The Equilibrium Cowl: My New Spring Uniform (Yours, Too?)

I just seamed and wove in the last end on my Equilibrium Cowl, also known as the cowl my coworkers are about to get really sick of seeing. I have a slightly obsessive personality; when I find something that works for me, I really go for it. This extends to restaurants, crafts (for example, I made upwards of fifteen crochet mandalas in 2017), video games, music (just ask my mom about my high school Phantom of the Opera obsession), and my sartorial choices.

The Equilibrium Cowl checks all my boxes and it’s going to see a lot of use this spring. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way if you knit your own! Luckily, this cowl is two-sided so you can wear it twice as often, and no one will notice . . . right?

You can see both stranded colorwork patterns at once in the two-sided Equilibrium Cowl.

Here are the three main reasons you’ll keep coming back to the Equilibrium Cowl all season long.

Quadruple-Thick Fabric: Insulates Against Spring Gusts

You probably already know that stranded knitting is one of a knitter’s best tools for knitting warmer fabric. The Equilibrium Cowl is two layers of stranded fabric, so it has nearly quadruple the thickness of plain stockinette.

This is critical for springtime weather here at Interweave headquarters in Colorado; spring weather is only predicable in its unpredictability around here, and layers are a must. We’re particularly prone to nasty, driving spring winds, and there’s nothing like a nice, thick cowl to keep gusts at bay.

Neutral Colorway: Perfect for Pairing with Spring Pastels

I’m not wild about pastels, but they appeal to me a lot more when paired with neutrals—especially black and white. Mixing your new Equilibrium Cowl into your spring wardrobe will make the whole mix look a little less “Easter egg” and a little more fresh, modern, and fun.

The Equilibrium Cowl is a gorgeous black and white colorwork kit that looks great with pastel colors

Just look at how cute the cowl looks with these pretty pastel flowers!

Chevrons and Herringbone: What Pattern-Mixing Dreams are Made Of

Mixing patterns is one of the most fun ways to create a more adventurous look, but it’s also one of the most intimidating. The Equilibrium Cowl is your friend in your pattern-mixing efforts. One of the main rules of pattern mixing is to mix up the scales of the patterns your working with. The cowl has a smaller-scale pattern on one side and a larger-scale pattern on the other, so it’s ready to combine with prints of any size from your wardrobe.

The Equilibrium Cowl is perfect for pattern-mixing!

So much pattern mixing! Bonus points if you can style the cowl to show off both patterns at once.

Added bonus: the two patterns are also really different for you as a knitter, so you won’t get bored as you knit the long tube that will eventually fold over to become your cowl. It really is a pleasure to knit!

Now that I’m back on the colorwork bandwagon, I think I’ll stick around here for a while. I already miss having those dramatic black and white motifs on my needles! In fact, my next project is the Ibex Valley Mittens from Interweave Knits, Winter 2018. That kit is also black and white, also uses stranded colorwork, and also results in double-thick fabric. I wasn’t kidding about this tendency of mine to stay in the lane that’s working for me.

The Ibex Valley Mittens are a gorgeous stranded colorwork project in a dramatic black and white colorway.

I really do have a problem breaking out of ruts. But with projects as fabulous as these, I’m not motivated to try all that hard to do so.

Are you like me? Do you tend to linger with one technique, colorway, or fiber type while you play with the possibilities? Or do you like to mix things up every time? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Yours in Stitches,

Cast On Your New Spring Uniform!