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Planes, Trains & Automobiles + A Giveaway!

My son is obsessed with anything that moves – planes, trains and automobiles especially. I dare you to try to walk through our home and not trip on a matchbox car, step on a train or get your pant leg caught on an airplane wing. That’s how it goes with having a boy around and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

planes1Trying to keep a scarf on a young one can be next to impossible (I knit a scarf for one of my son’s preschool friends a couple of weeks ago and she lost it within 24 hours), so I’ve designed a new cowl for kids that love things that go. Cowls are harder for them to take off and lose and if you use superwash yarn, easy to clean. I stash dove and came up with bright primary colors in one of my favorite yarns to use for kid knitting – Berroco Comfort. Comfort comes in many weights and even more colors, washes up beautifully and has generous yardage for not a lot of money (which keeps this frugal mom happy). I turn to it time and time again when knitting for my son or other little ones.


An easy color work knit (ideal if you’re looking to start small and try a new technique), it incorporates corrugated ribbing, knitting in the round, using charts and basic Fair Isle. My son has been wearing his Planes, Trains & Automobiles Cowl for a week and I constantly get stopped and asked on the playground or at school where we got it! More importantly, he asks to wear it, keeps it on and LOVES that it has all his favorites modes of transportation marching around his neck. Win/win!


Download the Planes, Trains & Automobiles Cowl here.


Now for a chance to win! One lucky reader will win a free copy of the Planes, Trains & Automobiles Cowl by answering this trivia question correctly: What was the first car ever made, where was it made and in what year? One winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday. This contest is open to readers worldwide.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Karen Seman #


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    January 20, 2015
  2. This is absolutely darling. Cutest idea for keeping a little boy warm that I’ve ever seen.

    January 20, 2015
  3. P. Wanner #

    1st self propelled vehicle was a toy car, made by Ferdinand Verbiest, Flemish Jesuit misionary, in 1672 for the Chinese emperor. 1st vehicle for human transport was made by Joseph Cugnot in France, 1769 – made for the Army.

    January 20, 2015
  4. Ellen Mahar #

    Love it. 1886, Germany, Benz Patent Motorwagen

    January 20, 2015
  5. Laura Spradlin #

    1769 the first steam powered auto-mobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot!! (according to Wikipedia!) I love this and will be making it for my grandson! Why didn’t I think of it? So darling!

    January 20, 2015
  6. 1769 the first steam powered auto-mobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot! (according to Wikipedia!) This is completely adorable and I’ll be making one for my grandson. He lives in Texas so Comfort is a perfect yarn choice!

    January 20, 2015
  7. Deborah Graham #

    Benz Patent Motor Car, the first automobile (1885 – 1886) The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Carl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1879.

    January 20, 2015
  8. Jen McCarty #

    Tanis thank you for this opportunity. It was fun reading up on the first autobiles. So I started by looking up the definition of a car. It states a car is a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.

    So I would have to say the first car was invented January 29, 1886, Karl Benz invented the first petrol or gasoline powered auto-mobile (aka a internal combustion engine) the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. This took place in Mannheim, Germany.

    It’s true what they say….You learn something new everyday. It was fun.

    January 20, 2015
  9. elaine #

    In Germany on January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent number was 37435. July 1886 newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1. (Per That was the first practical automobile.
    Your new cowl design is super! Thanks for the yarn suggestion.

    January 20, 2015
  10. Benz Patent Motorwagon, Germany, 1886

    January 20, 2015
  11. Benz Patent Motorwagon, Germany, 1886.

    (Hopefully this won’t post twice. My phone sometimes does weird things with blog post comments.)

    January 20, 2015
  12. Dawn K #

    First gas powered was made by Benz Patent Motorwagen in Germany. The year was 1886.

    January 20, 2015
  13. Gabryelle #

    Benz-Patent Motorwagen, Germany, 1886! (:

    January 20, 2015
  14. Kate M #

    This is so cute. I have a little boy too and he loves anything with wheels or that moves. This would be perfect for him! From what I can find it looks like the 1st vehicle for human transport was made by Joseph Cugnot in France, 1769. Thanks for the chance to win!

    January 20, 2015
  15. jahknot #

    LOVE the cowl!!!!!
    The first motor wagon-vehicle– Karl Benz, Germany; I think.

    January 21, 2015
  16. phpdwp #

    Germany – 1886 – Benz Patent Motorwagon

    January 21, 2015

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