Lyones Cowl by Karen Robinson

Lyones Cowl

April 2014
Round Table Yarns Lancelot
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
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Construction and Size
The combination of cables and a close fit to the neck makes this a perfect cowl to keep your neck warm during those cold winter months. If you haven’t tried working cables without a cable needle, this cowl would be a great practice project for that technique. It is knit in the round on circular needles in a worsted weight yarn. Pattern includes both written directions as well as a chart for the cable and twist section (which is also written out).

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skills needed: knitting in the round, cables, right and left twists (instructions provided in pattern and video tutorial for left twist available)

US 7/4.5 mm 16” (40 cm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
US 8/5.0 mm 16” (40 cm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Cable needle (optional)
Stitch marker


  • If you would like to try working the cables without a cable needle, this would be a good pattern to try that. I have a tutorial video for this technique.
  • Thank you to my test knitters (dambird, moutons, and MrsN2itiv) who provided valuable feedback.
  • For a matching set, see the Lyonet Hat.

About the Name
Lyonet and her sister Lyones are characters within Sir Thomas Malory’s grand Arthurian story, Le Morte d’Arthur. They are in the section about Sir Gareth. Gareth is the youngest brother of Sir Gawain and he comes to Arthur’s court as an unknown (under an assumed name--and then given the nickname Beaumains) to try to make something of himself without relying on his brother’s reputation. Lyonet comes riding into Arthur’s court seeking a knight to rescue her imprisoned sister, Lyones. Gareth asks for the honor of this quest and Arthur grants it. Because Gareth had been working in the kitchen, Lyonet is not impressed by the knight that Arthur has sent with her to help save her sister. She insults Gareth at every turn. Even though Lyonet has no faith in Gareth’s abilities, he is able to rescue her sister and in return, he and Lyones are married.

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