Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Knitting: Color Blocked Arm Knit Cowl (Tutorial)

Because my brain has this compulsion to keep iterating on an idea... even though I should have checked off the Arm Knit Infinity Cowl and moved on to the other things waiting for me I couldn't help but try a variation: color blocking.

I love it on sweaters and other apparel. Why not this cowl?

So I tried it in a couple of my favorite neutrals, grey and taupe. Very wearable, for me anyway.

And I tried it in charcoal and red. Kind of a lumberjack look. Reds are tricky. This is a bit too bright for me. Or maybe I just haven't found the right thing to wear it with.

But wouldn't this be fun in neon + grey? Or white + black?

Would you make one?  What colors?

Click through for the how-to.

P.S. **Do you crochet? I'm looking for testers for an earflap hat pattern in the works. If you are interested please email me with the subject "crochet tester" Thanks! ** 


You'll Need:
  • 2 skeins COLOR 1 yarn
  • 2 skeins COLOR 2 yarn
  • Your bare arms
  • My original tutorial
To make: follow my original Arm Knit Infinity Cowl tutorial  BUT switch your yarn color half way through. The pattern looks like this:

Color-Blocked Arm Knit Cowl Pattern
  1. Working with COLOR 1, hold two strands together and cast on 12 stitches.
  2. Knit every row for 10 rows.
  3. Cut a long tail (about 20 inches) and switch to COLOR 2. Knit 10 rows.
  4. Bind off all stitches
  5. Seam cast-on and bound-off edges together to form a giant loop.
  6. Weave in ends.
Here are a few photos for extra explanation:

After arm-knitting 10 rows with your COLOR 1 yarn (mine is charcoal grey in this example), cut a long tail (I like mine long enough to weave down the length to one of the ends so I can bury it in the seam when finishing), and then switch to COLOR 2. 

You can simply leave the tail of COLOR 1 hanging and then grab COLOR 2 and go to work, or you can tie the tail of COLOR 1 to what will be the tail of COLOR 2 and then start arm-knitting. I've tied a knot below:

After arm-knitting the 11th row your project will look like this:

Keep going and bind off, seam and weave in the ends as usual. Enjoy!


Seaweed and Raine said...

LOVE the neutrals!!! The red is cool too... Perhaps it could look good with taupe as well. I think I'll have to give it a go as the colder weather approaches (although we don't get the snow that you do).

Sheree xo

Crafted by Carly said...

Ooooooh - lovely! They look so soft and warm. I have to say that I like the red and grey best. Grey and yellow (or grey and lime green) would look wonderful too, I think.

fi said...

I can see how this arm knitting could quickly become addictive! I made a cowl yesterday while the baby was sleeping...I'm inspired to try a colour blocked one next:)

Olga Becker @ Kid Approved said...

Love this!

jeifner said...

Oh that's fun, I especially like the grey taupe one. About crochet-I could totally test a pattern for you if you want a total novice :)

Elena said...

I love these but felt a bit intimidated by it. I have seen them demoed before, but now I think I will give it try. I would love it in brown and taupe or black and white.

Mereknits said...

The cowl is gorgeous, but I swear you could make a paper bag look glamorous.

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