Pattern Spotlight – Rib & Cable Cowl

rib and cable cowlLast month I started my Pattern Spotlight feature, with the Gallatin Scarf. My intention is to road test patterns and share the ones I’ve made successfully – I’ll always choose free patterns too!

This month I’m looking at another neck related knit – the Rib and Cable Cowl by Gretchen Tracy! For the example from Gretchen’s site, she’s used Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite in Diamond Mine.

I’ve actually knitted this cowl twice now, both times using Louisa Harding Amitola yarn. The first was using the shade Berries (103), which gave a lovely shift between yellow, pink and purple. I had intended to sell it but I did a cable to wrong way on one row so it ended up being mine! The Amitola yarn is easy to work with, and this doesn’t even use a full ball, so it’s a relatively inexpensive knit – perfect for gift-giving (especially as Christmas is just around the corner!)

Rib and Cable Cowl

The second was using Dark Rose (111), which is available for sale here in my Etsy shop.

Louisa Harding Amitola

The cowl only requires one 24” 4.5mm circular needle, a cable needle, and a little over 200 yards of DK/worsted yarn. It’s actually an easy pattern, and once you get it established it makes a quick and satisfying TV knit. The pattern is available for FREE, and it’s well worth a go if you want to try knitting in the round, or you want something that doesn’t require shaping!

You can also find it at Gretchen’s site, Balls to the Walls Knits, which I highly recommend as she provides lots of cool patterns for free.

You can use any DK/worsted yarn, but if you do use Louisa Harding Amitola, you can find it for £6.95 at Loveknitting, £6.95 at Deramores, and £4.15 at Stash.

Would you ever knit this pattern?

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