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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Yarn Base: CashSilk Sock
  • Yardage: 400-599
  • Project Type: Scarves/Cowls
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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One size- Finished Blocked Measurements: 14” (35.5 cm) x 36” (91.5) (circumference)


Expression Fiber Arts CashSilk Sock Yarn

Shown in colors: Rhythmic (C1) and Soft Serve (C2)

1 skein of each color needed

225 (206 m) to 280 (256 m) yds of each color were used in the sample, approx. total 505 (462 m) yds.

If these colors aren’t available, any from this category will work.


US size 6 (4 mm) 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge


Intermediate: This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/ concepts include simultaneously working with two yarns, basic colorwork techniques, carrying yarn up the back and across as floats, and knitting and joining in the round.

Notes From the Designer:

Jelm is a two-color, Fair Isle cowl that is ideal for everybody and is knitted using Expression Fiber Arts CashSilk Sock yarn. Knitted in the round, Jelm features alternating sections of Garter Stitch and two different stranded, colorwork motifs: Checkerboard and Speckled Trellis. Knitted using basic knit and purl stitches, this cowl is constructed from repeating sections of colorwork that are separated by Garter Stitch stripes. Because the colorwork in this cowl requires you to carry your non-working yarn across the inside of the piece, the finished cowl is incredibly thick, warm, and snuggly.

  • Jelm is a two-color, Fair Isle cowl that is knitted in the round and features alternating sections of Garter Stitch and two different stranded, colorwork motifs: Checkerboard and Speckled Trellis. If you’ve never knitted a Fair Isle design before, here are a couple of tips to ensure your success.
    • When working simultaneously with both colors of yarn, pick up the new yarn from underneath the old yarn whenever you change to the new color. This not only helps to keep your yarn organized, but also prevents any gaps or holes from forming in your knitting.
    • Be careful not to pull your yarn too tightly both when you’re changing colors, as well as creating floats on the backside of the piece. If you pull too tightly, it can create puckers on the frontside. You may find it helpful to evenly space the previously worked stitches on the needle before working the first stitch in the new color.
    • You also want to avoid knitting your color strands too loosely. Strands that are too loose can snag when the piece is worn.
  • At the end of this pattern, you’ll find several colorwork charts that provide a quick visual reference of the overall design.
  • If you knit Jelm with the suggested colors, or any combination of a very light color with a very dark, saturated color, I recommend that you knit a two-color swatch, and then wet block the swatch to check for dye fastness or the possibility that one color will bleed into the other. If you find that this is happening, you can always steam block your finished cowl to minimize this effect.
  • Finally, be sure to check your gauge against mine to ensure that you have enough yarn to complete the pattern.

Designed by Monica Wesley

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