Rochambeau Cowlette by Carina Spencer

Rochambeau Cowlette

October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
250 - 325 yards (229 - 297 m)
one size written for 2 gauges to accommodate fingering - chunky yarns
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Rochambeau Cowlette takes its name from the game of chance also known as rock-paper-scissors and is knit top-down in three sections resembling the three elements of the game. A cowlette is an easy to wear cowl designed to mimic the look of a shawl casually draped as a scarf. All the style of a shawlette without the fuss of trying to keep it around your neck!

Pattern includes written and charted directions for two gauges to accommodate fingering - chunky weight yarn. Make it in large gauge for extra coziness or small gauge for a more delicate effect. Knits up fast from the top down with a small amount of yardage and makes a great gift!

Pattern is written for one size to fit an adult female.


YARN: 325 yds (300 m) of fingering-sport weight yarn OR 250 yds (230 m) of worsted-bulky weight yarn.

SM GAUGE sample (cover image/green sample) was knit with Malabrigo Finito in Mostaza (100% Merino; 200 yards/50 grams). LG GAUGE sample (variegated sample) was knit with Lucky Lamb Yarn Co. BFL Aran in Anna (100% BFL; 160 yards/3.5 oz).

NEEDLES: 20” circular needle in size required to obtain gauge, and needle 2-3 sizes larger for bind off (optional). See GAUGE section for suggested needle sizes.

NOTIONS: 3 mkrs, darning needle for weaving ends.

Numbers are provided for two gauges to accommodate fingering – bulky weight yarns. Directions are written for SM GAUGE with changes for LG GAUGE in parentheses. Gauge should be measured in stockinette after blocking.

SM GAUGE (for fingering-sport yarns): 24 sts = 4” (10 cm).
Suggested needle size US 4 (3.5mm).

LG GAUGE (for worsted-bulky yarns): 15 sts = 4” (10 cm). Suggested needle size US 9 (5.5mm).

cast on & bind off
single cast on (also known as “backward loop cast-on”) or your preferred method of casting on stitches to the right tip
knitting in the round
use of stitch markers
decrease (sl1-k2tog-psso, sl2-k1-psso, k2tog, SSK)
increase (YO)