Here at Loop, we have long been fans of Knit Collage – we were the very first shop in the world to place an order for their yarns! Knit Collage is owned and run by the lovely Amy Small who designs these happy, cheerful yarns that are unlike any other. Amy teaches women who come from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Punjab region of India to spin beautiful fibres that incorporate tiny crocheted flowers, ribbons and other lovely trims into the yarns. Every single skein of yarn is completely unique!
Amy designs each and every yarn and colourway herself – all year round, she collects bits and pieces she thinks will be beautiful when spun into yarn. When she’s ready to design a new yarn, she’ll lay out all her fibres and trims and arranges them into tiny piles until she has a rainbow of colour combinations she likes. She then experiments with spinning these combinations together until yarns she’s happy with emerge from the wheel. Amy then works with her spinners in India to produce the yarn – she creates a ‘recipe’ for the spinning and that’s how each lovely, unique skein comes about! Amy tells us that India is the most inspiring, beautiful place she’s ever been, and that is truly reflected in her gorgeous yarns.
In the shop, we love marvelling at these magical balls of yarn, which are works of art in themselves before they’re even knit. But of course it would be a shame to waste them! Juju designed this adorable cowl to make the most of 1 ball of Knit Collage yarn, using simple garter stitch and an added bit of mohair.
Like each ball of Knit Collage, each Candy Cowl can be unique too! We had fun playing around with different colour combinations:
As always, we encourage you to be creative and adventurous with your colour choices!
Materials: 1 ball each of yarns A & B, below.
Yarn B: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Debbie Bliss Angel, OR Party Angel (for a bit of sparkle). Hold Yarn B double or triple, (depending on how airy you want it) throughout. (Pictured: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 653 Shadow)
Needles: 10mm circular needles (or use 9mm or 12mm, if that is what you happen to have).
Size: 90cm circumference
Note: The cowl is knit flat, then seamed. Since this is a pattern with an uneven number of row repeats and two different yarns, the yarn you need will sometimes be at the opposite end when you want it. Because you are using circular needles, you can knit (or purl) from whichever end the yarn presents itself. The stitch pattern remains in garter stitch throughout.
Cast on 40sts with Yarn A. Knit one row.
Rows 1-3: Knit 3 rows with Yarn B held doubled or tripled.
Rows 4&5: Knit 2 rows Yarn A.
Rep these 5 rows, 6 times, so that there are a total of 6 mohair stripes.
Knit 1 row in Yarn A and cast off.
Half twist the cowl into a mobius and sew short edges together into cowl shape.
You may also like to crochet some extra flowers and other shapes to stitch to your Knit Collage yarn. Or add in some more beads. Whatever takes your fancy!
Candy Cowl is a free pattern and all images and text are copyright of Loop Knitting Ltd. It is for personal and non-profit use only. This means you can knit it for yourself, as a gift or for charity. You may not sell a garment made from this pattern. You may not reproduce this for sale. Please ask if you wish to translate it or use to teach a class.