Stand out from the crowd on dull days with Becky Skuse’s colour­ful, magic knot cowl.

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De­signer Becky Skuse says: “Bring a bit of rain­bow magic to your au­tumn wardrobe with this stash-bust­ing cowl. It’s the per­fect project for prac­tis­ing magic knots – sim­ply raid your stash for yarn scraps and knot them to­gether in a rain­bow ef­fect to cre­ate your own unique magic ball. The cowl’s stylish di­ag­o­nal stripes are quick and easy to work, with colour changes that ap­pear as if by magic. We used all-acrylic DK yarn scraps for a cosy feel and a con­sis­tent look, but you could vary the look how­ever you like – try us­ing ran­dom yarn scraps in var­i­ous weights and tex­tures, or al­ter the colour theme with shades of one colour ar­ranged from light to dark to light. En­joy ex­per­i­ment­ing!”


Re­fer to the Workshop fea­ture on the pre­ced­ing pages for how to work a magic knot. To work the tr2­tog at the start of a row, you’ll be in­structed to ch2 and tr in the sec­ond st of the row, so on the next row work into the top of the tr stitch only.


Ar­range your yarn scraps into a rain­bow ef­fect – we’ve started from red and worked through our colours to get to pink. Start­ing with your fi­nal colour (pink in our case), make a magic knot to join it to the next colour and then wind this colour on top of the pink yarn. Con­tinue this process all the way back up to your first yarn (red in our case). Now you’ll have a magic ball of rain­bow scraps and you’ll be ready to start with the last yarn you at­tached.


Start­ing at the end of your Magic Ball (last colour at­tached), ch47.

Row 1 Tr in third ch from hook (skipped ch-2 and first tr count as tr2­tog), tr in each of next 43 ch, 2tr in last ch, turn.

[45 tr, 1 tr2­tog]

Row 2 Ch3, tr in st at base of ch3 (counts as 2tr), tr in each of next 43 tr, tr2­tog, turn. [45 tr, 1 tr2­tog]

Row 3 Ch3, skip first st, tr in next st (counts as tr2­tog), tr in each of next 43 sts, 2tr in last tr, turn. [45 tr, 1 tr2­tog]

Re­peat Rows 2-3 un­til work mea­sures 68cm along one edge.

Fas­ten off leav­ing a long tail.

Use the tail and a tapestry nee­dle to sew the two di­ag­o­nal ends to­gether. Weave in any re­main­ing ends.

The colour will change at the place where you tied the yarns to­gether with a magic knot.

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