boilermaker and mass transit

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some things—and some people—are just destined to be paired. what’s good on its own is suddenly great when the other is in the mix.


it’s like that with my friend chris from briar rose—we’re not attached at the hip, but whenever we work together, it feels like magic is in the mix.


this time, it’s a bevy of delicious cowls, knit up in easy to master color work patterns using her fourth of july and our bare naked wools confection sport. yowza.


the coolest thing about these projects is how many, many options you have—with just one pattern, one skein of dyed yarn and two shades of undyed yarn, you can knit three generously sized short cowls or one lo-o-ong cowl and one short one. but that’s not the best part.


the best part is that if you desire it, each one of those pieces can look completely different from the others. you’re friends will be aMAZed.


these are but a few of the combinations you could knit for the boilermaker cowl alone.

and if color’s not your thing, well . . .


you still have options.

(if you start now, you could knit a good number of them by the time the holidays are upon us.)


seriously, these could really put a dent in that holiday knitting list you’ve got going—and with so little effort, it’s almost criminal (but deliciously so).


shown above: mass transit cowl, size small, knit with briar rose fibers fourth of july (blue), combined with bare naked wools stone soup DK (marble and granite)

shown below: boilermaker cowl, size small, knit with briar rose fibers fourth of july (green), combined with bare naked wools confection sport (nougat and milk chocolate)


each pattern also includes a large size which is double the length; either size is easily adjustable in length and width.


the all-neutral version is knit with three shade of our new confection sport yarn.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the mass transit page or the boilermaker page in the knitspot pattern shop or click here and here to see specs and purchase in my ravelry pattern shop

best of all, david has put together a kit! each kit includes your choice of mass transit or boilermaker pattern, two halfsie skeins (2 ounces/187 yards) of confection sport, AND one half size skein (4 ounces/275 yards) of briar rose fourth of july in your choice of four colors

OR two halfsie skeins (2 ounces/187 yards) of confection sport, AND one full skein (4 ounces/375 yards) of dark chocolate confection sport.


that’s enough yarn to knit three small cowls or one large and one small cowl; have we convinced you yet?


there’s one last option that might sway you . . .


cashmere lining anyone? it’s really easy to add a luxurious lining to your cowl—a sure barrier against even the fiercest winds. knit one for the person you love and watch them glow with the pleasure of it.

then knit your own as a reward; there’s enough for three or four add-on linings in just one skein of our pura bella undyed mongolian cashmere—get it while it lasts.


many thanks to my friends jude and lincoln for coming out after a long day at school to model these cowls for us. and of course also to the incredibly lovely sarah—isn’t she beautiful?

and for  my friend chris at briar rose fibers—visit both of us in her booth at rhinebeck in just a couple of weeks!


interested in exploring color a little more, maybe in the company of good friends? come join us at our rhinebeck after party event in kingston, new york right after rhinebeck weekend. we will be talking about and playing with yarn and color for three days—learn, have fun, and enhance your stash in our popup shop. click here for more details

8 thoughts on “boilermaker and mass transit

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  2. Love the look of the cowls, but I never like wearing them…more of a scarf person myself. But I make lots of hats, as well as scarves, not only for my very bald husband, but also as a charity knitting project (Hats for the Homeless, Minneapolis), so I’ll be adapting the cowl to hat size, easy enough. I’m always looking for ways to use project leftovers for these projects, and these cowls-turned-into hats will be perfect., especially since a lot of the leftovers come from Briar Rose! When you’re done with all thats on your calendar, you might think about adding a hat adapation to the pattern fo others to try.

  3. Oh you are driving me crazy!! I am the queen of cowls and I just do NOT have any spare time right now to knit one! Off to investigate those kits and see if I can drop Mr JK a large hint for a Christmas gift!

  4. Gobstruck! That is the word for what I am. Your color work is so striking, and at the same time, looks as if it would be fairly easy to do! And all the changeups–inspiring!

  5. Is this the color work project for the day of color work at the AfterParty? Sorry if I am slow on the uptake. I love it and am wondering if I should order it.

  6. Love the color work on the cowls! An excellent use of greys & neutrals with color. I am confused that the new cowl patterns specify to use 4th of July as a sport weight yarn – the Briar Rose site says 4th of July knits 4st/in, this doesn’t see, sport-ish weight to me. Is there a sport wt version of 4th of July?

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