Solid Verses Striped Yarn—1 Cowl 2 Ways or More
How will a pattern look crocheted in a solid-colored yarn verses a striped yarn? No doubt we all ponder that question while flipping through a magazine or shopping for yarn. It can be very challenging to visualize how a striped yarn will pool or play across a project.
The easiest thing to do is to swatch it to see if you like how the pattern looks with a specific yarn. But in Love of Crochet Fall 2017, we’ve done the swatching for you! This issue includes 2 cowl patterns made in 2 different colorways; each in a solid and a striped yarn. In addition, we modified the size of the cowls so you can visualize the design in shorter and longer versions.
We hope you enjoy our little experiment!
First, the Mixed Greens Cowl & Infinity Scarf by designer Jamie Swiatek: These beginner friendly projects are made with a double crochet cross-stitch which creates a beautiful texture that looks fantastic in both striped and solid-colored yarns.
Next, designer Kristin Lynn’s Autumn Star Cowl & Infinity Scarf: The Star stitch, crocheted on the bias, really shines in both a long solid-colored infinity scarf and a short variegated-colored cowl.
3 Ways to Mix It Up
There are several possibilities for pattern modification in the Mixed Greens and Autumn Star Cowls and their Infinity Scarves. You can change the color, the yarn weight, and the size:
1. Color is the easiest change to make and one that will have the biggest impact. Projects with simple pattern repeats make it fun to experiment with color. Try single-colored yarns as well as cakes, ombres, self-striping, and variegated.
2. Yarn weight is the second easiest modification. Use lighter weight yarns to create a dainty scarf with a delicate drape. Or, take the opposite approach with use of a chunky yarn to create a super-warm cowl that makes a bold statement piece.
3. Multiples are the third way to change the look of cowls like these: modifying a pattern to be larger or smaller. If using a thinner yarn than what the materials call for, for instance, you may want to modify to include more stitches so that your scarf isn’t too skinny. Simply stated, multiples is identifying the pattern repeat and stitching it more or less times to create the size you want.
The Mixed Greens Cowl and Infinity Scarf use a multiple of 2. The Autumn Star Cowl and Infinity Scarf are a multiple of 2 stitches + 4. To learn how to calculate multiples, check out my article “Modifying Patterns with Multiples” on page 58 of the Fall 2017 issue of Love of Crochet.
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