Cable crossings over 2 x 4 ribbing give this bulky cowl a lot of texture. The stitch pattern looks especially beautiful in hand-dyes.

Skills needed: multi-step cables, sewn bind off (see link at end of pattern)

This cowl is easily resized or modified for a different gauge.

Finished measurements: approximately 14 cm tall and 53.5 cm in circumference

Gauge: 11 stitches and 16 rounds to 10 cm of stockinette; 16 stitches and 17 rounds to 10 cm of cable pattern (see swatching instructions)

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple cowl
  • Swatching instructions and charts included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 85 m of bulky-weight yarn. Samples were knit in Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. (superwash merino single) and Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller (superwash merino)
  • 8.0 mm/US 11 circular needles (60 cm or shorter), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Cable needle (optional)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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