Although it is hard to imagine, fall is right around the corner, and nothing beats a cozy hand knit cowl for keeping you warm. I particularly like cowls for kids; they look great and somehow seem easier to manage than a scarf.

This is a perfect project for a weekend away... it takes just one skein of yarn and only a few hours to knit. The chunky yarn and simple braid add lots of texture, and I just love Blue Sky Worsted with its subtle hand dyed variations and super soft touch! Enjoy! - Amy of Eclectic Mom

 

The Materials

  • 1 skein Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dye, 50% Royal Alpaca and 50% Merino. This color is Dungaree Blue.
  • Split ring stitch markers (Optional: I use these to count the rounds. Since I tend to lose track of how many plain rounds I have knit, I hang a split ring marker on the beginning-of-the-round-marker each time I complete a round.)
 

The Pattern

Gauge

3 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Size

18 inches in circumference and 11 inches from bottom to top

Pattern Note: How to Work the Braided Cable

The entire braided cable is worked over 9 stitches, but for the two rounds it takes to form the cable, you will only work 6 stitches at a time. The other 3 stitches are knit either before or after the cable, depending on which round you're working.

CABLE 6 FRONT ("C6F")

Slip next 3 stitches onto cable stitch holder and bring to front of work...

... knit next 3 stitches from the left needle...

...and then knit the 3 stitches from the cable stitch holder.

CABLE 6 BACK ("C6B")

Slip next 3 stitches onto cable stitch holder and bring to back of work...

... knit next 3 stitches from the left needle...

 ...and then knit the 3 stitches from the cable stitch holder.

 

Begin

Cast on 63 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: K24, place a marker, p3, k9, p3, knit to end of round.

Round 2: Knit to first marker, p3, C6F (see note above), k3, p3, knit to end of round.

Rounds 3-5: Knit to first marker, p3, k9, p3, knit to end of round.

Round 6: Knit to first marker, p3, k3, C6B (see note above), p3, knit to end of round.

Rounds 7-9: Repeat Rounds 3-5.

Repeat rows 2-9 five more times.

Repeat Rounds 2-7 one time.

Loosely bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and ta da!