Buttermilk Cowl by Elizabeth Lubowitz

Buttermilk Cowl

January 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in charted cable pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
500 - 600 yards (457 - 549 m)
one size, but easily re-sized
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The Buttermilk Cowl is an infinity scarf worked in the round and packed with small but mighty cables plus a generous helping of seed stitch for maximum texture and squishiness. Each row of the pattern repeat is easy to memorize, giving you a visually complex surface texture with that’s a breeze to knit.

This pattern matches the Buttermilk Toque.

This pattern is for you if… You are an unabashed lover of 2x2 cables, you can’t get enough of seed stitch, and the thought of combining the two leaves you breathless.

Move along if… Lots and lots of cables are not your idea of a good time.


  • knitting in the round
  • making knit and purl stitches
  • increasing and decreasing stitches
  • making cables using up to four stitches

One size, unstretched, approximately:

  • 54” / 137cm circumference
  • 9.5” / 24cm tall

542 yards (495 meters) / 282 grams (10oz) worsted weight yarn.


  • 1 US 6/4mm 32”/81cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • 1 US 7/4.5mm 32”/81cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • Per 4”/10cm in pattern, blocked: 24 stitches / 34 rows
  • Per 18-stitch pattern repeat: 3” / 7.6cm wide

Both charts and written instructions are included for the stitch patterns.

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