So I released this pattern earlier this year, at the tail end of winter, but it was very silly timing because it’s a WARM piece of knitting, a great fall/winter knit… so I held off on blogging about it until it made more sense to say… Hey, check out Mikkey! (on ravelry here) A cozy, thick, squishy, double layered cowl!
The stitch pattern is made with slipped stitches, one color worked at a time – it’s reversible and looks totally different on the two sides:
The pattern is for any gauge, best suited to yarns in the aran to bulky range, so you’ll get different looks with different weights. The grey+neons sample at the top is bulky; the above yellows+greens sample is aran; the red+aqua sample below is worsted held triple stranded, for a super bulky kind of weight.
You can choose from different sizes as well as weights, making it more or less wide, and as long as you like. The three samples shown represent different widths and lengths; widths+lengths can all be mixed and matched as you like (for example, the grey+neons sample is very wide, but the shortest length option – you can make it wide and longer, or short and less wide, etc).
This sample was made in awesome Space Cadet Elara bulky weight yarn (colors: Dark Skies, How Dare You, Tickled) – 3 skeins grey, 1 full skein orange, and 1 partial skein pink (exactly 290 yards / 265 meters used in main color, 190 yards / 175 meters used in contrasting colors); size US 13 (9mm) needles. It’s SO squishy and cozy!
The red+aqua sample was made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted, held triple stranded (Red, Lakeshore) – 2 full skeins each color (250 yards / 230 meters per skein, so approx the same as 333 yards / 305 meters of super bulky weight yarn total); size US 15 (10mm) needles.
And the yellows+greens sample below was made with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino heavy worsted (Filigree, Terrarium) – approx 75 yards / 70 meters of the dark shade, 35 yards / 30 meters of the light shade, and Jill Draper Makes Stuff Adirondack aran weight (Antique Gold, Straw into Gold) – approx 90 yards / 80 meters each color; size US 10 (6mm) needles. The combination of soft, single ply, subtly variegated merinos + more wooly, plied solids worked REALLY well here!
There are two versions of the pattern – a simple color version and a more advanced switching colors version. The simple color version looks good on its own, and it works very well to change colors in wide color blocks throughout, like you see in the sample above. The switching colors makes diagonal lines, zig-zagging around the whole thing, as the main color and contrasting color switch back and forth:
This version is best with just one main and one contrasting throughout, to avoid things getting too busy, but one of the colors could be a variegated or self-striping (the other a solid) if you like.
And then there’s the construction! This is a double-layered cowl that doesn’t twist at all, made with straps running through holes to join the one end to the other. (It’s actually the same construction concept as Superduper, so you can check out the diagrams over there if you want a visual of how it works – scroll down here.)
You can get different looks depending on how you wear it – which sides are facing out, straps in front or back, etc…
Folding the inner layer out a bit reveals the inside pattern, so both sides of the stitch pattern can be seen at once:
The straps are made long enough that they can be pulled through the holes to one end or the other, making the layers the same size, like above, or different length loops, like below.
You can pull the layers so the inner loop is snug around your neck, for extra warmth, the outer loop hanging down:
So that’s Mikkey! Super versatile, both in how you make it and how you can wear it. This pattern is definitely suited to making a few different versions for your winter accessory collection, since they can be made to be so different from each other!
Mikkey is the third pattern in my leethal Bulk Trio (on ravelry here), which also includes Lemmy and Wizzö (wondering about the names?) – so you can save by grabbing the whole trio for $12; each pattern alone is $6.
This pattern isn’t a very quick knit, but the other two can knit up very quickly, if you’re on the lookout for quick gift knits! The ebook for the Bulk Trio is just about to be released later today (the three patterns have been out for awhile, but I slacked on getting them grouped together into 1 pdf) – so you can save space on your computer/ipad/etc by using that single file with all 3 patterns instead of the 3 separate pdfs. Same patterns, just condensed a bit.
I hope if you make yourself a Mikkey that you post a project with photos on ravelry! I love to see your leethal projects!! Happy gift knitting season!