Pattern of the Week: Flat White Cowl
The flat white is my jam at the coffeehouse. That creamy, rich, delicious drink; I crave it. Mine isn’t as creamy as it could be, because I get a non-fat version, but even still, it’s amazing. There’s an ode to this dreamy drink in Coffeehouse Knits, our new book that’s all about knitting and coffee—you had me at knitting (and then again at coffee).
The Flat White Cowl, by Andrea Rangel, is a striking stranded colorwork project that’s particularly perfect for beginning colorwork knitters, but intermediate and advanced knitters will love working this easy pattern, too.
Color dominance plays a part in making the colorwork design stand out as it should; Andrea wants the contrast color to be dominant in this cowl, so that it shows up a little more than the background color in the color section. Flat White is a great project for learning how color dominance (sometimes called yarn dominance) works. It’s a pretty important technique in stranded colorwork, so add it to your skills toolbox!
Andrea incorporated purl ridges between the ribbing and colorwork sections, which is a great design feature, but it also creates a natural turning row for an alternate way of styling the cowl. Just turn one or both ribbing sections to the inside of the cowl for a shorter cowl or to emphasize the colorwork.
The Flat White Cowl is a quick, bold project that is destined to become your go-to accessory.
FINISHED SIZE About 18″ (45.5 cm) circumference, and 9¼” (23.5 cm) high.
YARN Worsted weight (#4 medium). Shown here: YOTH Father (100% Rambouillet wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): cider (MC), 1 skein; hazelnut (CC), 1 skein.
NEEDLES Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 20 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in Radius patt after blocking.
The Flat White Cowl will forever remind me of my favorite drink. Check out Coffeehouse Knits for projects that evoke your favorite coffeehouse treat!