Free Pattern Friday – Interrupted Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!Interrupted Cowl wrapped blogToday, the Interrupted Cowl in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.

Recently we received a new color in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, our limited edition color 323 Hashi.  I grabbed a hank to swatch with, but of course once I started swatching I realized I needed to make something.  This yarn is just so pretty!

This cowl uses a popular technique for Bamboo Bloom.  It’s the same technique we used a few years ago in our Bloomin’ Hat and Scarf set.  We’ve also seen it in some great independent designs like the STASH Lounge’s Simple Rules Cowl and the lovely cowl from NC yarn shop The Tail Spinner shown at right (great addition of a solid at the edge).  You can find some fabulous one-ball hats, scarves, and cowls using Bamboo Bloom’s unique texture on Ravelry.

The technique?  As you come to the thin parts of the yarn on your left hand needle, knit them.  As you come to the thick parts of the yarn on your left hand needle, purl them.  It sounds very “internet” to say “just one simple trick!” but it’s true.  That one simple trick makes the color really pop.

Jannie with Cowl_blogIt seems to be a technique that many of the creative minds at local yarn shops came up with independently that’s spread like wildfire.  And no wonder – it’s a great easy way to get a lot of pizzazz without a lot of effort.

Here at Universal, this yarn has turned the heads of some of our newer knitters, like graphic designer Jannie.  She learned to purl just so she could make this cowl.  Way to go, Jannie!

We hope you add a little pizzazz to your life this weekend.

Happy knitting!

Interrupted Cowl long blog

 

3 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday – Interrupted Cowl”

  1. Saw this cowl made in store, had to try it because of yarn and how easy it sounded to make. I cast on the 110 stitches directions indicated, but once connected with other end the cowl is not as long as one shown on pattern. Why?

    1. Hm! The cowl in the pattern wasn’t blocked or stretched hard, so I doubt that’s it.
      Gauge is 12 sts x 20 rows = 4” in stockinette over thin portions unblocked – is that about what you’re getting? If not, you may wish to consider going up a needle size.

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