Floral Knit Cowl

floral double knit cowl

This floral cowl was a fun excuse to learn a new skill. I designed the chart and knit it as a double-knit, so the inside and outside are the same pattern but inverse colors. I figured a little cowl is just a tube so it should be quick and easy to knit, right? Ha! 40 hours of knitting later (and one stripe less than I originally planned!) it’s finally done. But it was worth every (slow) stitch because it’s bright and fun and happy and cheerful and cozy.

bright floral cowl neutral side

I knit this from Sublime cashmere-merino-silk DK weight yarn given to me by Minerva Crafts for being a part of their blogger network. It’s a lovely yarn and I would be very happy to use it again in another project. In fact, I’d be tempted to use this same selection of colors to knit myself a little cardigan or a simple pullover. It’s great to work with, soft on the hands and doesn’t split. And the fiber blend is luxurious. I want to wrap my whole self in it!

striped floral cowl color

Double knitting was fun to tackle and really not hard to pick up, albeit slow. If I do it again, I should probably learn how to hold the yarn so I can knit more quickly (there must be a way). Conceptually, I find double knitting really interesting – twice the number of stitches are cast on and then every other stitch is knit so it goes to the front and every other stitch is purled so it makes a knit stitch on the back. With both yarns in back, you knit a stitch with one color, bring both yarns to the front, and purl with the other color. This makes one stitch in front and one stitch in back. Every time that you change colors you connect the front and back of the piece together so it becomes a really thick fabric instead of a front and back that are loose from each other.

roses cowl double knit seamstresserin

I thought that I was long past the time in my knitting career that knitting a tube would make me really happy, but I’m always glad to surprise myself :)

white roses bright rose cowl

As I said, I designed this stitch chart myself. I’d love to see it used (for a cowl or anything else), so download a free copy for yourself on Ravelry.

floral pattern tiled

I designed the pattern to tile (even though I only ended up using one vertical repeat), so I’ve got to come up with another project to use it (stranded, not double this next time!) because I want more!! Or, do me a favor and use the chart in your own project and then share pictures with me!!

double knit floral cowl

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  1. Wow! I am impressed! That is a gorgeous cowl. I love both sides so much! I’m in the middle of trying to conquer cabling so this sounds complicated yet amazing! Beautiful work! I’m always so amazed when you people chart these things out. My brother can do this too… although his designs aren’t this floral. :)

  2. It’s a lovely cowl. Amazing that you designed the pattern yourself and it is beautifully knitted. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  3. Wow, this is super impressive. I love the colours you have chosen too, so cheery. I have never given double knitting a go, seems like something fun to try once I finish my other knitting projects!

  4. Wow this is seriously impressive! I don’t know how to knit but i’d love to learn someday & be able to make this (though it sounds very complicated!)

  5. It’s really beautiful! The colors are great, so is the pattern. And double-sided knitting, that’s impressive, I didn’t know you could do that! But that’s a great idea. Beautiful cowl. I wish I could do the same :-)

  6. This cowl turned out just great! The subtle striping is really nice and it is generous of you to share the floral chart. I hope others use the chart and post their results. I’m eager to see more projects in this design. Wish I could feel the yummy Minerva yarn on line.

  7. This is LOVLEY. You are very talented and I just love your use of colors! Keep designing – we need more intarsia loving designers out there.

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      Thanks! I really appreciate the compliment and it’s nice to hear from another colorwork fan!

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