Evergreen Cowl by Loraine Birchall

Evergreen Cowl

Knitting
October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern using larger needles or 20sts x 28 sts in stocking stitch using smaller needles.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
200 - 360 yards (183 - 329 m)
18-22inch, 22-26inch, 26-30inch x 7 inch or 11 inch tall
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I chose Lanas Stop York Merino for the stitch definition with cables, it is super soft, luxurious and warm. I find this to be closer to a dk or double knit weight than sport weight, so consider that if using another yarn. A dk weight yarn with merino will give a lovely springy and clear cable. For those who can’t wear wool, we tested this with Stylecraft Highland Heathers DK and it worked really well. You could also try an acrylic/cotton blend.

The diamond cable pattern features cables, a texture pattern in the centre of the diamonds and a reverse stocking stitch background to make the cables pop. It matches our Evergreen Hat pattern. It’s a quick knit worked in the round from the bottom up.

A note on sizing:
The cable pattern itself is VERY stretchy, as is the ribbing with this yarn. It will easily fit between a 17 inch neck circumference and up to a 23 inches, you can add pattern repeats to make the cowl wider and I have included instructions for that. The smallest size will be a neat fit on my Dad who has a 25 inch head circumference but the 2nd or 3rd sizes worked very well on him.

Tension/Gauge:
Lightly Stretched Ribbing: 20sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Ribbing Unstretched: 32 sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Body of Cowl using larger needles in cable pattern unstretched: 16sts x 27 rows = 2.25in x 4in/5.5cm x 10cm
20st x 28 rows using 4mm needles and dk yarn in stocking stitch

Measurements
Size 1 18-22 inches, 46-59cm
Size 2 22-26 inches, 56-66cm
Size 3 26-30 inches, 56-76
Body Circumference
Unstretched 18 inches/43cm 22.5 inches/57cm 27 inches/68.5cm
Rib Circumference
Unstretched 17.5 inches/33cm 22 inches/56cm 26.5 inches/67cm
Height of cowl 11 inches/28cm oor 7 inches for shorter cowl for all sizes

My thanks, as always, go to my amazing test knitters: zayantemom, jhankie, BarefootHippie, MT-MOONCHASER, scrabblepooh, Catherinesm, Safiahesham and cbritton.