cabled cowl scarf

by Amy on 16 November 2010

with weather getting chillier in tennessee, i decided to whip out the ol’ knitting needles + try my hand at making a scarf. i knew i wanted a cowl-style scarf instead of the traditional wrap-it-around-and-tie-it type, + when i didn’t find a pattern online that i loved, i opted to make my own pattern up instead.

if you have never knitted before, don’t be scared off. i taught myself to knit by watching youtube videos (there are tons of learn-to-knit videos out there) + i actually had to learn new knitting skills for this project. thanks to youtube, i now know how to cable knit, do a provisional cast-on + a kitchener stitch. without further ado, here is the pattern!

i used:
size 11 knitting needles
cable needle
1 ball of lion brand homespun yarn in deco (carried at michael’s stores)
blunt point needle for the final kitchener stitch

provisional cast-on of 62 stitches

rows 1-7: slip the first stitch of each row, then stockinette stitch. that is, purl one row, then knit the next. you should be starting + ending with a purl row. (purl one row, knit one row, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl.)
row 8: slip the first stitch, knit 3.
slip 8 stitches on to your cable needle, hold to front. knit 8. knit the cable needle. knit 3.
slip 8 stitches on to your cable needle, hold to front. knit 8. knit the cable needle. knit 3.
slip 8 stitches on to your cable needle, hold to front. knit 8. knit the cable needle. knit 4.

repeat this pattern to your desired length. i repeated the pattern 8 times. once you reach your desired length, kitchener stitch the final row with the provisional cast on row. weave in all ends.

don’t judge, but i couldn’t resist putting the scarf on skylar. she’s really working it, as you can see.

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51 Maggie Moore December 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Amy, I’ve just completed a cowl from your pattern. I’d love it if you’d pop over to my blog to see it. I’m so pleased with it. Thanks for sharing such a fab pattern. I’m definitely going to be making some more! Maggie xx

52 amy December 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’m so glad you liked it, Maggie – off to check out your post!

53 Maggie Moore December 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hi again Amy, Just to let you know I’ve just finished my 2nd cowl in grey and black yarn. It’s all wrapped up and under the tree as it’s a Christmas gift for my son George. When he’s opened it, I’ll try and persuade him to let me take a photo! Happy Holidays! xx

54 amy December 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That is so wonderful to hear, Maggie! I hope George loves it + i’d love to see a picture if he isn’t too camera shy. =) Happy holidays to you, too!

55 Martha. January 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Thanks for this pattern. I have wanted to knit a cowl and I
Like your pattern. Just happen to have the yarn in my stash ! Love to knit year round.

56 Marg Ward February 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love the looks of your scarf,but I have a problem.What is a cable needle ?
if I find out all your instructions,then I will definatly knit one,thx

57 amy February 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hi Marg, a cable needle is a third, additional knitting needle used to temporarily hold stitches in order to form the cable. You can buy a specific “cable needle,” which is a short, straight or slightly curved needle. Or you can just use a double-pointed needle. to make a cable, simply slip the number of stitches required onto the cable needle. stitches are worked in a different order than normal, making the twist within the fabric that we call a cable.

58 Nanc July 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Where do I get instructions for the “kitchener stitch”?

59 amy July 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

hi Nanc, The kitchener stitch is a finishing stitch used to knit together/finish off two rows of live stitches. here’s the video i used to teach myself the kitchener stitch: hope this helps!

60 Barbara July 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

I am from Australia, and want so to make this cowl, however, here we go by ply in the yarn. Can you please tell me either the Ply or the Number (American) so that I can get something that I can use. Here we mainly use DK (or Light Worsted). Thicker Yarns are very expensive, so we avoid them if possible.

61 amy July 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi Barbara, I used a ‘bulky weight’ yarn, which is heavier than an worsted weight, with an approximate ply of 13. Hope that helps!

62 jennie September 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

started the cabled cowl scarf do I just repeat row 8 for the pattern or is the wrong side ( row ( etc ) a purl row??/ thanks so each and every row is a repeat of row 8???

63 amy September 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Jennie, basically you’re repeating rows 1-8 over and over again. So after row 8 (your cabled row), go back to row 1. So, it’s purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, cable row, and repeat from the beginning. Hope that makes sense!

64 Evodia Chioddras September 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I don’t know what provisional cast on row is. Please explain or send me info that I could view on youtube. Thanks. I would like to make this cowl….it is beautiful and comfy.

65 amy September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hi Evodia, The provisional cast-on is a way to cast-on, working in a different-colored waste yarn, so that you can be left with live stitches at the end that you can easily work with. Here’s a great video to learn how to do a provisional cast-on:

66 carol October 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

what is a kitchner stitch ??

67 amy October 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

hi Carol, The kitchener stitch is a finishing stitch used to knit together/finish off two rows of live stitches. here’s the video i used to teach myself the kitchener stitch: hope this helps!

68 Pattie December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

For this pattern do you use circular knitting needles?

69 amy December 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Hi Pattie, No, I used straight needles for this pattern.

70 arlene December 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Haven’t done much cabling; I think I understand how to slip stitches in the middle of the row, but what happens when you slip the first stitch of the row? When do those get knit back into the cowl?

71 amy December 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

Hi Arlene, Sorry for the slow response, I didn’t see your comment initially! Those slip stitches do not get knit back in. You slip it instead of working it to help keep your edge even. Hope that helps!

72 Arlene December 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for getting back to me about my question; what do you do with the stitch that you slip at the beginning of the row?

73 amy December 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Nothing, you just slip it onto the right needle and then continue with the pattern as written. Do you know what a slip stitch is? It’s not decreasing or dropping it, you’re simply slipping it un-knitted onto the right needle. I hope I don’t sound like I’m being rude, just want to make sure you’re not *dropping* a stitch – you’re simply slipping it. Does that help, Arlene?

74 Arlene December 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Thanks, that’s perfect.

75 amy December 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Awesome, glad that helps!

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