This colourful cowl or neck warmer has rapidly become one of my favourites. As an avid knitter, yarn purveyor and knitwear designer, I do of course own a cowl in every colour for every occasion, but this cowl is just a great all-round performer in every category! The size of the cowl is a snug fit around the neck. To make a longer cowl work an extra pattern repeat. (You may need extra yarn).
3 x 50g balls Libby Summers Fine Aran in 660 Sailor's Blue
1 x 50g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 101 Coastal Cream
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 862 Sea Jewel
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 829 Emerald
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran110 Sea Spray
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 890 Sunset Sky
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 760 Coral
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 874 Vintage Green
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 730 Wild Heather
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 108 Applemint
Pair 4.5mm needles
19 stitches and 20 rows to 10cm [4in].
(NB. taken after blocking and sewing up so does not exactly match stated tension)
35cm wide and 60cm diameter
35cm wide and 30cm high
Cast on 173 stitches in 862 Sea Jewel. Working in stocking stitch throughout, repeat Chart pattern across row, starting and ending with the first 3 stitches of the Chart pattern on each row. (When working a purl row, remember to start with stitch no. 3 and work from left to right. When working a knit row, start with stitch no. 1 and work from right to left). Work 4 Chart repeats in all (132 rows). Cast off on RS in 862 Sea Jewel. Use the stranded technique for changing colour on the 3rd and every following 3rd row, taking care not to pull yarn too tight across back of work. Cut yarn after each block of colour and rejoin next time you work that stripe. Don't try and carry yarns up the side of work as there are two many rows between the colour repeats.
Cast on 173 stitches in 660 Sailor's Blue. Working in stocking stitch throughout, work 132 rows. Cast off on RS using 660 Sailor's Blue.
Sew in ends from colourwork. Block each piece separately, or lightly press under a clean damp tea towel. Sew cast on edge to cast off edge for each piece using mattress stitch. Then sew back to front along sides using mattress stitch.
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