With summer winding down (how is that already possible!), quick knits are the small achievements we crave. Between the hustle and bustle of getting in that last minute trip or getting the kids back to school, these cowls can offer a retreat and a small win to get you through the summer.

Belmina by Melanie Rice

This simple cowl is inspired by a lace pattern from 1891 but given a modern update to make it an accessory you love to wear. Knit flat as a triangle and seamed together, this is a quick project that showcases color texture beautifully. Belmina calls for 220-300 yards of sport weight yarn.

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Mary Annarella

This seamless, circular cowl is knit mostly flat with mitered triangles for an exciting knit. Video tutorials are available as you knit along with fingering weight yarn with a lace weight mohair worked in intermittently. Grab a brightly colored yarn, with complimentary mohair, to let the texture and pattern of the cowl pop.

Belle Cowl by Kelene Kinnersly

Show off a lightly speckled skein of yarn with this simple yet headturning cowl. Worked flat and seamed together, this cowl features raised stripes on a bias to compliment the random speckles with strategic texture. Use 380-yards of fingering weight yarn to add this cowl to your wardrobe.

Baby I’m Cowlin’ For You by Kalyss Soucy

This cowl is knit flat with two colors to be fun and functional. Use fingering weight yarn to knit a triangle shape flat, with stripes, slip stitch detail, and then seam it together to form a cowl. You’ll need about 220 yards of each color of yarn.