Christmas 2013 No. 2: Featherweight Cowl

Here we are – installment number two of the Christmas knits parade.

Apologies for the delay of this post – half of October seems to have passed me by without a flutter.

This week is Yorkshire Wool Week and I’m pleased to say that I’m teaching a Learn to Knit workshop for Baa Ram Ewe this Sunday out at Armley Mills – still spaces available if you’re interested. In the three years I’ve been teaching this class, I’ve never had anyone leave unable to knit – so even if you think you’re knitting challenged (or if you just want to pick the needles back up for a bit of a refresher), do give us a try. Click here to book.

I also went to Yarndale recently, but will blog about that in the near future.

Featherweight Cowl


Without further ado, please welcome the Featherweight Cowl.

This design grew out of my love of Staghorn cables – you may see them on some further upcoming designs as well, they go with everything (!).

I love that they’re simple to work (usually cabling only 4 sts at a time) which is easily done without a cable needle. Which makes this a great project to learn how to cable without a cable needle. (The best instructions I’ve seen online for this are on Grumperina’s blog here.)

I love that you can totally change the look by cabling more or less often, by using purls between your cabled ribs or, as in the case of this cowl, just keep everything in knit.

I especially love that the cables look complicated but it’s quite short pattern repeat of only 6 rows in total (only 3 cable rows). I hope you’ll feel clever knitting it too!

Knit with just a few balls of a luxury wool (or any chunky yarn that you have to hand), this makes a great Christmas present. You’ll quickly have the pattern in memory and the cowl whipping off the needles. Knit flat and then grafted together, the sinuous cables hide your grafting (instructions in the pattern), making this a seamless knit.

For the sample in the picture, I used roughly 1.5 balls of Cocoon; you could make a single loop version with just one ball though. The Cocoon is a beautiful wool for this project – lovely and cozy, comes in fabulous colours to brighten up the winter, super warm due to the mohair content, and it is super soft after blocking. It’s worth noting that blocking relaxes this wool quite a lot, so be sure to block your swatch (if you care to swatch first) – or use it as a Cocoon experiment and cast on straight away!

Thanks to my lovely friend Katherine for her modelling skills – and for wearing a winter coat in unseasonable weather.

Yarn: Rowan Cocoon 80% merino, 20% mohair; 126yd/115m per
100g: 2 balls (shown in 833 Duck Down)
Needles: 6.5mm/US10.5 needles
Notions: wool needle for grafting; cable needle (if desired)
Gauge: 24 sts x 18 rows per 10cm/4in in pattern (after
Dimensions: 14 cm(5.5in) x 100cm(40in)



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