The Spunky Eclectic booth was my favorite at the Maine Fiber
Frolic. I fell in love with the Burning Embers colorway,
especially when I opened up the braid and saw the large patches
of color and the way it was brighter at one end and darker at
I decided to split it once lengthwise and begin spinning
at the same end on each bobbin to preserve the
long color changes. The result was a soft, lovely two ply yarn
with colors that blended gently without being too stripey.
I wanted to knit a cowl, but I knew it would have to be different
from the other patterns I’ve seen.
I’ve always liked the idea of a knitted
cowl, but wearing one is another story. The ones that fit snugly
at the neck are difficult to put on without messing up my hair,
but the ones that are easy to put on allow a draft down the back
of my neck or tend to bunch up under my coat. Buttoned neckwarmers
aren’t much better; I never seem to get the button placement
right or a width/length ratio that fits correctly and stays in
place. This easy piece combines elements of both, and can be
worn either buttoned or unbuttoned.
Commercial Yarn Alternative Use
a wool yarn with a recommended gauge
of approx. 18 sts = 4 inches. A yarn
with long color changes would be most like the sample piece,
such as Noro Kureyon. Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 110yd/101m per 50g skein]; 2 skeins
size [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below
-- every knitter's gauge is unique]
24- or 32-inch US #7/4.5mm circular needle
additional US #7/4.5mm circular needle or set of double-point
needles Note: Sample was knit using the Magic Loop technique once circumference
of piece became too small for circular needle. Double-point needles
or two circular needles could be used instead, if preferred.
18 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette st
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Annie Modesitt’s Slip Stitch Edge Note: When working this edging, sts are slipped with
yarn held to front of work. RS Rows: K1, sl 1, k1; work in pattern to last 3 sts, k1, sl 1, k1. WS Rows: Sl 1, k1, sl 1, work in pattern to last 3 stitches, sl 1, k1,
This project may be worked using 2 circular
needles. If you are unfamiliar with this
technique, instructions may be found
A tutorial for the Magic Loop technique
may be found here.
Using circular needle, CO 161 sts. Place marker and
join to begin working in the round, being careful not
Work Rounds 1-21 of Chart A. Chart pattern will be
worked 7 times in each round. When all rounds have
been completed, 112 sts remain.
Work in stockinette st until piece measures 4 inches.
Measure length at points between scallops, where work
is the shortest.
Decrease for Neck:
From this point, piece will be worked
back and forth in rows. Work Annie Modesitt’s
Slip Stitch Edge over first and last 3 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: Work edging, k4, k2tog, [k7, k2tog] 11
times, k1, work edging. 100 sts.
Rows 2 & 4 [WS]: Work edging, p to last 3 sts,
Row 3 [RS]: Work edging, k3, k2tog,
[k6, k2tog] 11 times, k1, work edging. 88 sts.
Row 5 [RS]: Work edging, k2, k2tog,
[k5, k2tog] 11 times, k1, work edging. 76 sts.
Row 6 [WS]: Work edging, p2tog, p
to last 3 sts, work edging. 75 sts.
Work Rows 1-12 of Chart B, maintaining edging over
first and last 3 sts as set. Chart pattern will be
worked 3 times in each row.
BO all sts loosely.
Weave in ends and block lightly. Sew buttons along one edge as
shown. To button cowl, use yarnovers from lace pattern as buttonholes.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Kristy knits, reads, and spins (not
necessarily in that order) in northern Maine. She can be found
on Ravelry as