Chunky fair isle cowl

On a recent trip to Shetland with my bicycle I had to pack everything into two panniers and had promised myself I wouldn't acquire anything, not even yarn. Ha. After a couple of days slowly riding up the hills with plenty of time to observe the constantly shifting colours of the landscape I couldn't resist this armful of blues, golds and rich browns.


    A sampler of some of my favourite nought and cross and peerie patterns allow the colours to shine in a subtly shaded pattern, although two colours would be equally effective. Stranded colour work in Aran weight creates a fabulously warm fabric with plenty of body that means the loose cowl can stand up to protect your nose from the wind or be pulled down into attractive gathers. Pyukkleen is an excellent first stranded colour work pattern with its geometric patterns, short floats and lack of steeking.



  • YARN

    Aran weight yarn
    Shown in Jamieson of Shetland’s Shetland Heather Aran (100% Shetland wool, 101 yds / 92m, 1.76oz / 50g)
    C1 — 692 Oceanic
    C2 — 998 Autumn
    C3 — 101 Natural Black
    C4 — 107 Mogit
    C5 — 1060 Cedar
    C6 — 1070 Woodnymph
    C1: 95 yds / 87m
    C2: 80 yds / 73m
    C3 – C6: 50 yds / 45m


    Stitch marker, darning needle, scrap yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on.

  • Technique Thursday - Colour dominance
    Technique Thursday - Crochet provisional cast on
    Technique Thursday - Choosing colours



20 sts and 20 rounds = 4" / 10cm in stranded colourwork in the round




Aran weight yarn
Shown in Jamieson of Shetland's Shetland Heather Aran

Needles and notions

Size 9 US / 5.5mm 24" / 60cm circular

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