Over the years of blogging, people have asked me why I don’t design knitting patterns. It definitely is not for the lack of ideas and inspirations… but I have a hard time moving from that conceptual state to a real, tangible knit. And, there is a lot of math, and swatching, and sizing involved – none of my fortes, as they say. So, I simply enjoy picking and choosing from the incredible and ever-growing canon of knitting patterns in this world.
What if you have an idea for a pattern that doesn’t require math, swatches, and sizing? of course, it is simple. It is easy and customizable… and not really anything new, but an interesting “take” on it, nonetheless. I have joined the “Cowl Craze” that is currently sweeping Flickr and Ravelry, and I offer up my own variation on the theme. Parikha did it, Orinda did it, and Kirsten did it last week!
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Needles: Size US 8 (5.0mm) 16″ circulars
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This cowl was inspired by the varying shades and textures of lichens. Knit simply in the round with added texture of purl rows and color changes, this cowl can be worn with the “right” and “wrong” side out. One side offers the purl bump texture, while the other displays alternating stripes. The cowl can also be worn simply draped over the neck and shoulders, or looped twice for a snug warmer fit around the neck.
The variant green shades – both Cascade 220 from the stash – were not colors that I would normally pair together. The military green (colorway 9429) and the heathery teal (colorway 9451) were both purchased many years ago at my local yarn shop. The pattern uses about 100 yards of each skein, with plenty leftover for another cowl, a hat, or some matching mitts.
I knit this cowl for Project Spectrum’s Earth element (greens!), as well as the Lord Stanley Stashbusting knitalong on Ravelry. This cowl was on the needles through several important Round 1 playoff games. Round 2 starts this week! what else can I make?