October KAL – Colormatic


Join me October 3rd for a mystery KAL to create a fabulous cowl featuring four colors of gorgeous Kenzie yarn.  I am recently obsessed with color knitting (subject of my next book) and am very excited to bring you this new pattern!

Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning.

Colormatic magically combines colors and stitch patterns for high impact.  Four skeins (one of each color) will yield a cowl up to 32″.  Eight skeins (two of each color) will yield an infinity cowl up to 68″ to wear fashionably doubled.

The toughest part of the pattern is color selection – they are all beautiful!  Look here for a complete listing of colors. The featured sample was knit with #1000 Pavlova (natural), #1006 Kumara (orange), #1007 Kiwi (bright green) and #1009 Oceania (navy).  I can’t wait to see what colors you choose.

The design is lots of fun for both novice and veteran color knitters.  I will have new videos, of course, to help you along the way and questions are monitored daily.  Beware, EVERYONE will want you to knit one for them – it makes a great Holiday gift.

Need more incentive?  Completed cowls may be entered in the prize drawing to win a set of addi Clicks generously supplied by our sponsor, Skacel Collection.

Here is how the KAL works:

A portion of the four-part mystery pattern is revealed each Thursday at 9am EDT beginning October 3rd at knitpurlhunter.com   Questions are answered daily both on the website and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  There is no registration and it’s FREE!


Size – Small 24-32″ (Large up to 68″)

  •   4 (8) skeins Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils 1(2) each in four different colors.
  • US #7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  •  US #8 (5mm) 16” circular needle
  •  Size G or H crochet hook
    • Waste yarn – 2 yards
    • Removable stitch markers

Gauge  – Approximately 20 stitches = 4 inches with smaller needle.

21 thoughts on “October KAL – Colormatic

  1. I just transferred onto the larger needles and realized I have 86 stitches instead of 84. I have done the pattern correct ,except for 4 (knit CC ) at the end of row 1. Can I knit 2 together at the end of row 2, or should I just leave the 86 stitches?

  2. If your width is good then you are fine. You need not worry about your row gauge since all you need to do is knit to the suggested length. We will keep continuing with the tube that was started in Part 1. We are creating something like a flexible pipe that will be joined in the end.

  3. I am still having problems with the gauge. Is there a common multiple for this project? I realize number one needed to be an even number so the Saw Tooth pattern works.

    As I have 51 rows for my 6 inches. The width is not much of a problem now. Do want the project to look nice and be comfortable to wear.

    Any help you can give me now without too many hints for your mystery. I am using a size 7 needle.

  4. The beauty about thinner stripes is that you do not need to cut the yarn at each color change. Simply drop the unneeded yarn to the back of the work and continue with the new color. This definitely keeps the yarn tails to a minimum.

  5. In the Set Up section it states, “With crochet hook and waste yarn, cast on 84 stitches onto smaller needle using Provisional Cast On method.” Part One only uses the smaller needle.

  6. I have a question about the Oct. KAL 2013: the pattern lists 2 sized needles, but the instructions do not tell which size to use to start the project. I might be missing something, but I’ve checked twice. Please help. Thank you for your time.

  7. The 84 stitches are knit in the round creating a tube. The tube is knit to 16″ (size Large) for each section. When the tube is lying flat, it measures approximately 7″ across – the circumference of the tube is 14″. Does this help?

  8. I’m in quandary cast on 84 sts and kint for 16 inches color a and b
    are you making the rows length or width as you show it 7 inches I get you are sewing it
    together but by the designs one is one way and you are saying another.I have never
    knit a cowl . I am really confused

  9. You yarn sounds lovely! Skacel generously opens the contest to all knitters so you may enter the prize drawing. Looking forward to knitting with you tomorrow!

  10. Hi Michelle, I have been spinning and dyeing some llama, wool and mohair for this KAL. Is the Kenzie yarn required in order to qualify for prizes?

  11. It is based on in the round and stockinette. Because the cowl doesn’t have to “fit”, gauge isn’t terribly crucial. Knit a swatch and if you like the tension and it is close to my gauge then you are good to go!

  12. Hi there!! Can’t wait for the new KAL to start!! One quick question – Is the gauge based on stockinette in the round? Unblocked?

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