A cosy cowl in a striking stranded design inspired by Scandinavian mountain landscapes
The pattern uses 12 semi-solid or gently variegated shades, and draws influence from a variety of colourwork traditions.
Suitable for knitters comfortable working in-the-round, following charts and simple stranded colourwork/Fair Isle techniques. The stranded rows are two-colour, with floats spanning no more than seven stitches.
Instructions for bobbles, cable cast-on and our tips for stranded colourwork are given in the pattern. All colourwork is charted.
Any 4 ply/sock/fingering weight yarn with a smooth texture and springy quality. If using a mixture of different yarns then match texture and use similar fibre blends.
To build your own kit, we recommend RiverKnits Bluefaced Leicester 4 Ply minis, available in over 70 hand dyed semisolid colourways. Becci at RiverKnits is happy to offer advice about choosing colours for this pattern.
Our sample is show in one-off shades produced for our 12 Days of Yarn-mas kit. This list is a guide to help you choose your own set of solid, semi-solid or lightly variegated colourways.
C3-C6 should transition smoothly from light to dark. C7-C12 should form a harmonious colour fade.
Finished blocked measurements:
Width (flat): 32cm/12½ inches
31 stitches and 35 rows over 10cm/4 inches in stranded colourwork, after gentle blocking.
A knitter’s tension for stranded colourwork can be tighter than regular stocking/stockinette stitch and can change considerably when blocked. We recommend knitting, washing and blocking a swatch in pattern to check tension. As this is not a fitted garment it is not necessary to match the exact tension, but if your stitch tension is more than 2 stitches tighter or looser than that specified we recommend changing needle size.