Woodlot Cowl

This light-weight, densely cabled cowl is perfect for the upcoming temperature swings. It’s the perfect size to tuck under a coat to keep the chilly air off your neck, but since it’s made with a light fingering weight yarn, you won’t get overheated. Knit in the round from the bottom up, there are instructions for two different circumferences (small and large) and two different heights (short and tall). It is meant to fit somewhat loosely around the neck, but is easy to adjust if you prefer a closer fit.

A densely cabled cowl knit in a warm gray colored yarn lays on top of fresh snow, with several pine boughs and cones by its upper left corner.
A densely cabled cowl knit in a warm gray colored yarn lays on top of fresh snow, with several pine boughs and cones by its upper left corner.
A close-up of the cable pattern on a densely cabled cowl knit in a warm gray colored yarn.
A close-up of the cable pattern on a densely cabled cowl knit in a warm gray colored yarn.

The pattern includes both charted and fully written instructions, plus two Low Vision Accessible (LVA) versions.

Sizes and Yarn

Small Width:
11”/28cm
Large Width:
13.25”/34cm
Short Height:
7.75”/20cm
365 yards
334 meters
410 yards
375 meters
Tall Height:
11”/28cm
470 yards
430 meters
545 yards
500 meters
Note: Measurements were taken with the cowl laying on a flat surface. Double the width to find the circumference.

Note: The yarn totals above include a 10% buffer to allow for a swatch and differences in knitting style and yarn composition.

The actual yarn used for the pattern sample (small width and tall height) was a total of 430 yards (394 meters) of Knitcraft and Knittery Fingering Weight Corriedale (100% Corriedale, nonsuperwash) in colorway Naked Shade #05.

Unfortunately, the dyer whose yarn I used is no longer selling yarn. For yarn substitutions, choose a light fingering weight yarn that is plied, springy, and has good stitch definition. A solid, semi-solid, or tonal colorway is recommended in order to allow the cable pattern to stand out.

Needles
US 3 / 3.25mm circular needles with 20” / 51cm cord length, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Note: I tend to knit tightly. Several testers found that they needed to go down a needle size or two, so if you know you tend to knit loosely, you may want to make sure you have a smaller size needle on hand.

Gauge
42 stitches and 32 rounds = 4” / 10cm in Main Pattern Repeat (knit in the round, measured after blocking

Notions
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
1 cable needle
1 stitch marker
(Note: instructions include a marker for beginning of round only. If you prefer to have markers between each repeat, you will need 10 (12) stitch markers.)

Skills and Techniques
Basic: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, m1, p2tog, German twisted cast on, binding off in pattern
Cables: C4F, C4B, 2/2LPC, 2/2RPC, 2/1LPCDec, 2/1/1RPCDec

Difficulty
Test knitters rated this as intermediate. It is recommended for knitters who are comfortable reading their own knitting and who have at least a little familiarity with cables.

Files

  • Woodlot Cowl_v1 includes both charted and written instructions in standard sized font.
  • Woodlot Cowl_white background_v1 has black text on white background, 22-24 point font, sans serif font, no italics, and fully written directions.
  • Woodlot Cowl_black background_v1 has white text on black background, 22-24 point font, sans serif font, no italics, and fully written directions.

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Published by lakeboundknits

Designing knitting patterns is a tangible way to express myself. Each pattern is a reflection of part of my soul and contains bits of my joy, sadness, fears, and hopes. My heart belongs on the shores of Lake Superior and most of my pattern designs are inspired by life "Up North."

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