Easy Fair Isle Cowl by Ysolda Teague

Easy Fair Isle Cowl

October 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork in the round
US 9 - 5.5 mm
375 yards (343 m)
One size — cowl measures approx. 30" / 72cm in circumference and 11" / 28cm in height.
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An ideal first project for learning how to knit fair isle using stranded colourwork. Perfect as a gift for all genders.

Originally inspired by an undulating bike ride through the landscape of Shetland, the Easy Fair Isle Cowl is like carrying a piece of this region with you, wherever you may be. This subtly shaded pattern is a perfect starter project for stranded colourwork with its short floats and lack of steeking. It also benefits from having two options for edging - ribbed or i-cord that perfectly round off the central geometric pattern.

This is a loose style of cowl that can read as both masculine or feminine depending on your colour, yarn choice and fit. It’s a great project for experimenting with colour play: use lots of small scraps, or keep it simple with the contrast of only two colours. Aran weight yarns knits up quickly and creates a beautifully warm garment that will reach up to your nose and create a windproof barrier, or can be pulled down to gather around your neck.

Aran weight yarn
Shown in Jamieson of Shetland’s Shetland Heather Aran (100% Shetland wool, 101 yds / 92m, 1.76oz / 50g)

C1 — 692 Oceanic
C2 — 998 Autumn
C3 — 101 Natural Black
C4 — 107 Mogit
C5 — 1060 Cedar
C6 — 1070 Woodnymph

C1: 95 yds / 87m
C2: 80 yds / 73m
C3 – C6: 50 yds / 45m

Size 9 US / 5.5mm 24” / 60cm circular

Stitch marker, darning needle, scrap yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on.

Helpful links
Technique Thursday - Colour dominance
Technique Thursday - Choosing colours
Technique Thursday - Crochet provisional cast on