Once upon a time I dreamt of twisting yarn. I wasn’t sure what that meant or how that applied to anything, but for a few weeks I was obsessed with this motion of knitting something then twisting it to change it. Somehow some late night sleeplessness evolved that idea into the super easy braid for this cowl. The body of this pattern stemmed from loving this cowl I made for my son last year but wanting to find a way to make the ridges knit side out not purl.
My obsession with designing this one has moved on to an obsession with knitting them. I am currently working on my fourth one and I keep dreaming of ways to tweak it to make new versions. I also love that it gives me an excuse to keep dyeing yarn. One of my wonderful test knitters pointed me towards this tutorial for dyeing gradient yarn and I am utterly hooked. Even if you haven’t dyed yarn before, this type of dyeing is so easy and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Any yarn weight will do with this cowl! You decide the sizing as you go so you don’t even need to swatch. Really! The stripes come from using yarns with long repeats. Samples are shown in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball (mustard/gray), Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (black/gray/cream) and hand dyed Worsted (yellow/green/blue).
Yarn: Any! This cowl works best when worked in a yarn with long color repeats.
Yardage: Samples used 230yds for fingering weight and 140yds for worsted
Gauge: None, really! Worked measure-as-you-go