Owls Retreat by Claire Slade
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Owls Retreat

October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
420 yards (384 m)
One Size
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This is my take on the classic owl cable pattern. Owls Retreat is knit in one piece from the bottom up; it is shaped with simple short rows and finished with an optional icord bind off. The owls are achieved with a combination of slipped stitches and cables, which means that you will be only working with one yarn at a time.

The pattern includes comprehensive notes on all of the techniques used including how to add beads with a crochet hook. This is a written pattern with no charts.

This pattern has been fully tech-edited.


190yds / 174m yarn A (brown)
140yds / 128m yarn B (ginger)
90yds / 82m yarn C (beige)

3.5mm / US4 long circular needle
36 size 6.00 beads for the eyes
Cable needle
Small crochet hook or dental floss for adding beads
9 stitch markers (optional)


20sts x 40rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch once lightly blocked.

Finished Measurements:

47” wide x 12” deep (119.5 x 30.5cm)

Pictured sample is knit in Cascade 220 Fingering in shades 8686 (A), 2414 (B) and 8021 (C)