Cabled Cowl, As Seen on Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell Episode 1201

Simona Merchant-Dest, coauthor of The Art of Seamless Knitting, visits to demonstrate working cables in the round and demonstrates a method of working cables without a cable needle (and also shows an ingenious use for a circular needle!). She demonstrates how to shape invisibly within cables in her Cabled Cowl pattern.

About the Cabled Cowl

Designed by Simona Merchant-Dest, excerpted from The Art of Seamless Knitting. 

Featured in Episode 1201 of Knitting Daily TV.

A great project for working cables seamlessly, this simple cowl offers lessons in working cable patterns that cross the boundary from one round to the next, transitioning between working in rows and rounds, and decreasing "invisibly" within the purl-stitch background. The bulky yarn creates a soft and cozy neck wrap that knits up quickly-knit it over the weekend and head to work in style Monday morning. Reveal your inner designer by substituting different cables of your own choosing. You can create countless new looks!

Finished Size

About 31. (36, 40, 45, 49, 54)" (80.5 [92, 103.5, 115, 126.5, 138] cm) lower edge circumference and 21 (21, 21, 21, 21, 21)" (54 [54.5, 54.5, 54.5, 54.5, 54.5] cm) long from lowest point of body to neck bind-off. Cowl shown measures 36" (92 cm) at lower edge.


Bulky Weight (#6 Super Bulky).

Shown here: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 45 yd [41 m]/100 g): #1211 frost, 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins.


Size U.S. 15 (10 mm): 32" (80 cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


Markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.


8 sts and 13 rows/rnds = 4" (10 cm) in St st.

18-st main cable from chart measures 6" (16 cm) wide.

One 12-st cable repeat from chart measures 4.

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