I started a new thing this weekend, an alt version of the new Watercolor Cowl from MDK Field Guide No. 16: Painterly.
Here’s Kaffe Fassett’s pattern.
Here’s what happened.
I got the kit for this project and immediately thought: I want very much to knit a bunch with each of the 15 colors—not just the little squares that the pattern calls for. This is no time for half measures.
Maybe I’m just high on the fumes of our conversation with Kaffe Fassett, but I need to tap into that massive rush that comes when you have to decide: do I go Sulfur or Zinnia?
What I Did Here
Alteration 1: Double the scale of the intarsia pattern. I like the geometry of the Watercolor Cowl a lot. Having just done the Kites pattern, I wanted to continue working bigger rather than smaller intarsia. Pattern calls for a 15-stitch motif; for this, each square is is 30 stitches wide.
Alteration 2: Reverse the background and foreground. The small square is now dark, and the background is the 14 other colors.
Alteration 3: Make a scarf, not a cowl. I’m thinking this is going to be a good deal larger than the cowl.
Innovation: Use straight needles. Rowan sent along a set of their new straight needles recently (very beautiful), and I had to give them a try. Highly recommended: there’s no scooching the color changes over the join of a circular needle. The long needles feel really strange in my hands, after using circs for so long. But I’m getting the hang of it.
Does MDK carry straight needles? No. But maybe we should?
What kit did you use? Watercolor Cowl Kit—Dark. 15 colors. It is almost identical to Watercolor Cowl Kit – Light. (Only two colors differ.) A lot of these are new colors Kaffe Fassett just designed for Rowan Felted Tweed. He’s into juicy saturateds, in case you can’t tell.
How many stitches did you cast on? 92. 90 for the three squares plus 2 edge stitches.
How do you decide what color goes where? Gut intuition. Kaffe picked this palette, so it’s hard to screw it up. The salmon and lavender remind me of Missoni palettes. Some of these colors are surprising next to each other.
What does the back side look like? It looks like a fun thing to listen to audiobooks to.
What about all those ends? Jen Arnall-Culliford’s how-to video is so tidy.
How big will your scarf be? I know it will be around 46 cm wide (18″). The length is going to be at long as I can make it before I get distracted by some other intarsia project.
How will you edge it? Either garter stitch log cabin panels 2 cm (1″) along each edge, or attached i-cord as in the pattern.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? Dressing.