns for the "Gaiter", "Dickey", "Snood", Balaclava, "Infinity scarf", "Donut", and even a knitted "Necklace" and a clear definition of each in case you don't know the difference!
Almost ALL of the patterns feature a wool or wool/blend yarn with two exceptions:
"Zig and Zag" (which is featured in Classic Elite Yarns, Verde Collection, organic cotton)
And "All that Glitters" (which is featured in Euroflax linen by Louet).
Cathy does note that "most of the designs are for cold-weather wear, but many could be adapted in silk, cotton or linen for warmer climes" and, I would add, for "wool free knitters".
Regrettably she does not provide those wool-free alternatives in this book so, you'll have to figure them out yourself, but there's such flexibility in garments like these that I don't think it will be too hard.
Cathy does provide excellent instructions at the back of the book for those who prefer to knit these patterns on straight needles rather than "in the round".
All in all, a great collection of interesting and easily adaptable patterns that even a wool free knitter can work with.
I've started in on the "Candy Wrapper" Cowl -- more on that tomorrow!