knitscene Fall 2018: Wendy Cowl

Stranded colorwork: the technique that strikes fear in the heart of many knitters. Whether it’s a classic Fair Isle vest or a Norwegian sweater, stranded knitting is nearly always viewed as an “advanced” technique. A thousand colors to coordinate! Teeny tiny needles! Steeking! Two strands of yarn to juggle! There are just so many things to learn. However, it doesn’t have to be an impossible challenge; just look at some of the patterns in knitscene Fall 2018!

The Wendy Cowl is great introduction to stranded colorwork. With only three colors, you can easily choose a pleasing palette that suits your style. It’s made using worsted-weight yarn, so you can use more reasonably-sized needles. As it’s a cowl, there is obviously no steeking involved; it’s just a simple tube worked in the round! You will need to learn how to manage two strands of yarn at the same time, but there are loads of resources on how to do so; you just have to find the method that works best for you. If you’ve been nervous about trying stranded knitting, give the Wendy Cowl a go.

Tackle your stranded knitting fears with knitscene Fall 2018!


Wendy Cowl

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Juliana Lustenader

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 6″ wide and 26¾ (53¼)” circumference. Cowl shown measures 26¾”.

YARN Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash (100% superwash fine merino wool; 218 yd [199 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #0016 burgundy (A), #0040 pumpkin (B), and #0056 aquamarine (C), 1 (2) ball(s) each.

NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Marker (m); smooth cotton waste yarn; two tapestry needles.

GAUGE 24 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ in charted patt.


Whip up the Wendy Cowl and get fall going!

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