peach cable cowl

i finished a knitting project and there's still snow on the ground!  (remember the photo in this post of when i had just begun).  this cable pattern was fun and easy to knit with a super-soft wool/nylon blend that's been rolling around here for a while.  i really like the woven texture with this squishy, spongy yarn... 

cable cowl

cable cowl

i thought i'd include my cable pattern here (which i adapted from a tighter/smaller woven cable pattern from this book):

i used size 10 (6mm) needles & a little over 2 skeins of a bulky 12 ply yarn (called bellezza canditi, made for joann's, which has been discontinued).

special abbreviations:

C6F or C6B (cable 6 front or cable 6 back):  slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front (or back) of work, knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.


Cast on a multiple of 6 sts (I cast on 60 sts to make my cowl end up almost 9 inches wide)

1st Row (right side): Knit

2nd Row: Purl

3rd Row:  *C6F; repeat from * to end

4th Row:  Purl

5th Row:  Knit

6th Row: Purl

7th Row:  K3 *C6B; repeat from * to last 3 sts, K3

8th Row:  Purl

Repeat these 8 rows until you've reached your desired length.  i knit until my work measured about 30 inches then bound off.  my cast off end was pretty wavy, so i decided to overlap and hand-stitch the ends together, since i knew i'd be pulling it over my head anyway.  to make it a little wider at the bottom, i overlapped the ends at the top about 3 1/2" and the bottom only 1/2".  i attached these vintage marble-like buttons through both layers to hold the outer end in place (and to look pretty).

cable cowl

and a view of the inside...  you can see the wavy end, carefully bunched up, overlapped and stitched in place:

cable cowl

here's a polaroid of my cable cowl keeping out the chill.  it works!

snow drifter

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