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I always end the year with a lot of random bits and partially used balls of fingering-weight yarn.  Magic Ball Cowl is the perfect project for using a bunch of these bits and pieces.  This simple, textured cowl features panels of stockinette, a 12 stitch reversible cable, and linen stitch.  The result is a subtle pattern of vertical textured stripes combined with the horizontal stripes which are a result of the color changes within the magic ball.

Normally, I would agree that there are no knots in knitting. However, the magic knot is an excellent way to turn lots of tiny balls of yarn into a larger ball.  A magic ball will provide you with lots of surprising color changes throughout the project.  I was inspired by Katie of Inside Number 23, who did an excellent blog post about making a magic ball.  Here are some links to magic knot tutorials:

Of course, if you prefer a monochromatic look, Magic Ball Cowl would work well in a solid or tonal yarn too.

Magic Ball Cowl Knit Pattern

  • Skills: Knit, purl, join for working in the round, slip purlwise, reversible cable



    • Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm) 16 inch (40. cm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
    • 110 grams of fingering weight yarn scraps or  mini skeins made into a magic ball
    • 12 stitch markers
    • Cable needle
    • Tapestry needle



    Recommended Yarns:

    Any fingering weight yarns, either scraps or minis that you have made into a magic ball.  I used a lot of 5g balls of yarn that my husband got me in the form of a yarn bouquet.  Play around with color and texture.  My cowl had a lot of Madeline Tosh Merino Light and some leftover Verdant Gryphon Skinny Bugga.  I would like to do a second version that uses more speckled yarns.





    All gauge measurements were taken after blocking the swatch.

    25 stitches and 46 rows over 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

    46 stitches and 52 rows over 4” (10 cm) in linen stitch.

    6 cable pattern repeats over 4” (10 cm).



    Magic Ball Cowl is 10”/25cm x 14”/35.5cm.

    The circumference is 20”/50cm

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