Doineann – A Stormy Cowl

A colourwork cowl with purple waves against a grey background on the outside and grey swirls against a purple background on the insideThis cowl is an idea I came up with around this time last year. I’d just done some stranded colourwork and inspired by the idea of a tempest I wanted to create a cowl which represented a stormy sea. I love how it came out. I picked the yarns out of my stash where they’d been waiting for a couple of years but they felt so perfect for this cowl. The grey waves toss in a stormy sea outlined in purple reflected from a stormy sky, while on the other side the grey outlines the whipping winds against a purple sky.

A close up on the grey swirls against a purple backgroundDoineann is knit from the bottom up starting with the wind side, then moving to the waves.  The provisional cast on and the final row are grafted together giving you four gorgeously warm layers of wool (two knitted layers and two layers of strands carried across the back) in one cowl. It is super warm and squishy cuddled into the top of your coat! The main and contrast colours swap between the inside and outside so you can switch it up to match your favourite outfit or give a pop of colour – just pick your two favourite colours and get started!

I chose to use a provisional cast-on and graft together at the end for a truly neat and seamless finish. If you’ve never done Kitchener Stitch in purl before I promise it’s actually easier than doing it in knit – and I’ve included a photo tutorial!

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