The Many Moods of Kos Neckwarmer
Jinx! We’re both knitting the Kos Neckwarmer right now. This is a fairly rare occurrence, but when it happens, I feel like all is right with the world. After all, when we first virtually waved at each other on ye olde Rowan message board, around the time of The Canterbury Tales, we were knitting the same cardigan (Deco, by Amanda Griffiths). They may have discontinued the yarn (Linen Drape), but we’re still here.
Thanks for your timely tips on making the Kos Neckwarmer. I’d like to think that I would have realized that the decreases that are marked on the colorwork chart have to be made every pattern repeat—all 16 of them—but you made sure that I did realize that.
Here’s an unscientific belief that I believe: an easy colorwork pattern actually knits up faster than plain stockinette. There is something about the rhythm of these sweet hearts that makes me go faster.
I asked the team at MDK World Headquarters to pick out a palette for me, and what a surprise, they gave me blues! I feel seen.
Norwegian Wool in Coastal Fjord (A), Wind Chime (B), Mountain Green (C), and Daphne (D).
It’s so well behaved. My Kos-in-progress was a curvy, curly wad of wool until I applied exactly one minute of steam, and then the stitches all straightened themselves up beautifully. The fabric is a double layer of lightweight warmth, floaty yet substantial.
She looked cold.
The minty fresh palette was perfect for the first snowy day we’ve had this year in NYC.
Parallel Dickie Universes
Thanks to Scandinavian childhoods, this is not Arne & Carlos’s first rodeo when it comes to dickies. If you’ve laid in some Norwegian Wool for the Setesdal Hat or Kos Neckwarmer, you’re likely to have some beautiful leftovers. I would like to put in a good word for adding to your dickie archive with one of these beautiful warmers. (The titles are links to Ravelry.com.)
I love the square shape and geometric motifs of this free pattern. The sample used 3 balls of Ribbon Red and 1 ball of Cloud Dancer.
Different yarn—Rowan Felted Tweed—but same gauge! Theo’s stylized florals are distinctive and spring-y. This is the dickie to wear with your Easter bonnet, or to set a proper seasonal tone at the Passover seder. The pattern takes 2 balls of Felted Tweed in one color, 1 ball in a second color, and less than 100 yards of 2 accent colors. And of course, you could easily make the switch to Norwegian Wool, for more Norwegianness.
This beautiful wearable, also in Norwegian Wool, dials the Arne & Carlos up to 11. It’s stunning, and so fun: it has tiger stripes on the back. Needless to say, it will go with everything.
Prepare your leftovers!