Malabrigo Quickie Oil Paint Cowl by Amy van de Laar
After reading the proposal for this piece I was so very excited to see how it would turn out. The amazing designer Amy van de Laar used a fun new technique to create an amazing effect in this snuggly cowl she calls the Oil Paint Cowl.
I'm excited about this project for not only the opportunity to try something new, but also because I'm always looking for a new pattern that allows me to play with one of our wildly variegated yarns!
Now I could go on but I think it best to let Amy tell you all about this stunning pattern:
The Oil Paint Cowl pattern is now available on Ravelry! It's a cosy cowl with textured colour-play inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. The all-over colourwork pattern uses the brilliant ‘marlisle’ technique pioneered by Anna Maltz, which adds textural contrast and colour-mixing to stranded colourwork. The foreground pattern of brushstrokes is stranded using one colour only, and the background is worked in garter stitch with both colours held together.
I was lucky enough to visit an amazing Van Gogh exhibition last year at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the colours, textures, and movement of the paint ended up inspiring this cowl design. I suggest picking one of your own favourite paintings to help choose your yarn colours!
I knit my cowl using two skeins of Malabrigo Mechita (100% merino; 420yds/384m per 100g skein). To keep the brushstroke pattern well defined I chose the semi-solid colourway ‘Frank Ochre’ for the stranded stitches, which also shimmers beautifully in the marled garter stitch background. And to really bring out the impressionist painting effect, I chose the variegated colourway ‘Sheri’ for the background, to add extra richness and depth.
Oil Paint Cowl features:
- a cosy short cowl knit in the round from the bottom up
- all-over marlisle colourwork pattern of stylised brushstrokes
- techniques include stranded colourwork, and knitting in the round
- suitable for solid or semi-solid fingering-weight yarn with contrast between the two colours
- the background/MC also suits variegated yarn or colour gradients
- one size, easy to alter by changing the number of repeats
- pattern includes full written instructions as well as charts (made possible by the small 8-stitch repeat).
Because it’s my birthday this weekend, I’m offering a special discount of 20% off the price of this pattern until the end of Sunday the 14th - no coupon code needed!