Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mellow Yellow Cowl

Mellow Yellow Cowl

This is a pattern I designed for my mother, who wanted something simple enough to work effortlessly while watching plot-heavy television, but also two-color with at least a bit of interest value. So while this is a simple design, it also has a certain amount of textured charm, which you can see even more clearly in the swatch I knit up with contrasting colors. It's also extremely versatile, and could be knit with larger yarns or needles, or even a saucy novelty yarn alongside a plainer one.

A swatch with two more distinct colors.
The knit/purl design breaks up the two-row stripes for
a bit of interest.
Yarn: Bristol Yarn Gallery Somerset (85% Pima Cotton, 15% Silk; 115 yards [105 meters]/50 grams); #103 Yellow (color A) - one skein & Plymouth Yarn Sweet Caroline (100% Cotton; 76 yards [69 meters]/50 grams); #32 Pale Yellow (color B) - one skein

Needles: One 24" circular needle in size 7

Notions: Tapestry needle, three stitch markers or scraps of yarn to mark stitches

My two yarns, to give you perspective
on how similar they are.
Gauge: 18 - 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette (my two yarns are slightly different gauges, and I'm not at all worried about it)

So let's get started! First, using color A, cast on 120 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then, knit 6 rows in a k1, p1 ribbing. And once that's done, let's move on to the pattern, which goes as follows:

Rows 1 & 2: using color B, * k2, p2; rep from *

Rows 3 & 4: using color A, * p2, k2 *

Knit rows 1 - 4 nine times, or until you're a ribbing away from desired length. Knit 6 more rows in a k1, p1 ribbing and bind off loosely in pattern. Tuck in ends.

The pattern, in closely-matching colors.


  1. This cowl is really pretty and great for spring days or evenings! I like it very much!

  2. It's simple, but it's pretty! And a nice weight for spring...

  3. I really really like this!!! Am printing off the pattern. Love the "style" of it....

    Linda in VA

    1. Glad to hear it! And I'm so glad I added the printing function to my posts...

  4. I also wanted to say thank you for your generosity in giving us these lovely patterns!!

    Linda in VA