- Knitting pattern for simple cowl using short rows to showcase a gradient or color set
- Diagram of color placement included
- Suitable for advanced beginners
Materials you need at home:
- Approximately 220 m of fingering weight yarn. The sample shown used the following meterage (lightest to darkest) C1 40 m; C2 30 m; C3 35 m; C4 45 m; and C5 70 m. Sample was knit in Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply (merino superwash)
- 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
This quick cowl is knit primarily in the round with short-row shaping. A simple wrap and turn short row works well in garter stitch and there’s no need to pick up the wraps. The pattern is written for a gradient set of five, but can easily be knit in two colors or as many as you’d like! Each section takes a very small amount of yarn, making this cowl a great way to use up your fingering-weight leftovers.
Skills needed: long-tail cast-on, short rows (detailed instructions provided), increasing. This is not a difficult knit, but you will need to take care to keep your place in the instructions!
Finished measurements: 10-25.5 cm tall and 62-84.5 cm in circumference (ranges because of varying circumference and height of piece)
Gauge: 18 stitches to 10 cm in lightly blocked garter stitch
Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.
If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!
I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.