Our latest knitting pattern is cosy cowl designed especially for variegated hand dyed yarn.
This is our first design for our super-chunky Phlump Merino yarn, showcasing our striking shade of the same name.
Tsunami Cowl is a one-skein project worked on 10mm needles, making it a quick and satisfying knit. I am a big fan of cowls for keeping cold winds at bay without ends that become untucked or caught in doors, and this cowl is as cosy as they come.
Both the shade and the garment are inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c. 1829–1833).
Personally, I love working with variegated yarn, I am happy to embrace the serendipitous ‘pooling’ and ‘flashing’ of colour, but I know that’s not for everyone. Many folks find it hard to visualise how a finished object might look, and many beautiful hand-dyed skeins languish unused in stashes as a result.
This design uses the shade’s bold colour changes to emphasise the angular chevron pattern. Every second row is worked straight (without shaping), which breaks up pools of colour.
The basic garter chevron motif is no doubt one you’re familiar with, but the star of the show is clever short row shaping that creates a seamless transition between the straight edge and zigzag, which gives the garment an extra level of finesse. The short row technique and stitch pattern could easily be applied to other projects, like blankets and fingerless mittens.
The Tsunami Cowl pattern is available as a PDF download for 6 USD from Ravelry. We have Phlump Merino yarn in stock in the Tsunami shade and Tsunami Sparkle, but I think it would also look amazing in our ZX colourway. We also have a few pairs of Addi Olivewood 10mm circular needles that we sourced especially for the yarn.
I’ll leave you with a few of the stunning projects from our amazing test knitters.