It has been awhile since my last pattern publishing. Now the holidays is over and It’s great to get back to writing again. This time I am going to share this lovely little neck cowl with you. It is knitted with 45 % silk and 55% merino worsted weight yarn (100g/220/241 yds) I ordered from Craftsy.com (changes to blueprint now and not selling yarn anymore). It is a bit ravel when not careful because the strain is not twisted together but it’s very shiny and soft. I used a little bit more than half of the yarn. I’m not sure if craftsy still has any of this yarn left, but they sure carry a lot of beautiful yarns with great price. The color is so sweet and it’s might as well get this “Sweet Valentine” name for it. The cowl can be knitted in a week if you’re an average knitter. For fast knitter, this could be done in a day or two.
The cowl is comfortably fit around my neck. I made 3 buttonholes for it so that people who have bigger head don’t have to struggle put it over their heads. If you like a looser scarf or you have a large neck, I recommend making a bigger size.
A lovely, close-fitted cowl featuring 10-stitch cable and ruffle edge. It is knitted with light weight worsted weight yarn using straight needle US size # 10 (6mm). The work begins from the top with a few rows of stockinette st and then 3 sets of 10 sts-cable pattern. The button band and button holes are worked at each ends at the same time of the body. There is no seaming for this project except attaching the 3 buttons.
Skill level: Early intermediate [need to know k2tog, yo, kfbk (knit in front and back of the stitch), and cable]. I will start adding video tutorial for these knitting methods for those who need a little help.
Gauge: 4 sts/6 rows per inch using size US # 10 (6mm) needle.
Size available: small (7 1/4 x 16 inches) - close fit and medium (7 1/4 x 20 inches) - loose fit. If you want even wider, you may add multiple of 15 sts to it. Just have to buy more yarn though.
Note: The number in the bracket refers to the bigger size. To make even bigger sizes, add multiple of 15 sts to an existing pattern.
Optional: Place one stitch marker after the 6th st and another one before the last 6 sts to remind you of garter st button bands.
Begin Neck Cowl Here
Cast on 87 (102) sts. Knit 2 rows. (if using long-tail cast on knit 1 row)
Begin working 10-Stitches-Cable Pattern below;
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2 (wrong side): K6, place marker, p to the last 6 sts, place marker, k6.
Row 3: K to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k3. (button hole row)
Row 4: As row 2.
Row 5: K 6, *C10F, k5; repeat from * to the last 6 st, k 6.
Row 6: As row 2.
Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: As row 2.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: As row 2.
Row 11: K6, *k5, C10B; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 12: As row 2.
Repeat cable pattern row 1-12 twice then begin Ruffle Edge as follow;
Row 1 (right side): knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *k into front and back of the next st, k2; repeat from * to last 2sts, k into front and back of the next st, k1.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K1, *k into front and back of the next 2 sts, k2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k into front and back of the next st, k1.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K1, *k into front and back of the next 4 sts, k2; repeat from * to last 2sts, k into front and back of the next st, k1.
Row 8: Purl.
Bind off all sts loosely. Attach the 3 buttons on the opposite end of buttonholes. Enjoy!
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K = Knit.
P = Purl.
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together at once.
Yo = Yarn over.
Kfbk (knit into front and back) = knit a stitch as usual but don't slip the stitch of the needle. Knit the back of the same stitch again and then slip it off. This make one increase.
C10F = Cable 10 Front is done by placing the next 5 st on a cable needle and leave them at the front of work, knit the next 5 sts, then knit the 5 sts from cable needle.
C10B = Cable 10 Back is done by placing the next 5 st on a cable needle and leave them at the back of work, knit the next 5 sts, then knit the 5 sts off the cable needle.