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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:
_______x_________x_______x_______x________x_________
    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

2 comments:

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 www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

Mereknits said...

Thanks so much it is beautiful.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

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