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Whether you're a sock maker or not, you might have at least one or two (or, hundreds!) sock yarn balls in your stash just like me. If you remember...  there's time that funky 'self-striping' yarns were so popular in sock knitting world. I do remember. One day I met this mind-blowing yarn ball that makes pattern by itself. Wow, such a life changing moment! It was such a hip thing to use the yarns like that little while but soon the fashion became yesterday's news.

unusual, different, reversible knitting stitch pattern for beginners

Now, I have a bunch of sock yarn balls in mysterious color ways. No more socks with those loud color ways, I commended myself. Then what? Thought about scarves or hats but again, it is still too hip for me or my hubby. (I guess we are not getting any younger.) But, I wanted to do something unusual and different with these unusual leftovers.

unusual, different, reversible knitting stitch pattern for beginners

After little bit of research and study I found something worth trying, something that might work. The goal is: saving the funky color ways of yarns yet creating awesome wearable. So I ended up staring this really really really (hundreds times!) simple, easy, and looking fabulous cowl. (The pattern is 4 rows repeats only! Technically, you don't even need to memorize it!) I used two different yarns: both sock yarns, by the way. It is called 'half linen stitch' and I worked in combo of self-striping color and mustard yellow. What do you think? Aren't they unexpectedly charming? Look at the backside. It is pretty reversible, right? Swee~t!

unusual, different, reversible knitting stitch pattern for beginners

free, easy, simple cowl knitting pattern for knit beginners

I am pretty sure other textured stitches such as linen stitch, herringbone stitch, moss stitch and etc. would work perfectly. It is surprisingly fun to explore the color development as you knit. You can play with many different combos of the colors as well as shades. I personally think the shade is more critical than colors in this particular stitch definition though.

easy, simple, unusual, textured knitting pattern for beginners

So, here we are. Do you have some yarns that you feel like not any more your cup of tea? Try this little experiment and see if it still does not turn you on. I am pretty sure you will see the new possibility of your old stash after all. Well, if you feel nothing then it's about time to let the yarn go and grab more of new balls. LOL~ Happy stitching and tell me how you play with your stashes!

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Soyun
Soyun

August 14, 2019

Lorraine,
Yes, every row.
Row 1: color a
Row 2: color b
Repeat Row 1 and 2~

Lorraine
Lorraine

August 14, 2019

How do you alternate your colours? Every row, alternate rows??

soyun park
soyun park

July 02, 2019

Cynthia,
Here it is.
It worked over an odd number of stitches
Round 1: Knit 1 *(slip 1 with yarn in front, k1) repeat from * to end of round
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: Slip 1 *(k1, slip 1 with yarn in front) repeat from * to end of round
Round 4: Knit
Repeat those 4 rows.

Cynthia
Cynthia

July 02, 2019

Thank you for sharing. Looks lovely. Can you post the pattern?

Soyun
Soyun

June 26, 2019

Hi Iris,
Yes, please do so. It is absolutely no brainer!
BTW, good luck with finishing up your pair of socks. Socks are fun and practical. So, I dig it, too. ;)

Iris
Iris

June 26, 2019

Love this! I hope to try it as soon as I finish the current pair of socks 🤣

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