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Trends: Oversize Cowls

Nov 4, 2008

by Alison Feldmann

Oversize is everywhere these days. Big bags, avant garde capes and ponchos, tunics as shirts: bigger is better! Nowhere is this more evident than the oversized cowl trend. This winter accessory is best worn in chunky knits that tend to be on the larger side. Make a statement this winter with an oversize warmer! Your neck will thank you.

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  • MyissaG

    MyissaG said 9 years ago

    Love the El Grande Cowl :)

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 9 years ago

    wow, looks very warm!

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol said 9 years ago

    Love them biiig! :))

  • strikk

    strikk said 9 years ago

    all fabulous - each a cowl, yet each so unique.

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 9 years ago

    Love cowls and I am anxiously awaiting mine from Abby Clark!! :)

  • raegunfabric

    raegunfabric said 9 years ago

    ahhh I love them. some times I wish I could just carry a big cozy blanket around, I think these preserve the goodness of that without sacrificing fashion or looking like I need some special help

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 9 years ago

    very chic and stylish choices! They look so cozy, perfect for a chilly office

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits said 9 years ago

    Awww, thanks for including the Incognito :) I will be wearing one myself this winter!

  • MyNovember

    MyNovember said 9 years ago

    More proof that size does matter. You gotta love the giant cowl.

  • Hatdiva

    Hatdiva said 9 years ago

    Leave it to TeenAngster to find a cool trend. You've been snooping around my workroom, huh? I haven't listed any of my fattie neck scarves (yet). As I am juggling the shop & upcoming craft shows! My new neck cozies are felted and crocheted...thanks for the showcase on the trend ;) Love, love, love the mosaic. Good to know I was headed in the "right" direction design wise!

  • boutiquepinkdesigns

    boutiquepinkdesigns said 9 years ago

    Those are awesome! I hope to add some to my shop soon!

  • moop

    moop said 9 years ago

    oh, i love the Yokoo Warmer. Everyone should have one...they are perfect!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

    These are beautiful espacialy the super toatsy cowl! But the best thing ever was last week when they spotlighted the shops that made cowls for kittens, and it was modeled by a hairless cat. AMAZING!!! I am a firm believer that hairless cats will one day rule the world if they can just figure out how not to nap so much.

  • replicca

    replicca said 9 years ago

    don't forget - i just bought one of hers and she's super fabulous and from my town!!!

  • wingnyc

    wingnyc said 9 years ago

    wow, these are all gorgeous and really inspiring. and just a little shameless self-promotion, you can find many similar items in my shop too! :)

  • sarahinflorida

    sarahinflorida said 9 years ago

    in my other store too

  • lolos

    lolos said 9 years ago

    Wow!!! Just love it!! Great Scarves.... :-)

  • theVINTAGEdress

    theVINTAGEdress said 9 years ago people REALLY wear these???...don't get me wrong, they are AWESOME!...i guess being from SUNNY FLORIDA makes it almost impossible for me to imagine wearing one. :o)

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 9 years ago

    YES, people really wear these! it's very cold in other parts of the country! :)

  • Urbanknit

    Urbanknit said 9 years ago

    hey cool! thanks for including my ginger cowl in this funky mix!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 9 years ago

    I love that I feel like I could fit me and three friends in these cowls. lol. Love 'em.

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 9 years ago

    I have always love oversized clothing which has gone in and out of style over the decades. The oversized cowls are a real favorite of mine.

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 9 years ago

    ooooo... very warm and cozy! Check out she has some faboo neckworms!

  • greenporchlights

    greenporchlights said 9 years ago

    Love this look, but I'm not sure I could really pull it off.

  • MiaRae

    MiaRae said 9 years ago

    WOoo WO the neck worm, it's the cozy thang to do!!

  • serpilerol

    serpilerol said 9 years ago

    It's very exciting to see new approaches to knitwear thus making it very popular again...I need to say though that I just love Yokoo's work, she brings out the cool in knitwear!

  • goforthadornments

    goforthadornments said 9 years ago

    I love the huge buttons and the beautiful texture and color of the knit!

  • UniTiger

    UniTiger said 9 years ago

    these are so great!

  • rosetung

    rosetung said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much TeenAngster! Means more than you to get some help with shop promotion. Much obliged, xo, j

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 9 years ago

    LOVE them ALL! So glad to see cowls coming back ('though I rarely get to wear them in Alabama).


    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 9 years ago

    congrats to all the featured artists! great to see the knits as trends :-)

  • kristensteinfineart

    kristensteinfineart said 9 years ago

    Yay! Congrats to all the featured artists and especially to FDL's own HappiKnits. (Just got my HK in the mail yesterday and can't wait to wear it!) Beautiful collection. I have many favorites among them!

  • capitolagirl

    capitolagirl said 9 years ago

    Great collection! Congrats to everyone on the list and a special word of congrats to FDL street team member HappiKnits!

  • thirdfloor

    thirdfloor said 9 years ago

    All gorgeous!!! I own a Happiknits cowl and love it! Perfect for the upcoming cold season.

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 9 years ago

    Cowls are the bomb! I'm currently torturing my boyfriend by making him wear both the boy and girly cowls/knits that I'm making on my site. At least he looks mildly amused! Love that they did a Storque article on this wonderful trend!

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 9 years ago

    There aren't any pix up there with Man Cowl's so here you go, cute boy in a cowl:

  • mylittleaura

    mylittleaura said 9 years ago

    everything look so cozy!!!

  • emilybetti

    emilybetti said 9 years ago

    Those are so cool! I want one.... My fave would have to be the mighty light. That needs to go on my Christmas list.

  • villavillakula

    villavillakula said 9 years ago

    I love all of these. I think its time to put my long scarf to rest and get a cowl. Funny story I bought one for my father and I forgot he barely has a neck so it was more like a face warmer but I guess I didnt have the heart to tell him he looked so silly. lol

  • delightworthyn

    delightworthyn said 9 years ago

    This is a nice feature article.Congrats Happiknits,GO FDL TEAM!!!

  • rosetung

    rosetung said 9 years ago

    ergh. hope its obvious that i mean to say "means more than you KNOW" in previous comment. bleh i'm dummy typer.

  • Ameera

    Ameera said 9 years ago

    I LOVE these gorgeous cowls!!!! Nothing like one to warm you up on a cold day!!

  • yourcreativeoutlet

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  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 9 years ago

    What a great collection! I'm so happy to see so many of my colleagues' and friends' wonderful work highlighted.

  • makepienotwar

    makepienotwar said 9 years ago

    check out seller: numberdos --- great oversized cowl with nautical components...

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 9 years ago

    Love those cowls. I have been meaning to get one for winter! Thanks for reminding me!

  • CharteChic

    CharteChic said 9 years ago

    Big Cowls Rock...and so does Etsy...Thanks for making my 1st Year so Awesome, what a wonderful community!!

  • HappyTrees

    HappyTrees said 9 years ago

    I'm a fan of the big're warm and you get to look mysterious!

  • quarks

    quarks said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous Finds!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 9 years ago

    Can't say I'm a fan of the cowl, but I love large buttons.

  • MadEarth

    MadEarth said 9 years ago

    I must admit, the cowl is fairly new to me - but I do love to look through items that show this much spunk and personality!!

  • francescamurray

    francescamurray said 9 years ago

    that green one is LUSH! x

  • pancakeandlulu

    pancakeandlulu said 9 years ago

    These are beautiful!! I LOVE this yarny look!

  • GothBarbie

    GothBarbie said 9 years ago

    Yum! Warm things to wrap yourself in! They all look great! Its kind of like taking your blankie with you everywhere you go!

  • deeHAYmer

    deeHAYmer said 9 years ago

    These are so wonderful! I LOVE the scale!

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 9 years ago


  • miscusi

    miscusi said 9 years ago

    I love knitting cowls!! All of mine are one of a kind, handknit from recycled yarns. Great mix of cowls!

  • Nelsonmelle

    Nelsonmelle said 9 years ago

    Golly, that's even better than those huge Reese Peanut Butter cups! Bigger is better. ;)

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 9 years ago

    Wonderful pics, I love them big too :D

  • chichimoi

    chichimoi said 9 years ago

    Love them all, great colours too.

  • emilyaugust

    emilyaugust said 9 years ago

    This post was really effective in making me want to wrap myself in big knits. Great designs! Warmth abounds on etsy.

  • Kimmi

    Kimmi said 9 years ago

    Love this look! Love the diversity of the looks too....

  • garconniere

    garconniere said 9 years ago

    they are wonderful, the snow is late this year but i am looking forward to keeping warm in one of these gorgeous cowls!

  • aslibinal

    aslibinal said 9 years ago

    Those needles must be really thick, anyone have any idea how thick?

  • forqueenvictoria

    forqueenvictoria said 9 years ago

    Yay! What a cool post! Thanks for featuring my neckwarmer :)

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 9 years ago

    That must be very thick yarn. great idea. Almost similar to my black hat and neck warmers like the one in my avatar.

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain said 9 years ago

    love these!

  • megach

    megach said 8 years ago

    they look so pretty and so WARM especially on the cold winter days here in chicago!

  • dluxedesigns

    dluxedesigns said 8 years ago

    these are so sharp. i own several.

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography said 8 years ago

    wow those are big. But they look nice and snuggy!

  • yosemitevintage

    yosemitevintage said 8 years ago

    They can really make an outfit, huh? Love them all. So many talented people on Etsy.

  • learntoknit

    learntoknit said 8 years ago

    Those are fantastic! I hope to get some in my store soon!

  • sarahmariewest

    Sarah Marie West from sarahmariewest said 3 years ago

    I love the color of SprattersandJayne's cowl! So chic!

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