the ombre cowl.

A few weeks ago, I was all set and raring to go to my first knitting class at my local yarn store. (A Good Yarn, by the way. They are great.) However, as this winter was wont to do, the instructor (the fabulous Ann Weaver) couldn’t get to Florida because she was snowed in. (Womp, womp.)

However, I’d already bought the pattern on Ravelry, so I decided: let’s go ahead and give it a try. It personifies what I like so much about knitting – there’s only really two stitches you have to learn and everything else is a combination of those two stitches. You can’t screw anything up too bad.

I personally am not sold on cowls; they’re just not something you can wear down here in Florida, and maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I’m being choked when I’m wearing one.  However, I am sold on color.

I wanted to do an experiment in color without buying any more yarn, so I just used what I had on hand. Thus, the ombre cowl was born. The beginning:

SuperSaver Pale Yellow, Madeline Tosh Edison Bulb, Joann's Grass Green.
SuperSaver Pale Yellow, Madeline Tosh Edison Bulb, Joann’s Grass Green.

The braiding was a really good technique to learn (even if I hated it by the end). I love striping and it’s a great introduction to main colors and contrast colors.

Adding SuperSaver Forest Green and Pale Blue yarn.
Adding SuperSaver Forest Green and Pale Blue yarn.

I loved the addition of the blue into the cowl – that pale blue color is just as pretty in person as it looks in the pictures.

All done but for the blocking and weaving in ends.
All done but for the blocking and weaving in ends.

My absolutely favorite thing? The slip stitch blocks in the upper third. Such a cool trick to learn – there’s a Ravelry pattern, Yon Tartan, that uses the same techniques to make a really cool (obviously) faux-tartan pattern.

So, anyone want it? If you want to pay me the shipping, it is yours. (We’ll Paypal it.) Leave me a comment on my Instagram and I’ll send it your way!

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