This winter I’ve been completely obsessed with cowls of all sizes. I love that there are no ends to flail around when I am running errands and going in and out of stores. If it’s cold out and I have the cowl wrapped twice around my neck, I can pull it up to protect my face and ears from winter winds. Indoors, I can one-handedly undo a wrap and let the cowl hang open around my neck.
For this cowl, I wanted something larger and versatile that I could wear, come spring, pulled down over the shoulders of my demin jacket. For yarn, I knew that CEY Princess would be perfectit’s soft, yet durable enough to stand up to pulling and twisting without breaking or pilling.
I took a look at the colors in Princess but couldn’t pick just one. So I decided to knit a striped cowl using three colors. I was drawn to the three new colors for Fall ’08 grouped together on the color cardthree shades of a vintage rose color. Because I didn’t want the cowl to be too pink, I switched out one of the colors for a neutralcharcoal. I took a ball of each of the 3 rose colors and the charcoal and lined them up in different combinations until I found one that I liked best. Although Charcoal and Cotes du Rhone, the two darkest colors in the cowl, are similar in value, the transition between the two colors is distinct because the gray is heathered and the dark maroon is solid. And the light heathery flecks in the charcoal make the transition to the light pink not such a contrast.
To shape the cowl, I added a little ribbing along the edges to keep them flat and pulled-in a bit, and I added larger ribbing in the center stripe for textural interest and a little more shaping. The result is the Princess Striped Warmer.
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Princess 40% merino, 28% viscose, 10% cashmere, 15% nylon, 7% angora
Princess was the perfect choice for knitting an accessory that I planned on wearing daily. Princess’s merino, angora, and, cashmere content allow it to knit up into a soft, warm, and lightweight fabric. The added viscose and nylon make it sturdy.
The many vibrant colors in the Princess palette make it difficult to pick just one, so I used three!
When knitting a stripe pattern in the round, a visible step or “jog” between the stripes shows up at the beginning of a new round where you change colors. Here are a couple methods to help avoid the jog and keep your stripes nice and even.
Learn how to avoid a "jog" in circular stripes.
Here is the free downloadable Princess Striped Warmer pattern.
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