The Garden Cowl is a big, bold, colorful cowl featuring abstract diamonds, an original colorwork flower, stripes, and colorblocking. Using positive/negative space, each side of the fabric is the reverse of the other. The cowl is knit as a tube in the round and sewn together at the end. It is long enough to wrap around twice in really cold weather. This can be a great stash-buster; approximately 75 yards each is all that is needed for four of the six colors, along with a few skeins each of the background color and the flower/colorblock color. You can also make this in just two colors (see bottom of page).
Skills Needed: Stranded knitting, colorwork chart reading, mattress stitch.
Size: Circumference: 60 in [152.4 cm]; Height: 7.5 in [19 cm].
Yarn – 6 Colors (Contrasting Colors listed in order added):
Main Color (MC): 3 skeins Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes (Worsted, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 220 yds/100g) in Bare. If substituting yarn, 450 yds [415 m] worsted weight yarn.
Contrasting Color 1 (CC1): 1 skein Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted (Worsted, 100% Merino, 560 yds/226g) in Crabby Apple Green. If substituting yarn, 75 yds [70 m] worsted weight yarn.
Contrasting Color 2 (CC2): 1 skein Bad Sheep Yarn Worsted weight yarn (Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yds/100g) in Grape Harvest. If substituting yarn, 75 yds [70 m] worsted weight yarn.
Contrasting Color 3 (CC3): 1 skein Malabrigo Rios (Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino, 210 yds/100g) in Teal Feather. If substituting yarn, 75 yds [70 m] worsted weight yarn.
Contrasting Color 4 – Flower and Colorblock Color (CC4): 2 skeins Anzula For Better or Worsted (Worsted, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 200 yds/114g) in Garden. If substituting yarn, 300 yds [275 m] worsted weight yarn.
Contrasting Color 5 (CC5): 1 skein (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (Worsted, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 110 yds/50g) in Celestial. If substituting yarn, 75 yds [70 m] worsted weight yarn.
US size 6 [4 mm] 16 in. [40 cm] circular needle for colorwork.
US size 4 [3.5 mm] 16 in. [40 cm] circular needle for stockinette color block and stripes.
Gauge: 25.5 sts and 26 Rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in colorwork pattern on larger needles and in stockinette st on smaller needles. You may need to experiment to find the needle sizes that produce the same gauge for both stitches.
Other Materials: Beginning-of-round marker, 10 stitch markers, tapestry needle.
If making the two-color cowl, yarn requirements:
Main Color (MC): 2 skeins Erika Knight British Blue 100 (DK, 100% Bluefaced Leicester, 241 yds/100 g) in Clarissa.
Contrasting Color (CC) (Use in place of CC1-CC5): 3 skeins Malabrigo Rios (Worsted, 100% Merino, 210 yds/100 grams) in Liquidambar.