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20 Jun '16

Gradient Yarn: Poly Chevron Cowl

Today I want to show you a free pattern that has a fantastic range of adaptability, both in terms of colors and gradient base yarn.  The Poly Chevron Cowl, by Jennifer Krause, is a pattern brought to my attention by Jasmin of The Knitmore Girls Podcast.  We (Jasmin & I) met last year at Black Sheep Gathering when she was very pregnant with Rex and I was clueless as to why there was an entourage following her.  Since we're heading out to Black Sheep again this week it seems like a great time to share this versatile knit and maybe a quick story.

Meeting Jasmin and Gigi in 2015 really opened my eyes to how much fun listening to podcasts could be.  Before then, I just thought of it as one more thing I didn't have time for.  The Knitmore women in person are so incredibly much fun - energetic, interesting, charismatic and funny.  I'm a bit isolated as a knitter because I can't comfortably go out and socialize in my knitting community that much anymore (personally or professionally), and I found that listening along with these two made me feel a little bit more connected.  It doesn't hurt that Jasmin was fairly fond of our gradients.

A while after Black Sheep, I heard from Jasmin again because she wanted to do the Poly Chevron Cowl with one of our Lilt Gradients, but she didn't have what she needed to make it long enough.  All the discussing color that happened subsequently made me want to knit my own, and I found myself winding up little balls of yarn before I even had time to knit.  My one and only photo of my finished cowl, shown above, is knit in an Orchid Pebble Sock Gradient, as well as parts of one skein each of Pebble Sock in Natural and Pavo Cristal.

Before you ask, Pavo Cristal is among the group of colors we do as exclusives for various shops.  I know, I love it too.  But I can only dye it for myself and StevenBe.

So here's what I love to bits about this pattern (besides the fact that it is beyond and easy and totally free to download): 1. you can knit each gradient shade all the way to the end; 2. you can combine your stripes in all manner of combos and color orders, including 2 gradients; and 3. this pattern is utterly perfect for stash busting if you want to knit 2 or 3 (or more!).  I would love to see it knit in a [neon?] rainbow - think Cerise, Tang, Good Egg, Lightning Bug, Marcia and Wonderland.

Fair warning, finishing your cowl requires grafting.


This post was a bit of a digression from our normal Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas, but it's fun to share adventures with all of you.  I hope you're getting something interesting out of our series.  Gradient yarns, when you're first coming to them, can be a bit intimidating or seem to project-specific.  After four years of dyeing them, I just see another hand-dyed product with endless possibilities, and I really want them to be as accessible for crafters as they are for me.

Have a great week!

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