Downtown Cowl in Socks that Rock

Downtown Cowl 1I always like finding good patterns that show off the beauty of multi-colored yarn. One thing I like about variegated yarn is that you have the opportunity to come up with some really unique color combinations. You get to know the “eye” of a dyer after seeing many of their artistic combinations. It’s not so easy to see a semi-solid blue and pick which company dyed it up. How do you make semi-solid blues look really unique from company to company? But we can see a skein of Lorna’s Laces or Sweet Georgia or Blue Moon Fiber Arts and correctly identify that color-look to them. Each dyer has their own sense of color combinations. That’s what makes variegated yarn so much fun. And of course it’s fun to see how the colors progress as you knit it up!

Downtown Cowl 3I knit up a Downtown Cowl last week with a skein of Blue Moon’s Socks that Rock in Mediumweight (Farmhouse). The pattern did a great job of distributing the color around, and it was fun to knit because the stitch pattern changed up from time to time. The pattern calls for 220 stitches cast on, but I did 280 so I could use more of my skein. I like how it turned out, and it was a quick knit.

There are lots of patterns that would look great with multi-colored skeins of yarn. Try the Roller Coaster Cowl, FrissonFebruary Woman Cowl, Pashmina Shawlette, Auburn Wave, Honey Cowl, Ananke, and Kir Royale.

Downtown Cowl 2Did you see the Yarn Harlot’s post on the Adrian/Adriana pattern mixup? She and her friend meant to be knitting Adriana, but it turns out that they had started in on the Adrian pattern instead, and couldn’t figure out why their projects were looking different than the model they had tried on and wanted to knit. I mention this because there is also a very cute Downton Cowl that you can get on Ravelry as well. Don’t click on that thinking you will be getting a long infinity cowl like the one I knit here, though. The one I show here is the DowNtown Cowl. Different. But both are cute.

Now I’m working on an Ananke using our March Celebration yarn (not yet available, but soon!). With this colorway, we’re celebrating a birthday that happens this month. The colorway is called Twist & Dunk. Can you guess what we’ll be celebrating with this color? We’ll let you know as soon as it goes up on the website!

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  1. Sheri,
    So glad that you clarified the Donwton Cowl pattern. I really like the one you knitted!
    Can’t wait to see your Ananke.

  2. So glad you now carry BMFA! Tina’s colors are spectacular, but rarely do pictures do them justice. I’m looking at Aubergenius and PeePee Weepkins for Wendy’s NodicCowl. Thanks for your great taste in yarn

  3. Sheri,
    I love these types of posts. I go check out each and every pattern you refer to, and dream about the yarns I would use.
    Thank you,

  4. Too-similar names not only cause problems with knitting patterns, but also with medicines. Nurses and pharmacists dread mixing up medications with names that sound the same!

  5. Twist and Dunk – you are celebrating March madness; either that or it’s some type of doughnut. 🙂

  6. Susanna beat me to it, but I was going to suggest doughnuts (not a B-ball fan). ;^)

    I have been working the February celebration yarn into a Cross Stitch Cowl and it has taken that lovely, but slightly crazy yarn and turned it into something that looks like some of those hand-dyed silk scarves. Loving it. Hating the thought of gifting it away, but Sis is totally knit-worthy.

  7. Twist and dunk= Oreos … When I hear twist and dunk my brain just processes the phrasing to cookies….mmm….

  8. I was wondering about March’s celebration color! I’m not sure though- I’m thinking like Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kremes or similar! Can’t wait to find out!

  9. I second what Kathy said about the posts. I see patterns this way that I might have not noticed.

    For the twist and dunk you said birthday so I am going to guess that it is the birthday of the Loopy line of yarn.

  10. I love the Downtown Cowl you made. I have some lovely skeins of BMFA lightweight. Do you think the pattern would work with that weight yarn? Looking forward to the March color! 🙂

  11. This looks so much like the spring challenge I just did! I used Dream in Color Smooshy in the Celebrating the Games colorway with the same pattern. I did notice (when I was almost done) that the pattern calls for 220 stitches for a sport weight version but there is a fingering weight version further down that suggests 350 stitches. Not sure if yours was on purpose with the added stitches but mine was an accident with excellent results!

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