Color Dip This
I had so much fun doing the color dipped scarf and was thrilled with how beautifully it turned out, that I decided to modify the pattern and apply it to a cozy delicious cowl! I got the idea from Purl Soho’s Mountain Cowl pattern. On its own with no modifications the Mountain Cowl is glorious, but I was so in love with the color dipped effect I was sure it would be just as beautiful in a neck warmer!
Color Dipped Cowl
Using Gentle Giant and my 17 needles, I embarked on figuring out the fishermen’s rib in the round. Once I got it down (I had to rip it out and start over three times before I figured it out) the cowl ended up being even easier than the scarf and moved at lightning speed. It took me four hours to complete the cowl plus one hour to ice my hands once it was done!
I had intended to give the cowl to my niece as a gift but I cast on too many stitches and the cowl ended up being far too big for a girl who stands 5’4″ tall. When she put it on she looked like she was being attacked by an angry muppet! So I’m keeping the cowl until I find someone tall enough to pull it off, perhaps I’ll keep it for myself. In the pattern below I adjusted the cast on to be 10 stitches less, but you could probably go even 10 stitches less than that if you want the cowl to be less bulky and more tailored.
- 1 skein of contrast color in Gentler Giant or any bulky yarn you love.
- 2 skeins of Main color in Gentle Giant or again any bulky yarn you love.
- Size US 17 circular needles 36"
- 5 ½ stitches = 4 inches in stitch pattern
- Knit 1 (K1)
- Purl 1 (P1)
- Knit 1 below (K1b)
- Purl 1 below (P1b)
- Contrast color (CC)
- Main Color (MC)
- With your contrast color (CC) cast on 70 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
- Foundation Round (right side): *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
- Join Main Color (MC)
- Round 1: With MC *K1b, P1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
- Round 2: With CC *K1, P1b, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
- Repeat these two rounds until you’ve used up all of your CC making sure to end your last round before you’re completely out.
- Continue on in MC until you’re happy with the length making sure to leave enough yarn to cast off.
- Cast off in pattern.
For a good tutorial on knitting below check out this YouTube video. For purling below this YouTube video is great. Trust me, it’s much easier than it sounds and when you’re finished with your project people will never believe it only took you an afternoon to complete!