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This cowl is a great project for everyone: beginners won’t find it difficult as it only uses 3 basic stitches to create the pattern, and more experienced knitters will like how quickly it knits up (because let’s be honest, sometimes it’s nice to just have a quick project on hand when you don’t want to have to think too hard!). It would also be a good pattern to keep for gift knitting.
The pattern calls for 3 x 50g of DROPS Paris (or equivalent, I’m not going to check up on you!), an aran weight cotton yarn, which makes this cowl cosy yet breathable, and very easy to care for. It is an ideal transition piece for those days which are still cool in the morning yet warmer by midday. If you choose to use the recommended yarn, you’ll find I’ve chosen one which is very reasonably priced and also comes in a fantastic range of colours.
The inspiration for this piece came from the simple geometric shapes in a game I was playing with my children. I wanted to convey the idea of the diamond shapes using only the texture of the knit and purl stitches to make this pattern as accessible as possible. I love how changing light levels brings out a new dimension to this cowl: in bright sunlight the pattern is fairly subtle, but once inside the texture really comes alive and the diamonds begin to sparkle!
This cowl is knitted on 6mm needles, with a gauge of 8 stitches and 10 rows in a 5x5cm (2×2 inches) square in stockinette. The finished piece measures 84cm (33″) long and 25cm (10″) wide.