#FreeYourSkeins2015 Day 16: ‘PaintBoxes Cowl’ by Susan Ashcroft

'PaintBoxes Cowl' by Susan Ashcroft. Image Copyright Susan Ashcroft.
‘PaintBoxes Cowl’ by Susan Ashcroft. Image Copyright Susan Ashcroft.

Get out your paints and have a play.

The fabulous PaintBoxes Cowl by Susan Ashcroft is today’s pick of the day, and with good reason. It’s a great pattern which uses mosaic knitting on the bias to create the colour work effect. It’s a pattern that has been out a while, which you probably noticed when it was first released, but which may have slipped your mind since. Susan Ashcroft has a plethora of wonderful designs for cowls and shawls in particular, with several created purely to make the most of highly variegated or handspun yarns. If this cowl doesn’t quite grip your needles, I highly recommend you check out her other offerings, many of which are one skein wonders or make use of smaller leftover skeins.

I see this cowl working best in quite a smooshy semi solid paired with a self stripe, perhaps in single ply. Alpaca blends would work nicely too. You’ve always got the socks suitable blends option as well, but bear in mind they will keep more structure due to the twist and fibre content. Variegated yarns would produce quite a jazzy effect; consider teaming a tonal variegated with a semi solid which also matches the tones, if you’d like a calmer option.

What would you knit yours in?

#FreeYourSkeins2015 is a Project 365 by The Golden Skein. Want to find out more about it? Check out this page for details.

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