Knitting pattern: Uptown cowl

This quick-to-knit cowl makes a luxurious cool weather accessory.

By Glenna C

This story was originally titled "Uptown Cowl" in the February 2011 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

Baby llama yarn comes in great colours and is super soft – perfect for neckwear.

Take a look at a larger image of the finished cowl.

Size:
• One size fits most.
• Laid flat, finished cowl measures 18 cm (7 inches) high and 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) wide, after blocking and drying.
• See Designer's note for information on increasing the finished size.

You need:
• 2 skeins (50 g/75 m each) Mirasol Miski, 100 per cent baby llama (shown here: Rust, Chamoise)
• 5 mm circular knitting needle (40 cm/16 inches long)
• 6 mm circular knitting needle (40 cm/16 inches long)
• Stitch marker
• Cable needle
• Tapestry needle

Tension:
15 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) in stocking stitch using 6 mm needle, or needle size required to obtain tension. To save time, take time to check tension.

To make:
With smaller needle, cast on 96 sts. Join to work in round, taking care not to twist sts. Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round.

Rnds 1 to 5: *K4, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

Changing to larger needle, work cable pattern as follows:

Rnds 1 to 4: *K10, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *C10L, p2, k10, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 6 to 9: *K10, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 10: *K10, p2, C10L, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

Work Rnds 1 to 10 once more.
Work Rnds 1 to 9 once more.

Changing to smaller needle, work final five rounds in ribbing as follows:

Rnds 1 to 5: *K4, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

CO all sts according to pattern.

Hand-wash cowl according to yarn label instructions. Lay flat to dry and block to specified measurements.

Glossary:
C10L (Left-cable over 10 stitches): Place first 5 sts on cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit next 5 sts, then knit 5 sts from cable needle.
CO: cast off
k: knit
p: purl
rnd(s): round(s)
st(s): stitch(es)

Designer's notes:
• To ensure a comfortable fit, cast on and off loosely.
• For a larger cowl with more drape, increase total number of cast-on stitches by a multiple of 24; work pattern according to instructions provided. You will need at least one more skein of yarn.


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