Gem Box Cowl by Shell Feda

Gem Box Cowl

October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Slip stitch pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
225 yards (206 m)
One Size
low vision format available
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About the Gem Box Cowl
The Gem Box Cowl is a short cowl designed to make the most of small, luxury skeins of yarn—particularly those wildly variegated, hand painted beauties that are gorgeous in the skein but pool unappealingly when knit up.
It’s also an excellent project for using up leftovers - simply change out yarns after the gem box sections to create a striping effect - there is no limit to how many colors you can use!

The Gem Box Cowl uses mosaic colorwork, where only one color is worked at a time, with stitches slipped on alternating rows. It’s a perfect entry point into colorwork for beginners, or a great mindless knit (that doesn’t look mindless!) for knitters familiar with the technique.

Interested in a hat to complement the cowl? Check out the Gem Box Hat!

Yarn Requirements
MC - 150 yards DK weight yarn in a solid/tonal colorway
CC - 75 yards DK weight yarn in a variegated colorway

The sample was knit using Manos del Uruguay Silk using Oxblood as the MC and Woodland as the CC.

A Note on Gauge / Yardage
When making this sample, I used every inch of my MC and exactly half of my CC. While gauge is not critical for a cowl, your yardage requirements may be different if you do not meet gauge. A small scale is a very handy tool to have for avoiding yarn chicken, especially if you are using 50 gram skeins or partials.

You can also stashbust using multiple CCs if you want! Just change out after each “gem box” section.

Low Vision Accessibility (LVA) Version
The LVA version of the pattern contains the following elements designed to make it easier to use for people with low vision.

  • Black text
  • 22 point Arial font
  • No italics
  • Fully written instructions; no charts
  • No abbreviations
  • H-tags for headings
  • Page numbers in top left corner
  • Left-justified text
  • 1-inch margins
  • No columns
  • Captioned/alt-texted images

Gem Box Cowl has not yet been tested for use with a screen reader.

I am committed to making my patterns as accessible as possible. If you purchase this pattern and have any issues with the accessible pattern, have suggestions for improvement, or want to request additional features, please reach out to me via direct message.