GC Cowl & HoneyCowl (Pattern Below!)

Two holiday-appropriate finished objects here to inspire you last-minute holiday knitters. Both can be completed in about two hours. The first, the GC Cowl, is a pattern I came across on Ravelry:

GC Cowl, Fixed GC Cowl, Fixed

There are a couple of minor modifications here. I cast on 70 stitches rather than the suggested 86 for two reasons: (1) I omitted a repeat (14 stitches), because Morehouse Merino Bulky is bulkier than the suggested yarn, and (2) I omitted two seemingly superfluous two purl stitches at the beginning and end of the round, for symmetry.

The second is something I improvised. It's a honeycomb cable pattern in the shape of a cowl. Looks pretty cool in a bulky yarn, I think.

Honey Cowl Honey Cowl

And it doubles as a headband! But as I didn't have enough yarn to finish the GC, which was my favorite of the two, I sacrificed the HoneyCowl and frogged it. Maybe I'll put together a new one in another yarn at some point.

Both cowls are made on US 11 needles with Morehouse Merino Bulky. Lest you think I'm single-handedly keeping Morehouse in business . . . well, actually, maybe I am.

Here's the pattern for HoneyCowl, using a basic honeycomb:

Yarn: Morehouse Merino Bulky
Needles: US 11 circular 16" or DPNs
Gauge: 2.5 st. / 1"
Sizes: Women's S / 17" (Women's M / 18.5")

CO 64 (72) stitches.

Row 1: Mark beginning of round with a stitch marker. Knit

Row 2: *C4B, C4f; repeat from * to end of round.
Rows 3-5: Knit
Row 6: *C4F, C4B; repeat from * to end of round.
Rows 7-9: Knit

Repeat rows 2-9 twice. Then repeat rows 2-6 once. Knit one row even. BO and weave in all ends. Block if desired.

Ravelry Links:
GC Cowl

Posted by jess at December 7, 2008 11:42 AM | TrackBack

Chunky cables = love. Thanks!

Posted by: Rachel at December 7, 2008 1:57 PM

Love them both! I've been thinking about cowls for Holiday knitting, too. Can't wait to try this. Lovely.

Posted by: renee at December 7, 2008 2:15 PM

The honeycomb stitch is one of my favorite Aran stitches...and, give me cables any day! I'm sure these cowls will be a big hit with the recipients. I like that it can be pulled up over the ears if they get too nippy.

Posted by: Rebecca at December 7, 2008 3:25 PM

Oh wow, they're both great, but I love that HoneyCowl so much, I'm going to cast on for it as soon as I stop typing. So glad I have some green bulky Morehouse in the stash!
Thanks for the pattern, Jess!

Posted by: Jessica at December 7, 2008 4:40 PM

Love these cowls! I have some Morehouse Merino I could double-strand to make one, and I have a few peeps on my Christmas list who might love one. Love it as a headband--looks super cute on you.

Posted by: Lisa at December 7, 2008 7:01 PM

super cute jess! i love honeycomb cables. they are so fun :)

Posted by: gleek at December 7, 2008 8:32 PM

Very cute! Fast projects are always so fun. :)

Posted by: nat at December 7, 2008 9:26 PM

Love them both! That Morehouse yarn always looks so edible.

Posted by: jane at December 8, 2008 2:18 AM

Beautiful - I have printed it off to make :)

Posted by: Jo at December 8, 2008 7:16 AM

Awesome cowl/headband!! Love the design.

Posted by: Julie at December 8, 2008 3:17 PM

These are so cute! Thanks for the patterns!

Posted by: Nonnahs at December 9, 2008 1:17 PM

they are both great- and sounds like something i would be able to make ... in autumn

Posted by: asiye Ivedi at December 9, 2008 6:02 PM

these are wonderful, thank you for sharing the pattern, it will be great for the last minute gift I could not come up with.

Posted by: leisa at December 11, 2008 12:23 PM

so chic yet snuggly. <3!

Posted by: Sandra at December 17, 2008 12:02 PM

Both very cool

Posted by: Beate at December 22, 2008 1:45 PM

Those are both gorgeous! So sad that one had to be frogged. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Posted by: Casey at December 24, 2008 2:41 PM

I just started with knitting cables. This is beautiful and perfect! Definitly gonna try.. Thank you for sharing! Great blog!

Posted by: lisette at January 16, 2009 4:38 AM

thanks for the pattern, very cute. Shall do this soon, that darn groundhog saw his shadow!!!!

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I'm really happy I found it thank you very much

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Posted by: Ray Ban Eyeglasses at March 3, 2012 12:19 AM

Hi -

I would like to make this cowl a bit larger - is the stitch pattern a multiple of 8?

Posted by: zoie at February 19, 2013 5:19 PM

I am new to the cable stitch just wondering on row 2 when is says C4B, C4F are there any stitches in-between. It just seemed to get tight as I went along trying to stitch the stitches off of the cable needle. Maybe I am doing something wrong. I put 4 stitches on cable maybe it only suppose to be 2. could you confirm this.

Thanks for your help

Posted by: Debi at March 9, 2014 7:20 PM

Methinksth the pictures show the needle size used is 11 mm, not 11 US. Also, there are at least 2 knit rows, not one, right after the cable cast on.

I hate it when the knitter offers a free pattern but can't even accurately write down simple, simple instructions. Meh.

Posted by: deedee at January 1, 2015 6:57 PM
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