Design Inspiration Revealed: Wendy D. Johnson’s Maple Leaves Gradient Cowl
1) How did you choose the kind of project you designed?
Lately I have been all about colorwork cowls. Being a woman of “a certain age” a stranded colorwork sweater is just too warm for me to even consider wearing, but I love knitting stranded colorwork. Cowls are the perfect solution, because they are incredibly handy and versatile in the winter. I like them better than a scarf for outdoor wear because they stay put better, and they are easily popped on indoors if the room is a little chilly.
2) What was the biggest challenge of designing this project?
My biggest challenge was charting the large leaf motif so that it actually looked like a maple leaf!
3) What was your favorite part of the process?
I love, love, love knitting colorwork with a gradient and a semi-solid because it makes the finished piece look far more complex than it really is. Watching the pattern emerge as I knit is always my favorite part of knitting colorwork, and it is why I can knit it so quickly: I’m so eager to see the design come to life that I knit faster!
4) Your favorite thing about the finished piece?
I love how perfectly suited the yarn is to the design. The finished cowl has an almost velvet look to it because of the depth of color in the yarn.
Here’s a snippet of one of the charts that reveals my dark secret: I chart all my colorwork designs using an Excel spreadsheet and a dingbat font! I never sketch with pencil and paper first, I always start with a blank spreadsheet!
–Wendy D. Johnson
Wendy’s website Wendy Knits
Maple Leaves Gradient Cowl pattern on Ravelry.
Maple Leaves Gradient Cowl Kit on the Knitcircus website.