Idea of the North

I made my first attempt at colorwork with a two-color stranded knit cowl. I looked around for a fun pattern that wasn’t too detailed. I settled on the Idea of North cowl by Tanis Knits. The pattern repeats itself 3 times, inverting the colors in the middle repeat. The Madelinetosh DK yarn in colorway Esoteric caught my eye in my LYS Pins and Needles in Princeton, New Jersey. The rich blueish-green-teal pops out against the background of the colorway Paper.

While looking intimidating, the stranded knitting went smoothly. I had trouble with the yarns twisting around, needing to stop every couple of rows to untwist the two balls of yarn. But it was fun to see the pattern growing in my colors. And the finished cowl feels durable and thick thanks to the stranding on the backside. I’m excited to try another two color project again soon. Any suggestions on keeping the yarns untwisted while working would be appreciated!

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Midway through the Idea of North cowl.

After weaving in loose ends and blocking, I took advantage of a fresh dusting of snow to snap a few pictures.

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