Autumn Sunset, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a colorwork cowl.
As the days become shorter and there is a chill in the air, the deep golden rays of the setting sun casts a warm glow across the landscape. The deep shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves on the trees reflect in the last of the sun's light. The sun dips down into the horizon for the night only to cast its warm glow once again the next day.
When working the fair isle section, make sure you stretch out your stitches on the right hand needle before changing colors. This helps keep your floats nice and loose, and prevents your colorwork from puckering.
model: Laura Reinbach
photos: Greg Reinbach
Width :7 inches /18 cm
Circumference :49 inches/124.5 cm
[MC] Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering [90% merino, 10% silk; 420 yds / 384 m per 100g skein]; color: Birch, 1 skein
[CC1-CC5] Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Set [90% merino, 10% silk; 525 yds / 480 m per 140 g]; color: September
Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
US #3/3.25mm circular needle, 16-inch/40-cm
a 16-inch/40-cm circular needle of similar size for grafting
crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional CO
28 sts/28 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in colourwork pattern, after blocking
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
This cowl starts off with a crochet provisional cast on. It is then worked in the round to form a long tube. When finished, the two ends of the tube are grafted together using Kitchener stitch.
With waste yarn and provisional method, CO 96 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: Knit
PM, join in the round being careful not to twist your sts.
Rnd 2 and 3: Knit.
Next round: Work Chart 1 four times around.
Work as set until you have worked all 60 rows of Chart 1 twice, and worked rows 1-30 once more.
With MC only, knit 4 rounds.
Next round: Work Chart 2 four times around.
Work as set until Chart 2 is complete.
With MC only, knit 5 rounds.
Next round: Work Chart 3 four times around.
Work as set until you have worked all 60 rows of Chart 3 twice, and worked rows 1-30 once more.
With MC only, knit 4 rounds.
Next round: Work Chart 4 four times around.
Work as set until Chart 4 is complete.
With MC only, knit one round.
Slip sts to a holder or scrap yarn.
Weave in ends. Block.
Transfer sts from waste yarn onto spare 16-inch circular needle. Graft two ends of cowl using Kitchener stitch.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Laura is a native Floridian who now resides in a small town in Maine with her husband and four boys. Although she may complain of the cold from time to time, she is very grateful to wear her knitted items most of the year. She really enjoys this creative outlet that designing provides.
Follow her on Instagram and Ravelry.
Pattern & images © 2018 Laura Reinbach.