This small collection of three accessories by Barbara Collins is an understated study in stripes, each one different in feel, weight and style—a pretty showcase of the limitless possibilities of line and color in knitting.
52" [132 cm] in circumference and 6¼" [16 cm] deep
chickadee / 1 skein each: belize 139; kittywake 151; honey 123; sedum 142; chanterelle 118
32" circular in size US 6 [4 mm]
after blocking: 20 sts and 40 rnds = 4" [10 cm] in garter stitch / 20 sts and 32 rnds = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, seed stitch, and reverse stockinette stitch
Cowl is knitted in the round.
Cable cast on (instructions included), working in the round, changing colors.Go to Scarves etc 2014 collection
Pretty Jody by designer Barbara Collins is a long cowl worked in three colors of sport weight Chickadee, featuring slip-stitch check patterning with a textural result. Meant to be worn as either a single long loop or double up around the neck for extra warmth, this is a versatile project that would be perfect for experimenting with different color combinations.
54½" [138 cm] circumference and 7½" [19 cm] deep
Bold color-blocking with a simple contrast stripe elevates this cowl from essential garter stitch to essential style. With its modern lines and squishy softness, this substantial cowl in three colors of wool/alpaca Owl looks good wrapped around the neck as a single loop or doubled up, if needed.
60" [152.5 cm] circumference and 8 ¾" [22 cm] deep
owl / 1 skein cinnamon 313 (A) / 1 skein hemlock 322 (B) / 3 skeins abyssinian 309 (C)
Cowl uses all of colors B and C; use color A for swatch- ing, or consider purchasing extra skeins.
one pair in size US 6 [4 mm] / spare needle in size US 8 [5.5 mm]
18 ½ sts and 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter stitch, after blocking
Provisional Crochet Cast On, Three-needle Bind Off (links provided)
The best ideas sometimes come unintentionally, as is the case with the textured stripes in Barbara Collins’ Liz cowl. Worked in five colors of Chickadee, this piece features a pretty 2-row stripe sequence that uses clever slipped stitches to create an interesting mix of colors in textured fabric.
54" [137 cm] circumference and 6 ¼" [16 cm] deep
chickadee / 1 skein each: slate 143 / chanterelle 118 / wasabi 141 / sedum 142 / malbec 145
32" circular needle in size US 7 [4.5 mm]
18 sts and 40 rows = 4" [10 cm] in woven stitch, after blocking
Long-tail cast on, stranded colorwork (links provided)
57" [145 cm] in circumference and 12" [30.5 cm] deep
chickadee / 1 skein each: split pea 130 (A) / kumlien's gull 152 (B) / frank's plum 114 (C) nasturtium 136 (D) / kittywake 151 (E) / carrie's yellow 125 (F)
pair in size US 7 [4.5 mm] / one spare needle in same size
20 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, after blocking
Cowl is knitted flat beginning with a provisional cast on. Live stitches are joined at the end with a three-needle bind off.
Provisional cast on (link provided), changing colors, three-needle bind off (instructions included).
Transitional stripes create visual interest in this simple, irresistible wrap in two colors of our superfine merino/super kid mohair Piper. Blocks of each color intermix with the next to blend the color changes into a soft and airy wrap for your shoulders.
20" [50 cm] wide and 60 ½" [153.5 cm] long
piper / 2 skeins each: lone oak 612 / pampa 615
one pair in size US 7 [4.5 mm]
20 sts and 27 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, after blocking
Long-tail cast on, carrying yarns while working stripes (links provided)
12¼" [31 cm] wide and 82½" [209.5 cm] long
tern / one skein each: stonington 412 / barnacle 402 / oyster 405 / buoy 407 / wampum 410 / seaweed 404
pair in size US 5 [3.75 mm]
23 sts and 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, after blocking
Scarf is knit flat.
Long-tail cast on (link provided), changing colors. Link provided for help with carrying yarns up the side of your work.