Vertical Stranding and the Hourglass Cowl

Cowls are all the rage these days, the perfect knitwear to make and give (or keep!). They are stylish and keep you warm, and are an awesome palette on which to try new colors, stitches, and techniques. Lorilee Beltman has a fantastic technique and a beautiful project, Vertical Stranding and the Hourglass Cowl.

"Lorilee has developed a brand new way to strand contrasting colors up your work, using Rovaniemi colorwork from Finland as her inspiration. This technique is easy to learn, easy to knit, and opens up endless possibilities for creativity in your own pattern designs and modifications. Create colorwork socks with no stretch or tension problems or add a pop of color and texture to a simple scarf."

Hourglass Cowl by Lorilee Beltman
Hourglass Cowl

You will learn the stitches involved in this technique, as well as how to apply these basic principles to both flat and in-the-round knitting. Lorilee shows you how to use yarn butterflies to keep your different colors organized, and how to "experiment with colors, textures, and patterns to create unique designs." Vertically stranded colorwork is a great learning experience, and the technique itself is eye-opening and a really fun take on colorwork!

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