It’s done. The new cowl pattern is complete in all four of its seasonal connotations, and the pattern is HERE.
Not that you’re likely to wear a cowl all year round, but each of the above palettes has been inspired by a season, so that you can for example bring bold summer cheerfulness to your grey Monday in February as you run for the bus in the rain. I’m sure that those joyful pinks and purples will lift your mood as you watch the bus leave your stop when you’re almost there, passing as it does through a puddle and splashing you with diesel-tainted rainwater.
Because ignoring the fact that you’ll now arrive late at work soaked and shivering: at least you’re wearing an unseasonably cheerful cowl! Hurrah!
Of course, if your neck is particularly long, then you may need to knit and wear all four of these cowls at once:-
But allow me please to explain a little behind the thinking for each season, because these are British seasons, and thus given to eccentric whims of their own.
You never know quite what you’re going to get with spring. Might be an disarmingly warm floral riot of pinks and blues and whites, with the fresh green of new foliage.
Or it might comprise a chilly grey washout of floods and gloom – with the occasional frost – but either way, this cowl has you covered.
Ah, summer. The flowers are rich and jewel-like in colour, and the foliage is plentiful – if wilting a bit in the heat.
Or perhaps it’s a rain-sodden summer like the one we’ve just endured, hence the inclusion of flood-like blue.
Of course there are the reds and oranges of falling leaves, and the occasional white-on-green of frosted leaves.
But let’s be realistic: there’s also the struggle to adjust to newly dark-dark-dark evenings. And again there’s grey. A great deal of grey.
I’m quite proud of this one. Stepping out of the door, everything has been darkened in colour by weeks of chronic dampness, so you find yourself surrounded by dull dark browns and sludgy greens.
More grey, I hear you ask? Why, yes. Yes there is. And again there’s the possible blue hues of an unanticipated flood.
Whichever colourway you choose, the cowl is very dense and cosy, knitted in the round and then joined end-to-end into a ring doughnut of yarn. The yarn in question is Stylecraft Highland Heathers DK, and I can vouch for its snuggliness. Each colour palette comprises six shades. (The original that I designed and made for my friend included all 21 shades in the range, but I’m guessing that most people won’t want to buy that many balls of yarn to make a simple cowl.)
It’s not a difficult knit, but you’ll need to be able to:-
- Provisionally cast on (explained in the pattern).
- Knit in the round.
- Knit basic stranded colourwork.
- Refrain from shouting at family members when they interrupt you counting stitches. (This is an especially difficult skill and I can’t promise to be able to teach it to you.)
- Graft via Kitchener Stitch (explained in the pattern).
The pattern is available on my Ravelry page here.
I hope you like it. I hope that if you decide to make one, it keeps you cosy throughout the worst of whatever winter in your part of the world chooses to throw at you.
Until next time, my Fine Fibrous Friends.