Pattern number 7 on my top ten pattern list is the Patience Cowl, a large double loop cowl with a swirl of reverse stocking stitch running around the outside.
Perfect for mini-skeins and leftover yarn, Patience was originally designed as a pattern to knit up with advent calendar mini-skeins, but it’s great for any time of year and will work well with amounts of 4ply/fingering-weight yarn from 5g up to 20g.
The pattern includes helpful information and suggestions about how to organise and order your mini-skeins, to get the effect that you’d like, whether that’s a more striped version or a fade-effect.
Today, I’m recommending two blog posts to accompany this pattern: one about dealing with casting on a large number of stitches and one about joining-in yarn. You’ll find “Big Cast On” by clicking here, where there are lots of tips about breaking down big cast ons into smaller chunks, and click here for “An Easy Way to Join-In Yarn” which explains a great way to join in new colours of yarn that avoids you having lots of ends to weave-in after knitting – always a bonus, in my opinion!
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