Sunday, 16 August 2015

Simple Oversized Cable Cowl

Pin It It's cold!  How cold I hear you ask?  Well, it's all relative.  The mornings are dropping to 3C (37.4F) which many of you would laugh at.  But, from where I am (Perth, Western Australia) it's about as cold as it gets and that can only mean one thing - knitting!

I have some gorgeous Araucania Tepa left over from my braided cowl which knits up beautifully.  It's thick, colourful and, most importantly, warm. 
Gorgeous colour blending

I wanted a cowl that is very 'high'.  That is, it can be squished down around the neck but pulled up past the ears and even over the head when times are tough and a bitter wind is blowing from the south (or east or west - wherever the bitter wind comes from where you are ..)



K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together.  This creates a decrease that slants to the right.

Taking Shape
SSK - slip 2 stitches purlwise.  Place left hand side needle through the front of the stitches (the right hand side needle will be at the back ready to knit) and then knit the 2 stitches.  
This creates a decrease that slants to the left.

Using a set of circular 5.00mm knitting needles, cast on 176 stitches

Row 1: *P2, K4, P2, K6, P2, K6* rpt to end

Row 2:  As row 1

Row 3: *P2, K2tog, wrap yarn twice around the needle, SSK, P2, K6, P2, K6* rpt to end.

Row 4: *P2, K1, Knit into 1st wrap then  knit into 2nd wrap (to create 2 stitches), K1, P2, K6, P2, K6* rpt to end.

These 4 rows form the pattern for the cowl.

Continue until work measures the desired length - which in my case is 40cm long.

Cast off and prepare to be warm - very warm.

This cowl is very easy to knit and is one of those delightful patterns that comes together effortlessly in front of the television.

Happy Knitting,

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  1. I like that. Really useful to use it as a hood. Often hoods on coats are loose so that would fill the gap nicely.
    I assume the wool is thicker than double knitting as you've used a 5mm needle.

  2. Really cute! Great colors! Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  3. Did I miss it - how wide is this cowl if 15-3/4" in circumference?

  4. How much yarn does this pattern use, please as I don't want to start it and not have enough thank you.