I shared some sweater inspiration the other day, and my selection for my next knitting project, at the same time as buying that yarn I spied some gorgeous yarn in the sale section at Wet Coast Wools that I bought some skeins of to make a cowl. Since then I have been trawling Ravelry for inspiration. I haven’t completely decided which route I’m going to go yet, so I thought I’d share my ideas with you today and see what you think.
First though, the yarn! The yarn I got is Diamond Luxury Collection 50% Mulberry Silk, 50% Merino Wool. This yarn is unbelievably soft, and has such a beautiful sheen to it. They had one skein left of a pale grey colour, and some lovely baby-blue that went with the grey really nicely, so on the suggestion of Glenda at Wet Coast Wools that I might want more than 2 skeins for a cosy cowl, I got two skeins of the blue and the one grey one.
Therefore, I am on the lookout for a design that will let me play with my two colours, ideally in a 2:1 ratio overall so that I can use up all my yarn and make a super warm and cosy cowl. With this in mind, after looking around on Ravelry these are the ideas that I’ve had…
(as always, click through for the patterns on ravelry)
Stripes is an obvious choice, and fairly easy to adjust to my 2:1 requirement if required.
Prisma Loop | Duotone Cowl | Foolproof
Prisma Loop and Duotone are fairly simple striped cowls, and would be an effective but simple option. I particularly like the diagonal stripes of Foolproof, and the varying widths of stripes.
Divergent Series | Thorne | Mirla
Divergent Series and Thorne both have stripes and a slightly more interesting design than just a tubular cowl. Mirla has some nice differing width stripes.
Another option that might make the stripes a little more interesting is to use a different stitch, alternating the rows 1:2, it would still give stripes but in my mind there would be a more interesting edge to the stripes. Before going down this route I would need to swatch up the stitches to see if this would look as interesting as my imagination thinks that it might. Here are some designs that caught my eye…
Big Herringbone Cowl | Drop Stitch Scarf | Chickadee Cowl
Flurries Cowl | Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks
Upwards | Pen & Ink
Another stripe variation is zig-zags, again very easy to adjust to my ratio for a simple but effective look.
Lucky No 7 | Monster Cowl
Maritime Cowl | ZickZack Scarf
Here’s another design along those lines which I really like, the two colours of stripes, each of a different style. and it looks like it would be fairly easy to adjust the number of rows to match my ratio.
I found some other stripe based designs that are a bit more interesting that might also work:
Hurricane Ridge | Montague Street Cowl | Mixed Wave Cowl
The below colourwork designs are interesting; essentially stripes but with some more interesting bits built in. Based on the pattern description, symphony of shells would already work with my yarn ratios, and Slip-Zag looks like it would also work if I stuck with one version of the design (rather than flipping the colours like in the picture).
Symphony of Shells | Slip-Zag
I don’t necessarily need to stick with stripe based colourwork designs, here are some other designs that caught my eye.
Chromaticity Cowl | Full Circle | Snell | Boilermaker
This one particularly caught my eye, I like the idea of different sections of different stitches, which also seems like a good way to adjust the yarn ratio requirements.
Stitch Block Cowl
This also gave me the idea that there are other patterns where I could do chunks in different colours. How about the Hill and Dale cowl with one colour for the ribbing and another for the rest? Or the Challah Infinity Scarf, which includes instructions for knitting it up in all one colour, or in three colours; I could easily use the 3 colour version, with one colour being used twice.
All Along | Hill & Dale Cowl | Challah Infinity Scarf
So, what do you think? What would you do if you were me?