Tea, Earl Grey, Decaf by Elizabeth Lubowitz

Tea, Earl Grey, Decaf

March 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 - 200 yards (160 - 183 m)
one size
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Tea, Earl Grey, Decaf is a close-fitting cowl inspired by the sartorial choices of everyone’s favourite retired starship captain. Knit from the bottom up, the cowl features a combination of ribbing and a woven cable panel separated by travelling 1x1 diagonal twists.


  • knitting in the round
  • making knit and purl stitches
  • knitting through the back loop
  • making cables using four stitches
  • making twists using two stitches

One size:

  • Height: front: 7.5”/19cm; back: 8.25”/21cm
  • Circumference: 20”/51cm

189 yards (173 meters) / 80 grams (2.8oz) worsted weight yarn that showcases cables well.


  • 1 US 6/4mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

All measurements are taken from washed and blocked knitting, unstretched.

  • Stockinette, per 4”/10cm: 22 stitches / 27 rows
  • Cable motif, per 4”/10cm: 26 stitches / 26 rows
  • Ribbing, per 4”/10cm: 23 stitches / 24.25 rows

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

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