Conchos, Swonchos and Sharfs

You can be sure that knitters will always find infinitely creative ways to put knitted things on their bodies. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m caught knitting and it leads to the inevitable ice breaker, “what are you working on?”, I’m not even sure what to say. 

Sometimes, I don’t even know what to call the thing! Usually, it’s a thing that goes around the neck. Naturally, the neck is the prime location for both exhibiting your handiwork to the world and relishing the luscious feel of soft yarn. Is it a cowl, a cape, a capelet, a shawl, a shawlette, a scarf, a snood, or a poncho?

I recently added a few new words to my vocabulary. Allow me to share them with you!

1. Concho: For the cowl that begins to drape over the shoulders; for when you’re not sure if it’s a cowl or a poncho.

2. Swoncho: For the poncho with a hint of sleeve; is it a sweater or a poncho?

3. Sharf: For the long, skinny shawl that’s basically a scarf; it just happens to be a bit wider in the middle.

May your knitting life be enriched by these silly, curiously useful words.

Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

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