The Mail Lady’s Twisted Cable Cowl

2016_12_03-01The Mail Lady’s Twisted Cable Cowl

The matching hat is here.

3 skeins of fingering weight (super fine:4) yarn in any combination you like.
A US10 (6.0 mm) 16-inch circular needle.
A cable needle (or you can use a size US10(6.0 mm) double pointed needle instead).
At least one stitch marker for a row marker.

Locate the yarn end from each skein, and knot the three ends together. Knit using all three strands of yarn at the same time. I find it’s easier to work with if I roll the combined yarns into a single ball, rather than trying to deal with pulling yarn from three separate skeins at the same time. You will want to make sure you catch all three strands of yarn with every stitch. On the other hand, you can use any bulky:5 weight yarn.

This pattern features a twisted cable worked over an odd number of stitches (5), with a purl stitch in the middle to add definition. See below for explanation. If you want a looser cowl, this pattern is worked in multiples of 14 stitches (a cable panel plus a ribbed panel).

Cast on 84 stitches
Rows 1-7: *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 8: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 9: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 10: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 11: *p2, C2p2F p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 repeat from * to end of row
Row 12: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Repeat rows 9-12 two more times
Row 13: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 14: *p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Rows 15-21 : *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Bind off knitted stitches knitwise and purled stitches purlwise. Weave in ends. Enjoy.

Abbreviations:
C2p2F = slip 2 stitches off onto the cable needle and hold them in front of your work. Knit the next two stitches, purl the next stitch, then knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle.

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