Contrast and Color Knitting Patterns
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Brioche Cable Cowl
This reversible cowl features a brilliant contrast between variegated yarn and a neutral black or gray. Worsted yarn. Designed by Vanessa Ewing for Plymouth yarn. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
- Get the free knitting pattern with free registration at Annie’s
- Get the Knit and Crochet Now video tutorial for $3.99 (includes instruction for 2 patterns and other techniques)
- Get the recommended Plymouth Yarn Gina yarn at Amazon
Brighten My Day Shawl
Triangular shawl knit side to side in garter stitch alternates a self-striping yarn with contrasting color like black for a striking effect. Rated easy by Red Heart. Designed by Nancy J. Thomas
Melinda VerMeer designed this shawl to be knit with contrasting colors to resemble the wings of a butterfly. Because this is cast on with few stitches and expands, it easily can be adapted to different yarns or sizes.
- Get the original free knitting pattern
- Purchase an updated version with photo tutorial on Ravelry
- See the pictured project
Sista Claudia Cowl
Stranded cowl with a geometric pattern in neutral and contrasting gradient yarns. Designed by Claudia Eisenkolb. Available in English and German. Pictured project by bex_inreallife
Hiking Reindeer Cowl
This colorful cowl depicts a landscape of conifers silhouetted against a fiery sunset inspired by designer’s view on the way home in the Oxfordshire countryside. Fingering yarn. Designed by TheTwistedYarn
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the Stylecraft Head Over Heels yarn (Etna colorway) used in the cowl
- See more North Woods Knitting Patterns
Mitres in Motion Throw or Shawl
Simple decreases create the squares. The patchwork technique of adding squares as you go is done by picking up stitches along one side of the square to begin the next one. Each Square: 71/4inches x 71/4inches. Finished Dimensions of Shawl/Throw: 60inches x 30 inches.
Royal Quilting Hat
Betty P Balcomb’s 2-color pattern is surprisingly easy. Strands or floats are laid down on the right side of the fabric and then a couple rows later you lift the strand and catch it in a stitch to form the slightly draped diagonal lines.
Patterns for Purchase
Stranded colorwork cowl with contrasting graphic pattern inspired by photo half-tones. Three different edging options: garter stitch, tubular rib, and icord. DK or worsted weight yarn. Designed by handmade by SMINÉ
Rosie Accessory Set
Despite its appearance, this matching set with neck warmer, wristers and beanie is knitted with only 2 strands of yarn: a solid main solid color and a contrast variegated color, in a pretty rose/heart fair isle pattern, plus a simple picot edging for a feminine touch on the neck warmer and wristers.
A series of angled stripes in unpredictable colors fills this graphic infinite scarf cowl by Kyle Kunnecke
Pysanky Cowl and Mittens Set
Colorful accessories inspired by the tradition of Eastern European pysanky (Easter eggs)
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!