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:
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.
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.
Posted by jess at December 7, 2008 11:42 AM
Chunky cables = love. Thanks!
Love them both! I've been thinking about cowls for Holiday knitting, too. Can't wait to try this. Lovely.
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.
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!
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.
super cute jess! i love honeycomb cables. they are so fun :)
Very cute! Fast projects are always so fun. :)
Love them both! That Morehouse yarn always looks so edible.
Beautiful - I have printed it off to make :)
Awesome cowl/headband!! Love the design.
These are so cute! Thanks for the patterns!
they are both great- and sounds like something i would be able to make ... in autumn
these are wonderful, thank you for sharing the pattern, it will be great for the last minute gift I could not come up with.
Those are both gorgeous! So sad that one had to be frogged. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
I just started with knitting cables. This is beautiful and perfect! Definitly gonna try.. Thank you for sharing! Great blog!
thanks for the pattern, very cute. Shall do this soon, that darn groundhog saw his shadow!!!!
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I would like to make this cowl a bit larger - is the stitch pattern a multiple of 8?
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
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.