Introducing the Brightside Cowl
I just published a new pattern – the Brightside Cowl! Here’s the story behind this pattern…it was actually knit up and written over 6 years ago. I had all of these leftover scraps of Berroco Vintage Chunky after knitting up my Simply Stripes Baby Blanket and I just loved the colors. My original concept was to create a project that would be a good skill-builder for newer knitters. At the time I was working at a yarn shop and was often being asked about good ‘next step’ projects for new knitters after they had learned the basics. So I wrote this pattern with the hope of creating video tutorials for each of the techniques used so that a beginner would feel comfortable taking it on. But, 6 years just kind of went by (as they often can do) without following through on this idea. Until now that is! Better late than never, right?
Brightside is worked back-and-forth just like a scarf – you attach each end together (seamlessly!) at the end to make it a cowl! Here are the techniques used in this pattern that all have video tutorials to go along with them:
- Long-tail cast-on
- Joining a new color
- Working 2-color 2-row stripes (carrying the yarn up the side)
- Picking up cast-on edge stitches
- Working a Three Needle Bind-off
Ready to make your own Brightside?
As I mentioned, I used Berroco Vintage Chunky for this project. You need 1 skein for your main color (I used Oats, a light brown color) and then about 25 yds each of 5 contrasting colors. Here are the colors I used:
- Sunny (yellow)
- Dewberry (purple)
- Tang (orange – this specific color is discontinued but you can use Pumpkin or Orange instead)
- Chocolate (brown)
- Neptune (teal)
Another great option would be Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky. If you want a similar color palette to my sample, you could pick the following shades:
- Main Color: Wheat
- Contrasting colors: Saffron, Berry, Orange Peel, Pistachio and Teal.