Cabled Sampler Cowl by Angela Hahn

Cabled Sampler Cowl

February 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette st
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
Circumference 23"/58.5 cm, height 8"/20.5 cm
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Several different cables contrasted with seed stitch give this cowl a rich surface texture. Although it looks complicated, it’s quite simple, and in fact is a suitable first cable project for a novice knitter.

The cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up, using a bulky weight yarn. Instructions are given in both charted and written form.

1st-4th photos: 8”/20.5 cm height cowl.
5th photo: 5 1/2”/14 cm height cowl.
6th-8th photos: “Wrong side”

Finished Size
Approximately 23”/58.5 cm circumference, as shown. Height of cowl is approximately 8”/20.5 cm as shown; instructions are also given for short (5½“/14 cm) and medium (6¾”/17 cm) versions.

Yarn #5 Bulky weight yarn, approx 200 yd/185 m. Shown in Quince & Co. Osprey, 100% American wool, 170 yd/155m per 3.5 oz/100 g, #106 Bird’s Egg, 2 skeins for tall version (as shown).

Some substitute yarns:
Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, Lang Yarns Merino 70, Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky, Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky, Cascade Yarns Pacific Chunky, Berroco Comfort Chunky, Schachenmayr Boston Sun, Austermann Soft Cotton, Bernat Maker Fashion (last 4 are non-wool)

Needles US size 10.5/6.5 mm circular needle, 24”/60 cm long. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch markers, ideally four different colors; removable stitch marker; tapestry needle.

14 sts/21 rows to 4”/10 cm in stockinette st; plaited cable (12 sts) is approximately 2½“/6.5 cm wide. Measure gauge on blocked swatch, but do not stretch/flatten swatch completely while blocking.

To make it easier to keep track of stitch count and establish stitch patterns, colored markers will be placed during cast on.