Bough by Leila Raven


November 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Bough Motif (Cowl) with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
215 - 845 yards (197 - 773 m)
Cowl: 55" circumference; 11" height. Hat: 22½" circumference (to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 22-24"); 8¾" height
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“Tree motifs and classic cables dappled with shadow rib texture make this hat and cowl a fun wintry set—a nod to the Tree of Life and other traditional Aran stitch patterns. The larger the pom-pom for the top of the hat, the better.” – Leila Raven


  • Hat is worked in the round from brim to crown, beginning with Long-Tail Cast On.
  • Cowl begins with a provisional cast on for the Center Section and is worked in the round. The stitches of the final round are left live. Knitted-on borders are attached to live stitches at the top and bottom edges.

Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
215 yards color A for Hat; 630 yards color B for Cowl
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g): 2 skeins color A for Hat; 5 skeins color B for Cowl

Hat photographed (with and without pom-pom) in color Birdbook
Cowl photographed in color Woodsmoke

22½ stitches & 32 rounds = 4” in Bough Motif (Cowl) with Size A needle(s), after blocking
22 stitches & 34 rounds = 4” in Two-and-One Twisted Ribbing with Size B needle(s), after blocking

One 21-stitch repeat of Bough & Cable Motif (Hat) measures 3¾“ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
One 14-stitch repeat of Bough Motif (Cowl) measures 2½” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
14-stitch Cabled Border Motif (Cowl) measures 1¾“ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking

18 stitches & 26 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note: Stockinette stitch is not used in the pattern; gauge is for reference only

Size A (for Main Fabric):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, and a set of double-pointed needles (DPN) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing – Hat only):
One 16” circular needle three sizes smaller than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Cowl: 55” circumference; 11” height
Hat: 22½“ circumference (to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 22-24”); 8¾” height

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Please note: the stitch patterns in this accessory are charted only.