Super-duper easy-peasy Noro cowl by Ellen T. Andresen/SISO Designs
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Super-duper easy-peasy Noro cowl

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This is by no means an original idea, but here it is anyway. Basically, it’s a very easy knit cowl with spectacular results due to the long color-changes of the Noro yarn. And it’s a great way of using up single balls of yarn from your stash. Not to say a great project for quick gifts and commuter knitting!

The primary yarn is a ball of Noro Kureyon, or any other worsted/aran yarn with long color changes. For the secondary yarn, choose a worsted or aran yarn in a color that complements one of the colors from your primary yarn. For a bolder cowl, you can use two balls of Noro yarn, and start knitting with the second ball at a different point of the color sequence.

Gauge is not very relevant, as it’s knit on large needles. I tend to knit loosely, and usually go down half a needle size. The finished unblocked size of my cowl was 25,5 cm high, 66 cm around. If you like a firm fabric, you’ll need to go down needle sizes as this is a loosely knit cowl! It’s also important to take into account how the yarn will “grow” while using the cowl - please stop knitting before it gets too wide.