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.
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 8¾" [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 6¼" [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)
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 60½" [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)