The Orfeo Cowl’s swirling colourwork motifs are inspired by the decorative stamped motifs found in 17thC books and music scores. I scaled up the tiny, tiling motifs which border the title page of Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo (published in Venice in 1609) to create abstract colourwork full of movement and baroque drama. The coordinating Orfeo Hat
pattern is also available, and you can find the set of both patterns here
.Skills & Techniques
The Twisted German Cast On (optional), working stranded colourwork in the round, and following colourwork charts.Materials Needed
2 skeins in each of 2 colours of Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Sport (45% Polwarth, 45% Alpaca, 10% Possum; 183yds/167m per 50g skein), or 216yds/197m of sport-weight yarn for the Main Colour (MC) + 209yds/191m for the Contrast Colour (CC).
Sample colourways: ‘Gaslight’ (MC) + ‘Leadlight’ (CC).
You will also need one end-of-round stitch marker + 5 optional markers for between repeats, and a needle for weaving in the ends.Finished Measurements
Relaxed after blocking: 27”/68.5cm circumference, and 10”/25.5cm height. The circumference can be increased by working additional repeats (36 stitches per repeat).