Pic & Mix Cowl
A new shop sample to show what you can make with Wee County Yarn's Pic & Mix Cowl kit. Each kit contains 15 MiniBalls of Scottish yarn spun in Scotland by JC Rennie.
There are 6 shade collections to choose from. Each shade collection has a range of lights and darks and printed pattern for a simple stranded colourwork motif that you repeat over and over again.
I've made our shop one using the Brights box.
Pic & Mix Cowl kit in Brights
Although it's the same motif over and over its always different as you get to choose the colours and how to use them. The pattern gives you ideas on how to place the colours but really it's up to you.
I did different colour combos:
- one foreground colour and one background colour
- one foreground colour and two background colours
- two foreground colours and two background colours
- two foreground colours and three background colours
This cowl is knitted in the round which means the right side is always facing you and you don't need to purl, making the stranded colourwork easier.
As you are knitting a tube all the ends are hidden inside so there's no need to weave your ends in. Just tie the ends together and trim. I did have a couple of wonky stitches at the beginning so I used the ends to neaten them before tying a knot.
To make a cowl you join the cast on and cast off ends together.
There are different ways to do this. The pattern suggests a provisional cast on which will keep the cast on stitches 'live' so you can graft it to the live stitches on your needle at the end. You can see this in action on our Moonwake cowl.
I did not do a provisional cast on with this cowl. The thought of grafting over 100 tiny stitches (its 4ply) of a sticky woolly wool did not appeal to me. So I just cast on and cast off as normal then used mattress stitch to join the ends.
If you do this then I would recommend using a light/bright colour for the first and last sections so you can see the stitches more easily and knit an extra round after casting on and before casting off to give a plain section to sew up. I also carefully tightened my stitches as I went, the MiniBall yarn can snap if you pull too tightly.
One thing you MUST do is wash your cowl after you've knitted it and joined the edges.
Wee County Yarn MiniBalls use unscoured wool which means anything you make with it needs a bit of extra washing to clean it, add softness and bloom.
The first stage is hot water and washing liquid. The second I did with Eucalan wool wash.
The difference in softness and stitch definition is amazing!
There’s detailed washing instructions included with the kit to make your cowl look it’s absolute best.
Some before and after photos.👇
There are 6 Pic & Mix colour ways to choose from. Each box has 15 Miniballs from Wee County Yarns and a printed pattern for Clare Hutchinson’s Pic & Mix Cowl where you pick how you want to use the colours. All you need to add is a 3.25mm 40cm long circular needle (or however you like to knit in the round).
These kits are lots of fun and you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like. You could even throw in some simple striped rows if you wanted a super easy section.
The pattern has ideas and tips on how to combine colours but you're free to experiment however you like.
Don't worry about making the 'wrong' choice. There's so much going on that any colours you ultimately find jarring together, or any mistakes you make in the pattern, will be hidden in the magnificence of it all.
They are great for a beginner colourworker. Although not the simplest motif you are repeating it over and over so it does become very familiar. It's a great opportunity to try out different techniques.
These online tutorials may be helpful.
- How to Knit Fair-Isle Patterns by Tin Can Knits
- Knitting Colourwork with Two Hands by Andrea Rangel
- Favourite Fair-Isle Techniques by Very Pink Knits on YouTube
- Stranded Colourwork in Magic Loop by Andrea Mowry on YouTube
I have 60g of yarn leftover from my kit which is plenty for a pair of stripey fingerless mitts... or you could make your cowl even longer by making more repeats of the motif.
And, lovely as the cowl is, you could use the yarn for an entirely different project.
Although the kit does just come with the cowl pattern, each MiniBall has roughly 50m of yarn. 15 balls gives you 675m of 4ply which will make you a decent scarf/shawl, three beanie hats or a baby jumper or you could buy several boxes for a adult slipover.
You are buying a kit not a finished item.
This fun kit includes 15 x 10g balls of Wee County Yarns Miniballs and a printed Clare Hutchinson knitting pattern for a tube cowl (approx. 84cm x 17cm) all packaged in a cake box.
The cowl is worked by repeating one motif - you pick the colours for each repeat creating a unique accessory and sampler of colour combos.
Each kit has a range of shades from lights to darks allowing you to experiment with subtle to bold colour combos. Clare provides ideas and tips on how to combine colours but you're free to experiment however you like.
These 4ply miniballs are spun in Scotland by JC Rennie. They are 100% wool (Lambswool & Shetland) and are wound straight from the cone. To help your project look it's best please wash it twice when you are finished knitting. This will allow the stitches to bloom and soften. Each kit includes detailed washing instructions.
This kit is great for beginner and experienced colourworkers. Not only can you try out different colour combos and learn what you like but you can try out different ways to do stranded colourwork - one handed or two handed? How about experimenting with colour dominance, you could even mix it up with some simple stripes.
You don't need to knit the cowl. These miniballs are a perfect stash addition for whenever you need small amounts of colour.
We have 6 shade combos available, each hand picked by Clare. Sometimes colours will vary slightly from those shown.
The sample is knitted in the Knitty colourway.
Remember you also need a 3.25mm circular needle 40cm long (or how ever you knit a small circumference).
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