We posted about our upcoming Ninilchik Swoncho class a few weeks ago. We suggested that it would be a good beginner colorwork project. It is knit with worsted weight yarn and larger needles than many colorwork projects.
However, if you can’t take the class or don’t want to commit to a project the size of the swoncho, we have something else for you! The Flying Geese Cowl is on display at My Sister Knits. You should come in and take a close look at it. Mary Jane Mucklestone, a superb designer of colorwork knitting patterns, says that her Flying Geese Cowl is a ‘stellar first stranded colorwork project’.
It uses Aran weight yarn and suggests size 9 needles for the bulk of the cowl, making for a fairly quick knit. Size 8s are used for the final 1 1/2″ of ribbing. There are only 36 rows in addition to the top and bottom ribbing!
This pattern is only one page long, including the easy to read and follow colorwork chart! Flying Geese has a gradient background which adds an interesting detail to the cowl. Still, it could easily be made with one color for the background if you prefer. Mary Jane states how many yards are needed for each color. That makes it easy to go stash diving if you have any aran weight left-overs!
The more we look at this cowl, the more we like it with the gradient background! There will be enough yarn left over for a pair of fingerless mitts or mittens! We can help you find a plain pattern and use stripes for a cowl/mitt set that blends but isn’t matchy-matchy.
If you’d like to change out the colors but aren’t sure which to use, there are a couple of things you can do. We love playing with colors and would be happy to help you! The other thing you can do is go to the Ravelry project page to find inspiration by looking at all the projects there.
Mary Jane has a great video that demonstrates how to knit with two colors, whether you knit English or Continental. If you don’t know what which way you knit, she’ll explain that, too!
If you need help or encouragement, you can stop by the shop during our Fearless Knitting times, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 – 1. We’ll gladly help you anytime but those times have a person dedicated to only helping people who come in! Otherwise you might have to wait.
We encourage you to take a look at this truly beginner colorwork project! The color combinations are endless; come into the shop and play with them!