I love to see Paola’s patterns and photos, she’s such a fun lady and has an amazing sense of style. This particular cowl combines two of my favourite things, modular knitting and mosaic knitting. The colourwork (mosaic) is achieved by using only one colour at a time and slipping some stitches, it’s very easy but has big impact. Modular just means the pieces knitted and joined as you go, working one piece directly from another (no seams).
Unusually for Mary, this cowl is in Aran weight yarn, she’s the Queen of laceweight yarns and has a fabulous selection of shawls, so for her this must have felt like knitting with rope, lol. This is a reversible piece and a very clever construction, it’s also a great one for stash busting as each layer could be a different colour.
I had to include a crochet cowl and this one really caught my eye, all that purple and smooshy stitches. You could have a lot of fun with colour and play with contrast levels too, lots of potential here.
Don’t ask me how to pronounce this, I have no clue, lol. However, as brioche seems to be the new black, then I had to include a brioche cowl in the mix today. The instructions include options for both a long and a short cowl, my personal preference for Winter is the longer, but in Autumn/Fall, I like a shorter cowl, so I guess I’ll have to make both.
I chose this one partly because I love the colours, yes I am a sucker for this olive/mustard combination, but also because it’s a simple knit, worked in the round with plain stocking stitch and some ribbing for interest. It’ll be a good beginner knit and one of those go-to classics you wear every day. Choose a colour to match your winter coat and pair it with a contast colour to add interest. I’m thinking purple and mustard for mine.
Another crochet choice, this would be great to use up those self striping yarns you have no clue what to do with and is quick to work. I love the motif, it’s delicate and pretty without being over the top.
Sometimes you just need a scarf, something relaxing to knit with a simple pattern repeat you can ‘read’ as you knit and that’s easier to remember as you work along. Pretty lace, would work in any weight of yarn, what’s not to love?
Another crochet beauty, couldn’t resist the colour or the beautiful shawl pin in the photo. The designer suggest it’s good to have some experience of cluster sts, but the rest is pretty basic and there are a ton of youtube tutorials available to show you how to work cluster stitches. Give it a go.
I love this cowl by knitting superstar Annie Modesitt, it’s a great way to use that mini-skein set you bought because you love the colours but have no idea what to make with it. Clever use of short rows and slipped stitches make for very simple colour work with a WOW factor.
I couldn’t resist adding this stranded cowl pattern, great for using stash and odd skeins your bought because they were pretty, or soft, or just there. Super warm, worked in the round then joined to make a loop, as long or short ass you like.
This is great for using those odd skeins of Malabrigo Rios (other yarns available) that you can’t figure out what you’re going to make. I have a couple of skeins of Rios in Archangel lined up for this beauty.
That’s it for today, tomorrow is a Sock Spectacular! See you then.