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Improvised cabled cowl

I have had a few requests for this pattern so i will give it a shot.
Requirements: you will need to know how to cable!

NOTE! NOT FOR BEGINNERS - please read through the whole pattern before starting!

the idea is simple. Using irregular cables, you can create a unique look.
Use the following cables as an example
1. simple cable on 2p 6K 2p, cable the 6K.
2. Double cable - as above and repeat after 4 rows to get the double twist
3. Double elongated cable - like1 but repeated after 8 rows.

Ok, so if you have understood the above lets give it a go.
 You will need US size 10 needles and any yarn that goes with them. If in doubt, use thinner rather than thicker yarn
I used knitpicks worsted 100% wool.
About 100 gms should do. (no idea what that is in yards im afraid)

cast on 56 stitches on a spare piece of yarn - you will need to unpick this at the end to graft the ends of the cowl together. There is a tutorial on 'kitchener stitch' on my blog you can check out.
Using your cowl yarn , follow the following:
Row 1:Slip one (every 1st row from now on), k10, p1 till end (ending with a P1)
Row 2: slip 1, P10, K1 till end K1

thats the base of the pattern.

Now the fun starts.
Notice that you have 6 "cable" sections, or six knit sections with a purl stitch in between them.
Very randomly, add cables.
What is did was:
    1                  2                  3            4             5                 6

after 10 rows of the basic pattern, I cabled section 3 and 6. Section 3 with a single cable and section 6 with a double.
I knitted another 10 rows then cabled sections 1 and 5 with and elongated and a double cable
Another 5 rows
a cable on section 2.

As you can see it is very random and disorganized...but thats what makes the cowl unique. No two are ever the same.
I also change color half way - just because i could! (actually I didn't have enough yarn but i got a great effect!)

When you reach the desired length, keep stitches on a needle. Unpick the waste yarn on the cast off and put the stitches on another needle. I used a 3 needle cast off but you can use the kitchener method found here
I like the 3 needle cast off. There is a good tutorial about that HERE.

If anyone actually makes this id love to post a picture of your work - and any improvements you can make to this pattern. if you find any mistakes please let me know


Isobel Morrell said...

My word that was complicated to read, let alone follow! Worth it though for those who have the stamina to follow it right through! It's a great finished product!

Used to knit a lot, but gave up because of all the counting, so this would not now do for me! Good luck to the others - and you, too!

All the best. Isobel from

Mereknits said...

Thanks so much it is beautiful.
Hugs to you,

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