This cabled cowl uses a version of the Hugs and Kisses stitch pattern. The cables, gauge and yarn combined create a firm fabric that helps the cowl stand up enough to protect your neck, ears, and nose from the cold yet it still scrunches down easily to keep you toasty warm.
Finished Cowl Size: 25” [63.5 cm] circumference and 11” [28 cm] tall after grafting.
Willow Down (78% Rayon from Bamboo, 22% Nylon; 60 yards [55 meters]/50 grams): Swan, 4 balls
Size US 9 (5.5 mm): straight or circulars
waste yarn or circular cable for provisional cast on; cable needle; tapestry needle; markers to mark pattern repeats if wanted
14 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st unblocked.
20 sts and 25 rows = 4” [10 cm] in cable pattern unblocked.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
2/2 LC (2/2 Left Cable): Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold in front; k2 then k2 from cn.
2/2 RC (2/2 Right Cable): Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold in back; k2 then k2 from cn.
This pattern is worked flat beginning with a provisional cast on and finished by grafting with Kitchener stitch. The cowl as shown is unblocked.
CO 56 sts using a provisional cast on.
Work rows 1 – 24 of Cable pattern from chart or written instructions 6 times total (144 rows total). The chart is worked from right to left on RS rows and left to right on WS rows.
Row 1 (RS): K all sts.
Row 2 and all WS rows: P all sts.
Row 3: *2/2 RC, 2/2 LC x 2, 2/2 RC ; rep from * until 8 sts remain, 2/2 LC, 2/2 RC.
Row 5 and 7: K.
Row 9: Rep Row 3.
Row 11 and 13: K.
Row 15: *2/2 LC, 2/2 RC x 2, 2/2 LC ; rep from * until 8 sts remain, 2/2 RC, 2/2 LC.
Row 17 and 19: K.
Row 21: Rep Row 15.
Row 23: K.
Row 24: P (putting it here just in case!)
Move live sts from provisional CO onto a second needle of the same size as used for working the pattern. Make sure you have the same number of sts on both needles.
Use Kitchener to graft the two ends of the cowl.
Weave in ends.
The cowl as shown is unblocked.
About the Designer: Michele Pelletier
Inspired by nature and whimsy, Michele Pelletier is a vegan knitted accessories designer who loves bringing out the best in plant based yarns.
However, she can’t claim that all of her knitted projects are 100% plant based; cat hair somehow manages to sneak into most of them. It’s one of the joys of knitting in a home shared with kitties.