Here is my latest knit, a gradient cowl knitting pattern called Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer and I love it!
I can see why it has been made nearly 4,000 times on Ravelry. Its a great pattern and like the pattern says “All the style of a shawlette without the fuss of trying to keep it around your neck. This easy to wear cowl is designed to mimic the look of a shawl casually draped as a scarf”. The pattern is written and a chart is included if you prefer to work that way plus you have a choice of either using sport weight yarn or worsted weight. I used 5 ply yarn and it still knitted up pretty quickly.
You knit it flat until you’re ready to join in the round to start the lace section of the cowl. I was ready to start the lace on my recent trip to Melbourne so the child free time allowed me to count without interruption and I nearly finished knitting it whilst I was at the lovely Unwind Cafe.
It’s a great cowl for wearing under a jacket as you don’t have the extra bulk where you don’t need it. This was my first gradient knit using some Knitwhits Freia Handpainted Ombre Sport yarn in Tijuana Teal.
If I was to knit this again I’d discard a small amount of the grey to get to the brighter teal colour sooner and finish with a bit more of a pop. If I’d read through the Ravelry notes a bit more before I made this I would have known that! I’m still pretty happy with it and love how it doesn’t twist and slide around and just keeps your neck nice and toasty warm. I look forward to testing out just how warm at the next early morning netball game!
Do you love gradient yarn? What have you made with yours? Can you recommend some other gradients to try?