A beautiful cowl that would be a fast-ish knit and still possible for gifting this holiday season. It is really and truly a lovely piece!
This is a free pattern from Knitty.com that you can find and download for yourself here.
The original piece was knit with a handspun gradient yarn. The designer, Christopher Kale, writes:
This deeply textured and cozy cowl was designed to show off a handspun gradient yarn, flowing smoothly from one color to the next.
It is framed by a lacy rib, which flows into a lace pattern which is left unblocked to accentuate the texture.
While I knit it with a 9-step gradient, it can be knit with any solid or semi-solid yarn; or gradient or self-striping yarn with long color changes.
It is a satisfying knit, and quick enough to grace the necks of all of your loved ones!
It is absolutely lovely in my oh-so-humble-opinion!
The Yarn and Colorways
Well, we do not have handspun gradient yarn for you here but we do have some really lovely colorways in Noro's Kureyon.
Kureyon is 100% wool and has 109 yards (100m)/ 50g skein. Two skeins will make up each kit and give you a bit more yardage than you need for this.
Now I know that some find Kureyon to be somewhat harsh to feel. I have to say that it softens up amazingly after being washed. The Noro folks try to keep the yarn making process as free of chemicals and additives as they can; as a result there are often bits of vegetable matter left as well.
The Kureyon yarn in particular is very close in look to a handspun --- the colors are awesome. Just wash gently when you are done and add a bit of hair conditioner to the rinse water. You will be pleased, I am sure.
We have a few colorways you can choose from. They have been given numbers instead of names though I will try to describe them as well as I can.
#92 is plethora of colors with black and purple, blue and turquoise, green, mauve, and a bit of gold into red. Honestly, each time I look at it I see more colors.
#408 is a vibrant rainbow: purple, kelly green, gray, rose, and some bright touches of orange.