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Gambolling Cables Cowl Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs

Phibersmith Designs

Gambolling Cables Cowl Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs


This quirky cowl is quick to knit up and features a surprise finish. After the main cowl part is worked from the top down, the right- and left-most cables split off and swivel towards each other to create the point at the front. It’s a fantastic shape for keeping the cowl in place, and keeping winter drafts out of the collar of your coat. Don’t you love it when fashion is functional?

The cowl is worked in the round from the top down for 6 1/2”. The back is cast-off and the front extended to a point, by working the remaining stitches in rows. Short row cables contour the lower edges of the front, completing the cowl.

Finished Size: 25" (63.5 cm) circumference, 10" (25.5 cm) long at front point, 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) long at back.

Tools & Materials:

  • Yarn: Aran weight
    Lady Slipper Alpacas, 45% farm Alpaca/55% Merino cross wool, 168 yds (154 m)/100 g
  • Yardage: 168 yds (154 m)
  • Needles: US 9/ 5.5 mm
  • Gauge: 16 sts & 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Inverted Ladder Stitch, blocked.

Special Techniques

  •  Knitting in the round
  • Using a cable needle
  • Short-rows
  • Kitchener stitch

Stitches Used (beyond K & P)

  • K2tog
  • SSK
  • YO
  • P2tog
  • P2togtbl
  • C12B
  • C6B
  • C6PB

Full list of abbreviations included in pattern.

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