Burly Spun Grey Owl Cowl
Sometimes fashion likes to shout loud! (Okay, all of the time.) This winter it’s yelling about big, bulky knits, Yeti feet and hooded heads. We hear ya, we hear ya!
We, at Loop, have taken up our giant needles to make this bulky cowl that you can wear many ways. There are no buttonholes (easy peasy), but the five horn toggles make it possible to button the cowl any way you want; up the front, round the side, or over the shoulder. Wear it as a cape, a shawl, a cowl or a hood. Warm, versatile, quick, easy and fashionable! Happy times ahead this winter! Follow the thread to see the pattern instructions.
2 skeins Brown Sheep, Burly Spun; 100% wool, 226g/121metres. You could substitute another bulky yarn such as Rowan Big Wool, or for real luxury, try our Jade Sapphire Chunky Cashmere, but you will need to buy at least 250 metres.
9sts x 15rws = 10cm square, in moss (seed) stitch (Yarns such as Malabrigo Twist can be held doubled to achieve a similar gauge)
Width = 38cm, Length = 85cm
5 Alaska grey toggles(pictured) or Moose Grey Toggles. Toggles are wonderful for this pattern because you can slip the pointed end through your knitting at any place to create a buttonhole.
Beginners. I’m proud to say that a number of my beginner knitters have made this as a first project. If you can knit and purl, have a go at this. Check out this you tube video for a demo of cabling.
Abbreviations and Explanations
k = knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
rw(s) = row(s)
pm = place marker
m = marker
C10f = slip 5 sts to cable needle and hold in the front of knitting, knit the next 5 sts, then knit the 5sts from cable needle, so that these cross in front of the 5 sts just knit
C10b = slip 5 sts to cable needle and hold in the back of knitting, knit the next 5 sts, then knit the 5sts from cable needle, so that these cross in back of the 5 sts just knit.
Moss (or seed) stitch is a repeat of two stitches, 1 knit, 1 purl, that are then worked as the opposite on the other side; the knit stitches are purled and the purl sts are knit.
The pattern is edged with 5sts of moss, followed by 10 stitches of cable, which get twisted after every 10 rows, 16 stitches of moss, 10 more cable stitches and a final 5 stitches of moss. The cables twist in opposite directions so that they both twist in towards the centre.
I like to use all my yarn for this pattern, so before I begin, I put aside enough spare to sew on the toggles at the end (about 2-3 metres).
Cast on 46sts. Knit 6 rows in 2×2 rib, ending and beginning with 2 knit stitches on either edge on the right side rws.
Begin pattern, placing stitch markers, as follows:
Rw 1: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, pm, k10, pm, *p1, k1* 8 times (16 stitches), pm, k10, pm, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rw 2: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, m, p10,*k1, p1* 8 times, m, p10, m, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 (this row was corrected on November 21st).
Repeat rws 1 & 2 again and then work a cable row.
(rs): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, m, C10f, m, *p1, k1* 8 times, C10b, m, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat rw 2.
Repeat rws 1&2 four more times and then work another cable row (10rws between cable crosses). There are 12 cable rows in all. After the last cable cross, work a row 2 , and rws 1&2 again.
Finish the cowl by knitting a further 6 rows of 2x2rib with, 2 knit stitches on either right side edge. Bind off.
Sew the toggles one ribbed edge of the shawl, placing them in the middle of the ribbing. Give them a little bit of a shank so that they can easily go through the thickness of the cowl.
Please let me know if you find any errors in the instructions.
~Juju at Loop
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