Fair Isle Knit Cowl | Yarnspirations
By Kristen Mangus
Well, Christmas is over. I’m sure you noticed that the craft world is almost exclusively focused on either decorations or gift ideas all through October and November. But now the gifts are given. The celebrations are finished. The guests have returned home. I always have mixed feelings this time of year. Part of me misses the busyness and preparations, but the other part of me is ready to relax and unwind. Now is the time to put your feet up, grab the last few cookies from the bottom of the tin and get ready to knit a little something for yourself. I really think you’re going to love the Fair Isle Knit Cowl.
With temps dropping and winter winds bringing snow showers every few days you need to stay warm. I’ve teamed up with Yarnspirations and B.Hooked Crochet to create a simple hat, cowl and mitten set that you are going to love. In the coming weeks we’ll be showing you the new patterns featuring Patons Alpaca Blend yarn. The softness and warmth of alpaca can’t be beat. I mean what’s better than ridiculously soft yarn? Ridiculously soft yarn on SALE! From now through January 31, 2018 you can get 20% off Patons Alpaca Blend using coupon code: GOODKNITKISSESALPACA
If you’ve never tried fair isle colorwork before I think you’ll be surprised how easy it can be. You know you don’t have to start with a five color design that includes reindeer and snowflakes, right? The beauty of fair isle designs is that you don’t need to know any fancy stitches. Keep your focus on the color changes. If you can count to four, you can knit this cowl.
Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) circular knitting needles with a 24” cord or size needed to obtain gauge.
24” (61 cm) x 9” (23 cm) approx.
14 sts and 18 rows per 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in stocking st.
Skills taught in this tutorial:
Knitted cast on
Create a magic loop using a circular needle
Connect knitting in the round
K1, P1 ribbing
Fair Isle stranded colorwork (including how to catch your floats to avoid long strands)
Bind off purlwise
With A cast on 84 sts and join in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of the round.
1st Rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of rnd.
2nd to 4th rnds: As 1st rnd.
5th rnd: Knit
6th rnd: Knit. Do not break yarn.
Attach Contrast B and proceed as follows:
7th rnd: *With B K1. With A K3. Rep from * to end of rnd. Drop B, do not break.
8th rnd: With A Knit.
9th rnd: With A K2. *With B K1. With A K3. Rep from * to end of rnd.
10th rnd: With A Knit.
Rep last 4 rnds 5 times more. Rep 7th rnd. Break B.
11th to 12th rnds: Knit.
13th Rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of rnd.
14th to 16th rnds: As 13th rnd.
Bind off purlwise.
Fair Isle Knit Cowl Tutorial Video
To see all the techniques used in the Fair Isle Knit Cowl pattern watch the video below.
I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and tutorial! Be sure and share your project pictures and social media and tag me with #goodknitkisses. This post and video are sponsored by Yarnspirations.
Fair Isle Collection:
I’ve teamed up with my sweet and talented friend Brittany from B.Hooked Crochet. She has been working on adorable mittens to match. The Fair Isle Crochet Mittens from B.Hooked Crochet ARE NOW HERE!