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Oscillare – an easy colorwork cowl

When I first handled this new Merino/alpaca blend from Malabrigo, I knew immediately that I wanted it close to my skin. With two skeins of yarn, a cowl seemed to be ideal. Using mosaic colorwork created a beautiful pattern that is deceptively easy to work. All you are doing is knitting stripes and slipping stitches – but it looks much more impressive! And since you are knitting in the round the only purling is for the ribbing at the top and bottom.

The ribbing is worked in a smaller needle to keep it neat and then you go up a couple of needle sizes to allow the slipped stitches to have a little give. When you work mosaic at a tight gauge it becomes a very dense fabric and I wanted to create a tall cowl that would collapse down in waves of softness and color. The more open gauge allowed this to happen and makes the knitting that much faster. The ribbing prevents curling.

I chose to use this soft pink and gray color palette, but you could easily change it up to create an accessory that will blend with your personal style and wardrobe. Luckily this yarn comes in amazing colors!