Mesa: Colorwork inspired by home

I'm excited to introduce my first for-sale pattern this week! Mesa is a cowl inspired by the hues and shapes that compose the landscape of the American Southwest. Featuring sharp, geometric motifs against a background of subtle, variegated color, this cowl is a great beginning colorwork project, as the simple construction and repeating pattern will allow you to focus on refining your Fair Isle technique. The finished piece is double-sided and snuggly, making it especially warm and easy to wear — particularly if you splurge on a scrumptious yarn like Road to China Light for the inside color!

This cowl features two yarns that are long-time loves for me: Spincycle's Dyed in the Wool and The Fibre Company's Road to China Light. Both of these yarns achieve brilliance through synthesis — Dyed in the Wool with color mixing, Road to China Light with fiber mixing. To get you started, I've put together some kits at the Needle Lady in Charlottesville, Virginia — if you want to get your yarn from them, they will provide free shipping for orders in the US. Call the shop at 434-296-4625 and let them know you're interested in the Mesa cowl kits.

Dyed in the Wool in Huldra, Road to China Light in Topaz & Riverstone

Dyed in the Wool in Nostalgia, Road to China Light in Grey Pearl & Lapis

Dyed in the Wool in Payback, Road to China Light in Cobalt & Riverstone

Dyed in the Wool in Mississippi Masala, Road to China Light in Ruby & Riverstone

As for the pattern, it is available as a downloadable PDF through Ravelry for $6. Click here to check it out!