Chiaroscuro Cowl by Vincent Williams

Chiaroscuro Cowl

November 2020
both are used in this pattern
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch in pattern (worked in-the-round & blocked)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
390 - 400 yards (357 - 366 m)
small (large)
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This pattern is available from for $7.50.

My Chiaroscuro Cowl is a colorwork cowl that features a tubular cast on, graphic colorwork motifs, and a tubular bind off. These design elements create a beautifully, squishy worsted-weight fabric that is framed by two very polished edges. I envision the cowl being dressed up with a wool overcoat or leather jacket for a fancy evening in the city, but it would also look lovely paired with a casual-chic aesthetic. The design pulls inspiration from the strong contrast of light and dark, intricately carved calabash lampshades, and graphic African beadwork. Fun color combinations and techniques in one small project, this makes for the perfect everyday, easy-to-wear cowl!



4 skeins Vidalana Ambient Worsted (100% Peruvian highland wool 100 yds, 50 g each)

1 skein Cascade 220 (100% wool 220 yds, 100 g each)

or 400 yards of any worsted weight yarn (200 yds MC, 200 yds CC).

Finished Dimensions:

Small - 22” circumference x 11.5” tall

Large - 33” circumference x 11.5” tall

Skill level: Intermediate 3/5

Gauge: 17sts & 20 rows/4” or 10cm in pattern, worked in-the-round (blocked)

Needles & Notions:

US 7 / 4.50MM 24” (or 32”) circular needle

(2-3) Stitch markers (optional)

Row counter (optional)

Blunt Tapestry Needle


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