I am a sucker for clever patterns. Especially when the cleverness isn’t super hard but looks so perfect, it makes you feel like a knitting superstar! Foolproof has proven to be just one of those clever patterns that turn out amazing and make you want to knit it over and over again in every yarn in your stash!
Pattern: Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn: Lotus Yarns Mimi, 100% Mink yarn, 1 skein each of black and white
Needles: Size 5, 24″ circular needles
Special Notes: This pattern includes instructions for skinny yarn and medium weight yarn, for a smaller or larger cowl. One skein of each color of Mimi was more than enough to complete the cowl as written, and I probably could have added a little bit more length, if I wanted. Mimi is super light but very warm – the perfect yarn for a winter accessory. We have put together kits of this yarn and pattern for those of you who want to give it a try! I really want to make another one of these for the gift stash!
Louise Zass-Bangham originally designed this cowl as a mystery knitalong and it must have been so much fun! You begin by knitting a garter stitch triangle, increasing as you would for a triangular shawl. Once your triangle is big enough, you put one side of it on hold, and work from the other side, knitting half of the circumference of your cowl.
When it’s long enough, you go back, pick up the stitches you left on hold, and knit the other half. In the end, you join the two halves in such a clever way, you can’t even tell which end was the start and which was the finish! The pattern provides instructions for this fun, asymmetrical stripe sequence, but you can improvise your own or even use self-striping yarn. You just have to try it – really!
With the designer’s permission, we have put together Foolproof Cowl kits for sale here at the shop! We’ve chosen coordinating colors of Mimi, 100% Mink from Lotus yarns for the lightest warmest cowl you can imagine.