by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

New design ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes you just have an image in your mind. Sometimes you see something you like and it pushes you to create your own interpretation of it. Sometimes you find a stitch pattern and immediately know just the perfect project for it. And sometimes the yarn itself becomes the starting point.

Two years ago I bought a batch of Malabrigo yarns on WEBS. Caribeno shade of Malabrigo Sock (right between bobby blue and red-yellow skeins) was simply amazing, but it was that kind of perky variegated yarn, which looks too spotty and messy in crocheted fabric with its tall stitches.

Two years later I finally found the perfect way to showcase its gorgeous colors: combining it with a neutral color yarn (Malabrigo Sock in shade Natural) and using simple basic stitches (single crochet and chains). And this method works wonders!

The stitch patterns are simple and easy to memorize, the cowls are quick to make and one skein of each color is enough to crochet both cowls. And you can wear both cowls together!

The Tunisian crochet ribbing is worked around the edges of the cowls. It is crocheted with a regular hook, since there are no more than five loops on the hook at any time (no need to use a special Tunisian crochet hook!). If you are new to Tunisian crochet, you can find explanations of the stitches used in Yuliya's Tunisian crochet glossary.

Both patterns, Harbor Flecks and Rippling Arctic, are available individually on Ravelry, and as a part of an ebook, Winter Sailing.

Happy crocheting!

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