Double Rainbow Cowl by Christy Furlan

Double Rainbow Cowl

January 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
325 - 355 yards (297 - 325 m)
One size, as shown in sample (Shorter cowl option also provided)
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On the last day of our Disney World honeymoon, my husband and I hopped on the monorail at the Magic Kingdom and looked out the window to see a beautiful double rainbow. I snapped a picture of it and it has quickly become of one my favorite photos from the honeymoon - it’s such a happy memory! That happiness inspired me to design this colorful cowl made out of cozy, squishy garter stitch knit on the bias with prismatic rainbow stripes. The garter stitch basis makes this cowl excellent TV knitting, while the twisted slip stitch pattern in the rainbow stripes provides a way to show off that one skein (or even leftovers!) of wildly variegated yarn that you had to have but is now languishing in your stash. The cowl is knit flat to get that fun diagonal slant and then seamed together using Kitchener stitch. The length allows you to either wear the cowl down or to comfortably wrap it twice around your neck. Either style knit in yarn that brings to mind a happy memory of your own will give you a pop of warm color to brighten the gloomy days of winter.

Techniques Used with Tutorials Provided:
Provisional Cast-on
Knitting on the Bias
Slip Stitch Edges (also known as Selvedge)
Twist Cables without a cable needle (optional)
Garter Kitchener Stitch

Yarn Used:
Malabrigo Yarn Rios
(Worsted / 10 ply; 100% superwash merino wool; 210 yd/192 m per 100 g skein)

Main Color: Reflecting Pool; 2 skeins
Contrast Color: Arco Iris; 1 skein

US 8 / UK 6 / 5.0 mm needles for working flat – straight or short circular as you prefer

Length of contrasting color waste yarn for provisional cast on, Size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook, cable needle (optional – short tutorial for cabling without a cable needle provided), needle stopper, yarn needle

Yardage Estimates from Sample:
Main Color: 252 yd (230.5 m), 120 g
Contrast Color: 70 yd (64 m), 33 g

Final Measurements:
Width (measured straight across cowl): 7” (18 cm)
Width (measured with bias): 10” (25.5 cm)
Length: 48” (122 cm)

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to my fabulous technical editor, Angela Dexter of Buzz and Fuzz, and my wonderful, helpful test knitters, saraphymn, Calliebann, PlumeCrafted, Caoilainn17, and SarahJaneMcKelvy. Danke schön!