Today I released a brand new accessory pattern! Introducing Fire & Rain – a 2-color slip stitch rib cowl knit up in the beautiful Purl Soho yarn. If you have never had the opportunity to work with their yarns yet, I can’t recommend them enough. Gorgeous fibers and an even more gorgeous color palette.
Here are a few highlights about Fire & Rain I want to tell you about:
Choose between 2 yarn weights: sport or worsted!
I decided to include instructions in this pattern for either sport-weight OR worsted-weight. Want a big squishy cowl that will keep you cozy all Fall and Winter? Then the worsted-weight is perfect! Want just a lighter little layer that could be worn in 3 seasons, and feel comfortable wearing indoors too? Then the sport-weight might be just the thing!
I knit the worsted-weight in Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist 100% Merino yarn. This has a popular yarn of theirs for quite a while, but it was my first time working with it. And I definitely won’t be my last!
Squishy, soft and great stitch definition. I also wanted a yarn that would have lots of great 2-color combinations. Check out this screenshot of their palette!
For the worsted-version using Worsted Twist, you’ll need 2 skeins for color A and 1 skein for color B. In my sample, color A is Red Poppy and color B is Reed Gray.
The sport-weight version is knit in Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca. This is SUCH a soft yarn and although sometimes alpaca yarn can feel heavy, it’s not the case with this yarn. And similar to the Worsted Twist, it has a great color palette to pick from:
For the sport-version using Season Alpaca, you’ll need 1 skein for color A and 1 skein for color B. In my sample, color A is Blue Jeans and color B is Light Cerulean.
For either the Worsted or the Sport, if you’re looking for yarn that might be Spring and Summer friendly, Purl Soho has some other options you can consider:
- Sport Alternative Options: Cotton Pure
- Worsted Alternative Option: Linen Quill Worsted, Campo
The Slip Stitch Pattern
I used a slip stitch rib pattern that creates such a cool effect – and it looks great on either side! It’s easy to get the hang and rhythm of it as it’s just 2 rounds, and I have a video tutorial that walks you through it. Check it out below:
I also provide tips in the pattern about how to “read your knitting” with this stitch pattern. By “reading” I mean understanding the stitch pattern just by looking at the fabric and knowing what stitches to work next just be identifying some visual cues.
Knitting the samples of this design was so much fun – it was one of those projects I looked forward to working on each evening and I hope it may be the same for you as well! To purchase the pattern, click here. And if you have any questions feel free to reach out.