It may seem odd, but did you know that spring is the perfect time of year for scarves, shawls and neck-warming devices of all kinds? They add just enough warmth to a light spring jacket that you can stand to wait at the chilly bus stop in the morning. And, when it warms up in the afternoon, you can just shove your scarf into your bag for the commute home.
But the question remains, what kind of neck-warming device is right for you?
Perhaps a scarf is best for you? Scarves are… scarves. I don’t think I really have to define them. Long, skinny, warm. They are usually worked in thicker yarn and a denser stitch pattern than stoles or shawls
Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood
Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Shawls, on the other hand, tend to be lacy or light in some way. They are knit into interesting shapes, most traditional shawls are triangles or half-circles (although you can find shawls in almost any shape).
Haruni by Emily Ross
Citron by Hilary Smith Callis
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
When a shawl and a scarf get mixed together, you can end up with a stole. Stoles aren’t as common as the other two, but they are still totally gorgeous and practical. They are essentially just a super-wide scarf (upwards of 12 inches across), but they’re usually very delicate and fancy, often knit with lace and beads. A stole is the perfect choice to be worn with a fancy ball gown or to a wedding.
Seascape Stole by Kieran Foley
As fancy as a stole is, a cowl is completely functional. It’s a tube of fabric that you slip over your head. Imagine it as a scarf without ends to tuck into your collar, or a turtleneck without the sweater. Super comfy cozy, and perfect for those times you don’t want to mess with getting the ends of your scarf tangled.
Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho