- The Coast Salish stretchy colorwork technique tends to work up looser than traditional stranded knitting for many knitters, so you may find that you need to use a smaller needle for this technique. It’s quite surprising, because the opposite is normally true for stranded knitting.
- Many knitters need to go up a needle size to get the same gauge in the Two-handed Fair Isle colorwork technique than they do in one-color stockinette stitch.
A couple of years ago, I took a colorwork knitting class with Canadian designer Sylvia Olsen, author of Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns and Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater. In the class, I learned that the style of knitting used to make Cowichan sweaters – including the colorwork technique that has no floats – is the only 100% North American knitting tradition. I designed this cowl because I had so much fun in the class, I wanted to keep knitting with the two-color technique that we learned.
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Yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky
Yarn weight: Bulky (7 wpi) Gauge: 13 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in St st in the round
Needle size: US 10½ – 6.5 mm | US 11 – 8.0 mm Yardage: 324 yards (296 m)
Sizes available: Length: 17” (43cm) Circumference: 30” (76cm)