Monday, December 30, 2013

Striped Garter Stitch Cowl

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Oh garter stitch!  You are the bee’s knees. 

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This cowl is made from stuff I already had, worked back and forth on forty stitches—I think—using US 6 needles and changing colors as I felt like it, until it seemed long enough to wrap twice around my neck, then I bound it off, sewed the short ends together, and crocheted on an edging.

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I’m so happy to have found a use for that bright yellow yarn.  Here’s a nugget of wisdom—if you pair a crazy bright with something neutral in close quarters, as in these two-row garter stitch stripes, the neutral can take some of the zing out of the crazy color.  Neutrals can also make brights shine like mad, too, acting as a foil for their brilliance, and the only way I can know which way it will go is to give it a try and see what happens.  Luckily, doing that is the most fun thing in the world.  Color theory fascinates me.

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It’s pretty big.  Very snuggly.  Mmmmmm.

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34 comments:

  1. I love this!! I need to go root through my stash and play with this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. i love this, too! such happy colours! love the crochet boarder, too

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  3. Lovely. The colors are really soft and pretty.

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  4. Oooooh that's lovely, loving the colours. Might just have to give that one a try - thank you !
    Kate
    justpootling.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. This has come out really well, you have a good eye for colour x

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  6. It looks like such a lovely snuggly cowl! Love your advice about mixing colours too. Happy New Year! xx

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  7. Oh how divine Kristen, I love the colours you have chosen. And a big fat YES to garter stitch, so comforting xox Penny

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  8. Pretty, snuggly and yummy. I love it. Happy New Year.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Wonderful. Very cleverly done, and beautifully executed, as always.

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  10. Love,love the colors! But then again, purple and yellow are best friends! Great job! :)

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  11. what a great idea to use up all the bits and pieces, it looks so snuggly
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. The colours work really well together, love the crocheted edge........it really finishes it off

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  13. Gorgeous. It will suit you.
    Sara

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  14. You are right, the colors do complement each other. Now I want one just like it

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  15. It's gorgeous! I love it! I'm not much of a knitter, so this is probably a silly question, but did you cut the yarn every time you changed colour, or did you just change the two colours at the ends and that's hidden by the crochet border?

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    1. Nope, I didn't cut the yarn--I just carried it along the side. :)

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  16. You always have a most excellent way with anything striped. Love the yellow.

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  17. Beautiful and bright :) have a wonderful holidaya

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  18. I love it! *whispers* have just thrown in the towel and started the seed stitch thingy in garter stitch and think I might be going to love it

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  19. That looks so snuggly, and the colours look fantastic together. I love the look for garter stitch!

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  20. It's really great how you paired those colors together and it all goes so well! While reading the post and I was thinking over my stash to see if I had enough to make one too...and I totally do! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  21. Kristen, I so agree with you about how much fun it is to play with color. It's a game that always promises something new.

    Sometime in the "last century" I knit a sort of patchwork pullover sweater with a design of interlocking tall triangle shapes. Amongst those triangles were some colors that harmonized, some that did not, and scattered throughout were a few dashes of a bright Cadmium Yellow. I was wearing that sweater on one of the occasions when I had the opportunity to chat with Kaffe Fassett and he definitely admired my daring to add that yellow to the mix.

    I still enjoy wearing that sweater.

    I wish you a very Happy, and color-filled, New Year! xo

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  22. Love, love, love. I like the way you put the colors together and the crochet edging. It's inspired me to raid my stash. Have a Happy (and creative) 2014!
    Keep 'em coming!

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  23. love stripes and LOVE garter! a winning combination for sure! it's beautiful kristin!

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  24. Oh, Kristen, I love that cowl!!! Gorgeous colors! also, love your washcloths in the Jan. 2 post. Yes, use them. Enjoy now! Hygge! xxoo. JO

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  25. So glad I have your posts to look forward to love the cowl as well as the face cloths..sweet! ♥️ :)

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  26. I really loved this cowl and when my son asked me to make a Slytherin scarf for his friend I thought of this pattern. I posted it in Ravelry and linked to your site and this blog post. I hope that is OK. I'm always a little confused about copyright, credit and proper linking. Please feel free to straighten me out if I've messed it up.
    Link to my project: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/redjeep/slytherin-cowl In any case, thanks so much for your inspiration.

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  27. May I ask which yarn you used? It's so lovely I'd like to try myself!

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    1. It was all scraps and leftovers--looking at the picture, I can tell you the dark yellow was Plymouth Encore, and the pale blue is my favorite Patons Classic Wool in "Seafoam", but other than that, I'm helpless. Some of it was thrifted anyway, someone else's leftovers, so there is no way to know exactly. If you choose colors you love, yours will look fabulous. Good luck! :)

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