Pattern of the Week: Flurries Cowl
I love winter accessories that don’t punch me in the face with a gaudy explosion of color. For too long we have seen these projects as gifts worn only during family parties or to get someone to crack a smile. But the Flurries Cowl by Heather Zoppetti in knitscene Winter 2017 is no such project; it is a stunningly sophisticated accessory that is perfect for showing off your winter spirit. You’ll be proud to wear it to all types of parties, and the only smiles it will get are ones of admiration. The cowl features a snowflake motif and flurries pattern to create a balanced cowl that won’t overwhelm an outfit.
The cowl’s classic feel and color palette brought up cherished childhood memories of driving around to see Christmas lights. We would scan the night, faces as close to the cold windows as possible, searching for that soft glow. I had my eyes peeled for the white lights, but my siblings favored the rainbow arrangements. To this day, I still prefer the white or “naked” bulb. I no longer feel an immense sadness when the leaves depart from trees because I know the elegant string lights will replace them.
The cowl features a provisional cast-on, Kitchener stitch, circular grafting, stranded colorwork, and is knit in the round. And don’t fret over a colorwork mistake; Heather Zoppetti walks us through the magic of duplicate stitch on the Flurries Cowl in this issue!
Yarn Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone (80% wool, 20% silk; 285 yd [261 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #SSY000 snow (white; MC), 3 skeins and #SSY004 Reese Creek (blue; CC), 1 skein.
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Marker (m); removable m; waste yarn for provisional CO and to be used as a stitch holder; crochet hook; spare cir needle in same size or smaller than working needle; tapestry needle.
Gauge 27 sts and 29 rnds = 4″ in charted patt.
This cowl begins with a provisional cast-on, and is then worked in the round to form a long tube. The ends are grafted together using Kitchener stitch and the circular grafting method. The charts are worked using the stranded method. Always pick up the background color over the pattern color and pick up the pattern color from under the background color; this will prevent tangling. Keep floats loose. For floats longer than 4 stitches, tack stranded yarn on wrong side of work.
If you are nervous about stranded colorwork, don’t worry: Melissa Leapman teaches us different ways to hold the yarn while working in stranded colorwork! This issue also includes a Hygge-style story featuring luxurious knits for chilly evenings, a colorwork story packed with beautifully sophisticated holiday knits, and a quick and easy section to help inspire your gift giving! To read more about the making of this issue, check out this post from the editor, Hannah Baker.
Want more holiday inspiration? Check out these cozy knits.