Chameleon Cowl

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Designed by Helena Timms, Hataline knits

This brightly coloured, textured knit cowl is perfect for standing
out in a crowd and not being a chameleon! Based on the artwork
from the box of the fun bluffing game of the same name, it uses
linen stitch to blend the two colours together so they melt into
each other and create some camouflage. This is a beginner knit
using slip stitch stripes and ribbing in the round.

How to choose yarn?

The yarn used here is John Arbon Textiles, from their yarnadelic and exmoor sock ranges, fingering weight yarns, these are both robust woolly yarns, with high stitch definition and a traditional handle. When choosing yarn to replace them, it is possible to use any sock yarn to replace them with, as long as you choose yarn with good structure and stretch, as well as a focus definitions. Very drapey yarns are not ideal as they will not keep form. 

  • Good stitch definition.
  • Can be blocked.
  • Solids, Semisolids, or very lightly tonally variegated. 


Part- time Designer working at John Arbon Textiles vintage worsted spinning mill in North Devon. Most of her designs are in JA yarns, which she help develop (choosing colours and fibre content as well as deciding the technical spinning details) as part of the mill team. She mostly designs quick knit accessories for fun projects and great gifts!

Helena Timms

John Arbon Textiles

picture of helena, a brown haired white woman, staring at the camera,wearing a woolly hat, trees in the background