Free Knitting Pattern for Cabled Modern English Cowl
This cowl knitting pattern uses the same lace and cable design as in my High Tea Collar Necklace. In this pattern, the cables continue around the cowl and create a cozy and comfy design. This pattern is fully charted with descriptions of the abbreviations at the bottom of the chart and is designed for experienced beginners or advanced knitters who are familiar with basic terms and knitting cables.
1 skein Patons Classic Wool in color 77532 Cognac Heather or any worsted weight yarn (I don't recommend using this particular yarn - it is super itchy and too uncomfortable for a cowl). This would also be beautiful in a bulky yarn and would be wide enough to fit around the shoulders then fall into a cowl at the neck.
#8 needles (or the proper needles for your yarn)
and stitch markers will make this easier
To start, cast on 44 stitches. I used a provisional cast on, then used the three needle bind off to seam the cowl (which I don't really like the look of). You could also use the cast on of your choice and just sew the seam at the end. This might actually look better. Another option would be to incorporate buttons into the design. You could cast on as you choose, and I think the lace openings (where the double yarnovers are) of the pattern could serve as buttonholes for 1/2" to 3/4" buttons.
Follow the chart pattern above for cowl pattern. This is a jpeg. For a larger image, click here.
Knitting each line on the chart might be easier if you put stitch markers where the bold vertical lines are in the pattern.
I did 8 repeats of the 24 row pattern for my cowl. If you want the cowl to be big enough to fit over your shoulders, do 9 repeats or use bulky yarn. When length is finished, repeat rows 1 and 2. Then bind off. If you want to add buttons, I would suggest knitting 4-6 rows of garter (depending on the size of your buttons) as a buttonband before binding off.
A short story: When I first knit this, I soaked it and blocked it, stretching it to 21 inches (already seamed into a cowl) to fit around my shoulders. When it dried and I tried it on, I felt it was limp and the cables had lost some of their, well, cable-ness. So I tore it apart and knit it all over again. In the photos you see here, I have not blocked it again and I don't plan to. I'm going to wear it as is. Moral of the story: Be careful not to over-block the cables :)
I hope you enjoy this pattern. I love this cowl and I'm excited to wear mine when the weather gets cold!!
© 2011 Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.