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Simple Cowl Colour Combos

One of our most popular shop samples is our Simple Cowl - a free shop pattern that uses two types of 4ply sock yarn.

 

simple cowl worn three ways and laid flat

 

By combining a self patterning Opal sock yarn with a solid colour Socks Yeah 4ply you get a cowl that looks interesting worn bunched up or folded over.

It's a versatile knitting pattern:

  • Knit the whole cowl using the self-patterning sock yarn.
  • Knit the whole cowl using a solid colour of Socks Yeah 4ply
  • Knit a shorter cowl
  • Stripe it!

For example, I knitted a short cowl (half the height) using 5 mini balls of Opal 4ply sock yarn.

 

multi coloured cowl

 

You can see our original Gallery post here.

In that post I shared some ideas for colour combos. But since the Opal sock yarns are mostly limited edition I thought it would be a good idea to put together some new combos...

I picked out 6 Opal sock yarns and then matched them to 2 different Socks Yeah shades - one high contrast and another more muted.

To knit one tall cowl you only need half of the 100g ball of Opal and one 50g hank of Socks Yeah 4ply. So you could get one ball of Opal and 2 different hanks of Socks Yeah to make 2 different tall cowls.

Obviously, you could also knit:

  • a short cowl with one hank of Socks Yeah 4ply
  • a tall cowl with one ball of Opal sock yarn
  • a tall cowl with two hanks of Opal sock yarn
  • two short cowls with one ball of Opal sock yarn
  • a short cowl and one pair of trainer socks from one ball of Opal sock yarn.
  • a tall cowl and a pair of trainer socks with one ball of Opal sock yarn and one hank of Socks Yeah 4ply.

See what I mean about it's versatility? 

So, the new colour combos...

 

bright sock yarn combos

 

On the top row:

Opal Dragon shade 9962 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 1004 (and yes it is neon pink and has absorb all the light in the photograph!)

Opal Hundertwasser shade 2106 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 114

Opal Joy shade 9984 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 118

 

On the bottom row:

Opal Beauty shade 9925 and and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 1129

Opal Joy shade 9981 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 120

Opal Best Of shade 3005 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 116

 

6 sock yarn combos

 

On the top row:

Opal Dragon shade 9962 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 108

Opal Hundertwasser shade 2106 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 112

Opal Joy shade 9984 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 113

 

On the bottom row:

Opal Beauty shade 9925 and and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 122

Opal Joy shade 9981 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 122

Opal Best Of shade 3005 and Socks Yeah 4ply in shade 111

 

In terms of the knittability of the Simple Cowl, here are a few reasons why it is a perfect travel/holiday project...

  • it’s knitted in the round on circular needles - so it's more portable to carry around.
  • it's knitted using one needle - so you don't need to carry multiple sizes.
  • there is nothing too taxing, so you can pick it up and put it down, or chat and drink without worrying about losing your place (just make sure you mark the start of your round).
  • once you cast off, and sorted your ends, you can wear it. Although it does benefit from a gentle wash and a flat drying!

 

These are exactly the same reasons why I recommend the 3 Colour Cowl too!

1 comment

  • I knitted this cowl last winter using yarn from my stash. A lovely relaxing knit, it was finished in a week. I washed and dried flat and was able to wear it on our Boxing Day walk. I will be knitting it again and again in different combinations. Thank you for providing the pattern and the inspiration!

    SUSAN

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