Free Pattern: Bulky Thick and Thin Cowl

So I was seduced by this BEAUTIFUL skein of hand spun art yarn, and then I had NO IDEA what to do with it. Sound familiar?

One of the great joys of running the Alberta Yarn Project has been meeting fantastic local hand spinners, and getting to know their yarns; but as a knitter who specializes in intricate colour work and fancy cables, working with quirky hand spun yarn has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m learning to let go of my own design ideas, and to honor the imagination of the hand spinner who created the yarn in the first place. The trick, I’m finding, is to get out of the yarn’s way, to give it space to do its own thing.

I met Alyssa of Morengo.Wool in Calgary this fall, and instantly fell in love with her and her yarns. I came home with a 115g skein of bulky thick and thin Corriedale with a strand of naturally hand dyed cotton string spun around it. I spent weeks pressing it to my face trying to decide what to make of it. After knitting and ripping out a number of ideas that the yarn just wasn’t into, I finally surrendered to a simple cowl.

The Pattern: Bulky Thick and Thin Infinity Cowl

Using two 12mm needles, cast on 12 stitches.
Every row: (k1, p1) 6 times.
Repeat until you reach the end of the skein (leaving a tail long enough to cast off).
Cast off, sew ends together.
Wrap two or three times around neck!

If you’d like to make one for yourself, we have a few skeins of Morengo.Wool for sale in our shop.

And for more info on Alyssa’s yarn and her process, follow her on Facebook or Instagram @morengo.wool