Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Fallen in love with the Cozy Winters Cowl knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Polka Dot Sheep yarn (the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
Cozy and lightweight, the Cozy Winters Cowl is a simple to knit and simple to wear cowl. It features a faded texture that is most dense at the bottom of the cowl.
I designed the cowl using Polka Dot Sheep’s cozy Stumptown DK weight yarn in the Night King colorway. It creates a lovely palette of whites, grays, and blues: precisely the colors of a snowstorm! The cowl looks great in most solid, tonal, and variegated yarns.
Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.
I used Night King for my main pattern sample.
I also knit up a second sample using Cedar Island.
Polka Dot Sheep Colors
I really think you could select any colorway from Polka Dot Sheep's lineup, and this cowl would look lovely! I've selected a handful of colors to give a sample of colors that I would pair with the Cozy Winters Cowl pattern. Note that the texture won't stand out as much with the yarns with multiple colors, but as you can see with my Night King sample, it still looks lovely!
Alternative Yarns List
Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable DK weight yarns that would also work well with this design! (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)
I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams.
The yarn that I used was: 100% Wool; 231 yards/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams
50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams
50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams
100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams
100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams
55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams
85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams