Friday, January 11, 2013

Ombre cowl - free pattern

I showed you the cowl before, and today I'll share the pattern. Well, not much of a pattern really, but I'll tell you what I did in case you want to make your own. It is a simple cowl, that narrows towards the top to create a snug fit by the neck for extra coziness.

Yarn: 70 gm of laceweight in three colors - 21gm of color A, 28gm of color B and 21gm of color C (I used Malabrigo Silkpaca in Natural, Polar Morn and Pearl Ten) Note: this pattern is designed to use up every last bit of the yarn. If you'd like to have some wiggle room, or you knit more loosely, or use a different yarn, you will need to adjust the amount - just remember you will always need 1/3 more of the middle color than you will of the top and bottom colors (so for every 3 parts of colors A & C, you need 4 parts of color B - e.g. 30gm of A & C and 40gm of B).

Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) round, 16" long

Gauge: 28sts x 33 rounds = 4" in stockinette (the gauge is not critical for this project, but remember to adjust the number of cast-on stitches to get the cowl to the size you need)

Finished size: 10.5" across at the bottom, 9" across at the top, 16.5" tall


With color A held double, cast on 138 stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist; purl 3 rounds, then knit all stitches until the cowl measures 3.3".

Drop one strand of color A and join one strand of color B (no decreases here = 138 stitches). Keep knitting until the piece measures 6.6".

Finish color A, join second strand of color B. Decrease 6 stitches spacing evenly around (i.e. knit every 22nd and 23rd st tog) = 132 sts.  Knit until piece measures 10".

Drop one strand of color B, join one strand of color C. Decrease 6 stitches around (i.e. knit every 21st and 22nd st tog) = 126 sts. Knit until piece measures 13.3".

Drop color B, join second strand of color C. Decrease 6 stitches around (i.e. knit every 20th and 21st st tog) = 120 sts. Knit until cowl measures 16.5".

With color C, purl 3 rounds. Bind off loosely.

Wash, block, weave ends.


This "pattern" can easily be adjusted for any amount of yarn, and any number of color changes. Just remember the porportions of the yarn needed: for every 3gm of the bottom and top colors, you will need 4gm of the "inside" colors.


*Pssst! See other fun free-pattern cowls in this post.

11 comments:

  1. I LOVE this design! Im starting to get back into knitting after years and years of not touching my knitting needles, i will let you know if i ever tackle this pattern :)

    Keep up the amazing work!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like it! I think this is the perfect pattern to start your knitting come-back: simple to knit yet looks more fancy :) Let me know if anything's unclear and I would LOVE to see your finished cowl.

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  2. I like it! Thanks for pattern...

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    1. Glad you like it! Good luck with your project!!

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  3. Can't wait to knit this cowl...Thank you for the pattern!!

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  4. it looks like you used 4 colours here not 3. can you confirm?
    Thanks ;)

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    1. I used 3 different colors, but since the yarn was held double, I was able to mix strands to produce 5 color changes. I started with 2 strands of charcoal, then 1 charcoal + 1 grey, 2 grey, 1 grey + 1 cream, 2 cream. The grey/cream mix is hard to see in the picture, but it's there. Hope that helps.

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  5. I loved knitting this - had enough left to make my granddaughter one just like mommy. She's two, didn't quite understand the cowl at first but she's now in love either it and wants to wear it all the time!

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    1. Ooo! I love the idea of matching cowls! I bet it looks super cute on your granddaughter. But then again, anything looks cute on the little ones... Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Wow i love this design. If i tried this in a herringbone stitch, do you know if that would cause gauge problems? herringbone is a little tighter than stockinette I think, how would I adjust for this? Thanks for any advice you may have. :)

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    1. I think it would be gorgeous in herringbone! But you will need to keep two things in mind: 1. I would skip the decreases because they might disrupt your pattern (unless you don't mind a few "bumps" in the pattern), and 2. do check your gauge: herringbone really is tighter than stockinette so you would need more stitches than in my original pattern, or use larger yarn and needles. Good luck and let me know how it turned out - I would love to see it in herringbone!

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