This toasty cowl is great for blustery winter walks! It’s bulky enough to stay up around your chin on its own, but won’t totally suffocate you as you wear it. An everyday accessory, you can wear this reversible cabled cowl all winter long. The nice thing about reversible cowls when you’re in a rush: you won’t need to waste an extra second of your morning routine figuring out which which way to wear your neck warmer!
1½ skeins Bernat Roving in Low Tide
size 10½ / 6.5mm knitting needles
CO – cast on
WS – wrong side
RS – right side
k – knit
p – purl
RCx2 – right-angling cable, working k2, p2
LCx2 – left-angling cable, working p2, k2
Notes: While the finished cowl is reversible, the first row worked on this pattern is on the wrong side. This pattern uses the provisional cast on and kitchener stitch to join ends. If you’re new to these techniques, click the links to go to my tutorials for each.
CO 44 sts using a provisional cast on
Row 1 (WS). p2, (k2, p4, k2, LCx2, RCx2) twice, k2, p4, k2, p2
Row 2 (RS). k2, (p2, k4, p2, k2, p4, k2) twice, p2, k4, p2, k2
Row 3. p2, (LCx2, RCx2, p2, k4, p2) twice, LCx2, RCx2, p2
Row 4. (k4, p4) 5 times, k4
Row 5. p2, (p2, k4, p2, RCx2, LCx2) twice, p2, k4, p4
Row 6. k2, (k2, p4, k2, p2, k4, p2) twice, k2, p4, k4
Row 7. p2, (RCx2, LCx2, k2, p4, k2) twice, RCx2, LCx2, p2
Row 8. k2, p2, (k4, p4) 4 times, k4, p2, k2
Repeat rows 1-8 until your cowl reaches your desired length, then join your cast on and working ends with a grafting/kitchener stitch. Weave in ends to finish.
I’ve gotten several questions about how to do the cables, but there’s the thing – If you knit right handed, a right leaning cable means one thing. If you knit left handed, it means the opposite. To avoid confusion, I’ll direct you to these video tutorials I made this fall featuring right and left leaning cables for right and for left handed knitters.
Let me know if you have more questions in the comments! :D