Chromaticity Cowl

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Nothing is quite so pleasing to me as stacks of perfectly nesting little hexagons. Reminiscent of the quilting technique of English Paper Piecing, these little hexies are a great way to play with color. Pick your own rainbow of colors, or choose a palette of neutrals. If you love one color intensely, highlight it with a background neutral colors as in the smaller version. The color possibilities are endless.


Yarn: Fingering weight yarn. 180[240] yds of MC, 90[120] yds of CC1, and 30[40] yds each of CC2, CC3, CC4, CC5, CC6, OR 90[120] yards of CC2 for alternate chart. Large sample shown in Knitted Wit Fingering (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 200 yds/50 g) in Silver Lining (MC), Madge (CC1), Paprika (CC2), Holly & Ivy (CC3), Buckle My Shoes (CC4), Golden Delicious (CC5), Toffee Crunch (CC6). Small sample shown
with alternate chart in Cephalopod Skinny Bugga (80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon; 444 yds/4 oz) in Montauk Monster-C10 (MC), Chester Cricket-C04 (CC1), & Grey Scalloped Bar Butterfly-C07 (CC2).
Needles: 20-inch [24-inch] (50-cm [60-cm]) length circular needles in sizes 3.25mm (US3) & 2.75mm (US2). Plus a needle of the same or longer length in a 2.25mm (US1)
Gauge: 28 sts & 36 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette colorwork after blocking.
Finished Sizes: 24[33] inches (61[83] cm) circumference & 8 inches (20 cm) tall.
Notions: crochet hook & waste yarn for provisional cast on, stitch marker, tapestry needle for grafting and weaving in ends.
Pattern Includes: Colorwork charts and written instructions with links to tutorials.
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog.


This pattern is part of the Modern Colorwork Collection. The whole collection can be purchased for $18.

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Comments 11

  1. Deb wrote:

    How do I purchase this pattern. There isn’t a link on ravelry to add to my store. It says avail for purchase $6. Help

    Posted 04 Aug 2013 at 9:55 PM
  2. Mim wrote:

    Chromaticity will be released on Wednesday. Sorry for the confusion. In order to have all the stuff set up properly (including the ebook) I have to have all the pieces from the collection up BEFORE I release any of them. I’ll be updating this page and the Ravelry page with the purchase info on Wednesday.

    Posted 05 Aug 2013 at 6:29 AM
  3. Justine wrote:

    Great design, I would like to knit it but I don’t understand the yardage requirements. It looks like hexagons in 6 colors so why is more yarn required for CC1 than for CCs 2 through 6?

    Posted 18 Aug 2013 at 7:00 PM
  4. Mim wrote:

    Hi Justine, the reason for that is because the facings are knit in CC2, so CC2 not only has the row of hexagons like all the other CCs, but also the inside of the hems on top and bottom of the cowl.

    Posted 15 Sep 2013 at 7:35 PM
  5. Chris wrote:

    Will there be an option for a smaller version, perhaps leaving out a pattern repeat? This cowl will be too big around for me.

    Posted 21 Dec 2013 at 4:20 PM
  6. Mim wrote:

    Hi Chris, there are two size version included, but it would be very easy to just change your cast on number and make it smaller or larger. 🙂 Just increase or decrease in a multiple of 10 stitches!

    Posted 30 Dec 2013 at 11:48 AM
  7. Gaby wrote:

    Hi, I would like to know what is the recommended method for color work. For most of it stranded could work but I realise now, as i am starting row 1 of the color work that stranded may not be the best for this particular row. Thank You.

    Posted 15 Oct 2014 at 9:09 AM
  8. Mim wrote:

    Hi Gaby, this cowl is meant to be worked stranded. You should catch your floats periodically on the long runs.

    Posted 15 Oct 2014 at 9:30 AM
  9. Gaby wrote:

    Thank you!

    Posted 15 Oct 2014 at 9:42 AM
  10. Linnette Garber wrote:

    I found this pattern confusing and went to the website for the tutorial on the matching folded hem and didn’t find it.

    I am an experienced knitter and I’ve had to figure out a way to make the end work, but I’m not happy.

    Posted 30 Nov 2017 at 8:38 AM
  11. Mim wrote:

    Hi Linnette, I’m sorry you had a hard time with the pattern. The tutorial you were looking for is linked in the pattern. It’s here: I realize that you’ve already figured out something else, but I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s really kind of fun.

    Also, if you’re having a problem with a pattern, it’s always best to contact me through the contact form on this site for support. I’m happy to help.

    Posted 30 Nov 2017 at 9:13 AM

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