It’s become more than evident to me that I cannot get enough of 1) neutrals and 2) cowls. First came the White Caps Cowl, a play of textures in soft creams; next the Shawl Collar Cowl, like a folded cloud; then the Salt + Pepper Cowl, a blend of crisp heathery fibers; and now, the latest addition to this mini-collection, the Ombre Cowl!

This Ombre Cowl explores the complexity of subtle shifts in shade and texture by combining three yarns of differing weights and fibers. Jade Sapphire’s sumptuous Zageo 6 Ply Cashmere starts the journey and grounds the bottom edge, while Madeline Tosh’s hand dyed Tosh Merino Light dominates the middle section, and floating along the top is Alchemy’s Haiku, a weightless silk and mohair blend.

In a gently rippling slip stitch pattern, these three fibers flow into one another with such harmony and grace that my love of neutrals (and cowls!) may be just beginning!

Make your own exploration into this fascinating world of fiber-play with our Yarn for Ombre Cowl kit. Choose from three beautiful colorways: Gray (pictured here), Navy and Natural. -Laura

Materials

Get all the yarn you’ll need to make this cowl with our Yarn for Ombre Cowl kit. Each one includes…

  • Yarn A: 1 skein of Jade Sapphire’s Zageo 6 Ply Cashmere, 100% Mongolian Cashmere.
  • Yarn B: 1 skein of Madeline Tosh’s Tosh Merino Light, 100% Superwash Merino Wool.
  • Yarn C: 1 skein of Alchemy’s Haiku, 60% Kid Mohair, 40% Silk.

Choose from three colorways…

Gray

  • 1 skein of Zageo 6 Ply Cashmere in Sterling
  • 1 skein of Tosh Merino Light in Silver Fox
  • 1 skein of Haiku in Platinum

Navy

  • 1 skein of Zageo 6 Ply Cashmere in Blue Steel
  • 1 skein of Tosh Merino Light in Dr. Zhivago’s Sky
  • 1 skein of Haiku in Cornflower Blue

Natural

  • 1 skein of Zageo 6 Ply Cashmere in Driftwood
  • 1 skein of Tosh Merino Light in Antique Lace
  • 1 skein of Haiku in Husk

You’ll also need…

  • US #8, 16-inch circular needles
  • US #6, 16-inch circular needles
  • US #4, 16-inch circular needles

Gauge

6 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in Heel Stitch, using Yarn A on US #8 needles

7 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in Heel Stitch, using Yarn B on US #6 needles

8 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in Heel Stitch, using Yarn C on US #4 needles

To swatch Heel Stitch…

Cast on 24 stitches (or any even number).

Row 1: *K1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 3 or 4 inches from cast on edge.

Size

Finished circumference at top edge: 17 inches

Finished circumference at bottom edge: 26 inches

Finished height: 16 1/2 inches long

Notes

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise with yarn in back.

For assistance with knitting stripes in the round, please visit our tutorial right here.

All shaping is accomplished with needle size changes. No decreasing in pattern.

Pattern

Begin

With Yarn A and US #8 needles, cast on 150 stitches.

Place marker and join for working in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: *P1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 2 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: Knit.

Next Round: *K1, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last two rounds until piece measures 3 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: With Yarn B and US #6 needles, knit.

Next Round: With Yarn A and US #8 needles, *k1, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last two rounds until piece measures 6 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: With Yarn B and US #6 needles, knit.

Next Round: With Yarn B and US #6 needles, *k1, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last two rounds until piece measures 10 1/2 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: With Yarn C and US #4 needles, knit.

Next Round: With Yarn B and US #6 needles, *k1, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last two rounds until piece measures 13 1/2 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: With Yarn C and US #4 needles, knit.

Next Round: With Yarn C and US #4 needles, *k1, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last two rounds until piece measures 16 1/2 inches from cast on edge.

Finish

Bind off loosely using US #6 needles, or use the US #8 if you tend to bind off tightly.

Weave in the ends and gently block your cowl.