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Home : Patterns : Side Slit Cabled Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern: Side Slit Cabled Cowl

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Alpaca Blend
Pattern #: L10152
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Finished Circumference About 32 in. (81.5 cm)
Finished Height About 16 in. (40.5 cm)

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This unique cowl can be worn at the neck, or even pulled down for a capelet-like look. Designed by Lily Chin for Lion Brand.

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*Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Alpaca Blend (Article #5500). 40% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (115yds/105m) pull skeins

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Side Slit Cabled Cowl

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Alpaca Blend


16 sts + 16 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in cable pattern

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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RT (Right Twist) K2tog and leave on left needle, then with right needle, go between the 2 sts and k the first st again.
3-LT (3-st Left Twist) Sl first st as if to knit, k1, yarn over, k1, pass the slipped st over these last 3 sts and off the needle.


1. Cowl beg at lower edge and is worked back and forth in rows to neck. Piece is then joined and worked in rnds.
2. When instructed to sl the first st as if to purl, hold yarn in front. When instructed to sl the first st as if to knit, hold yarn in back.

Beg at lower edge, cast on 129 sts loosely. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1 as if to p, *k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2 (RS): Sl 1 as if to k, k across. Rep last 2 rows for Rib pattern until all yarn in one ball is used or until piece measures 4 in. (10 cm) from beg, end with a RS row. Note:End with a RS row means that the last row you work should be a RS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a WS row.


Beg working in the rnd. With RS facing, sl first st on left-hand needle onto right-hand needle, pass last st of previous row over slipped st to decrease 1 st - 128 sts rem. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Rnd 1: *P2, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p2, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P2, RT, p2, k3, p2, RT, p2, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 4: *P2, RT, p2, 3-LT, p2, RT, p2, k1; rep from * around.
Rep last 4 rnds for Cable pattern until piece measures 16 in. (40.5 cm) from beg or until about 6 yd (6 m) of yarn rem. Bind off in pattern.


Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Side Slit Cabled Cowl Reviewed by Victoria Bergesen on 2012-08-23 *****
This is a fun pattern to make. There is just enough variation in stitches to keep it interesting, without making it too difficult. It knits up quickly in #5 Bulky yarn.
I did use a fine crochet hook, when pulling the slipped stitch over the following three (3LT).

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