It’s not always possible to be with the ones we love on Valentine’s Day, but you can still show them that you care by sending them a big cozy hug. In cowl form. We rounded up 4 snug and cozy cowls that hug the neck in the most loving way.

Basketry Cowl by Lavanya Patricella

Another brioche wonder from Lavanya Patricella has arrived on Ravelry and this time it combines two colors in a basket weave stitch pattern. A modern approach to a classic design, Basketry Cowl has a marled component, too. The designer holds a fingering weight yarn with a lace weight mohair to create a slightly fuzzy, super cozy cowl. Choose to knit the small cowl size or the longer infinity size. Either way it’s sure to become a favorite.

Basketry calls for 740-800 yards of fingering weight yarn. The designer held Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Mighty Mo and Foxy Lady held double.

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Sandy Dunes Cowl by Lilybet Designs

It’s easy to fall in love with an accessory that can go with anything, and the Sandy Dunes Cowl is one of those accessories. The simple, textural shawl is an intuitive, easy-to-knit loop that lets the yarn take center stage. Knit it with a semitonal neutral for an understated statement or use a bright hue for a pop of color. Either way, this everyday accessory will be a constant reminder of the one who made it.

This cowl is knit with 463 yards of fingering weight yarn. The designer’s sample is knit with Victoria House Fibers’ Superwash Merino.

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Athenaeum by Meaghan Schmaltz

Show some love to the book lover in your life by knitting a cowl inspired by the very thing they love: books. Anthenaeum is a new cowl from designer Meaghan Schmaltz, which marries merino and mohair with knits and purls to create a ribbed pattern that resembles books on a shelf. Knit flay and seemed into a loop, this marled cowl will become a favorite accessory on a trip to the library or museum. After all, Athenaeum is a name used in titles of books about literature, science, and art.

The cowl calls for 455-463 yards of fingering weight yarn, which the designer sourced from Murray & Co. Wool Goods.

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Cowl + Snood by Paula Herbert

They say the best gifts come in the smallest boxes, so does that mean the same is true of the best knits are made with the simplest of stitches? Cowl + Snood is a garter stitch cowl that shows off yarn beautifully. Simple and oversized, its long silhouette and blousy neckline lend all over warmth when worn as a cowl. Though, it can easily be pulled over the head like a hood to protect ears and face from the cold, too.

This cowl calls for 500-520 yards of DK weight yarn.

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