Self-striping yarn is increasingly popular with crafters, but many knitters lack the knowledge to work with the yarn effectively. Carol Sulcoski’s latest book, Self-Striping Yarn Studio (Order Here >> B&N, Amazon, IndieBound), begins with a comprehensive technical section that explains how to use and manipulate self-striping yarn, something no previous pattern collection has offered. After reading the accessible instructions and tips, knitters will be inspired to cast on one of 24 new and original designs. Get a taste of what this book has to offer with this free pattern, not included in the book!
Kinterra Cowl by Carol J. Sulcoski
Skill Level: Easy
Approx 81″/206cm long by 6 1⁄2″/16.5cm wide after blocking
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Black Bunny Fibers Stripey Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 3 1⁄2 oz/100g = 450yd/411m); 1 skein color perky rainbow (A)—approx 400yd/366m of self-striping fingering weight yarn
- Kraemer Yarns Rachel (100% superwash merino; 3 1⁄2 oz/100g = 425yd/389m); 1 skein color natural (B)—approx 400yd/366m of solid fingering weight yarn
- Knitting needles: 3.25mm (size 3 U.S.) needles or size to obtain gauge
- Tapestry needle
Approx 28 sts/32 rows = 4″/10cm in Stockinette stitch, before blocking.
Gauge is not essential for this project.
Note: Carry color not in use along edge to avoid breaking yarn.
With yarn A, CO 50 sts. Purl 1 row.
Row 1: With yarn A, k3, yo, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat these 2 rows using yarn A.
Change to yarn B and work these 2 rows twice more.
Repeat these 8 rows until cowl measures 27″/68.5cm and ending with Row 8.
Cont in the same manner, working 6 rows in A and 2 rows in B until cowl measures 54″/137cm.
Cont in same manner, working 2 rows in A and 2 rows in B until cowl measures 81″/206cm.
BO all sts, leaving long tail for seaming.
Weave in all ends except long tail for seaming, and block.
Sew CO edge to BO edge.
Note: If you wish, you can seam the cowl; give the cowl a twist and then seam it for a mobius effect; or leave the cowl unseamed and wear as a scarf—knitter’s choice!
Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books include Sock Yarn Studio (Lark), Lace Yarn Studio (Lark), Knit So Fine (Interweave), and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (Interweave). Carol’s work has also appeared in such magazines as Vogue Knitting, KnitSimple, Interweave Knits, KnitScene, and Noro Magazine. Carol’s hand-dyed yarns can be purchased at blackbunnyfibers.com.