Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Rib & Cable Cowl

Rib & Cable Cowl

With this cowl, I figured it was high time for something simple that sat close to the neck, but still had a striking design. Hence the rib & cable cowl was born. And yeah, that's about it...
A terrible picture of the pattern.
Sorry, my two-year-old was tugging on me.

Yarn: Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite (74% Acrylic, 22% Wool, 4% Payette; 264 yards [240 meters]/100 grams); #402 Diamond Mine – one skein

Needles: 24" circular needle in size 7, cable needle (cn) or double pointed needle for cabling

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size 7 needles

Cast on 135 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. And now it's time to begin the pattern, which goes as follows:

Row 1 & 3: * k4, p5; rep from *

Row 2: * k4, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog, yo *

Row 4: * slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog, yo *

Knit in pattern until piece measures roughly 8", or desired length is reached, and you've just finished row 1 of the pattern. Bind off loosely, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purls. Tuck in ends.



31 comments:

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    1. This is the pattern I would suggest for you. And you can even drop the cabling, if you'd like, and it will still be very pretty.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Also, if you get your husband to like my knitting blog on Facebook and then like the post I put up to give it away, you could win it. I'm giving it away on Wednesday!

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  3. Can you help me knit this in a flat pattern for a shawl? Please reply to ptb421@aol.com
    Thanks.

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  4. I don't know how to do cables yet but I love this scarf. How would I proceed without cables?

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    1. If you want to make this without cables you can just knit 4 instead of doing the cabling portion... but I encourage you to try!:) KnitPicks has a beginning cabling video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttb_21O6xZ0

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  5. I did the cable stitch in my knitting years ago. I will try again after I view the video. Much thanks for your encouragement and your speedy reply.

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    1. I will send you good thoughts!!! Let me know if you have any more questions :)

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  6. What is Row 3? Am I missing something?

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  7. Hi Gretchen,

    Can you make this pattern with straight knitting needles? Thank you. Love the pattern and thank you for sharing. :)

    Althea

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  8. Sorry Gretchen,

    My email address is aleemorris@yahoo.com for your reply. Thanks again.

    Althea

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    1. Hi Althea! Yes, this would be an easy pattern to covert to straight needles. Basically, you'll just want to do this:

      Cast on 136 stitches loosely. And now it's time to begin the pattern, which goes as follows:

      Row 1 & 3 (wrong side): k3, * p4, k5; rep from *; end last repeat k3 instead of k5

      Row 2: p1, p2tog, yo, * k4, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog, yo * until you have 7 stitches left, then k4, yo, p2tog, p1

      Row 4: p1, p2tog, yo, * slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog, yo *, until you have seven stitches left, then slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle, yo, p2tog, p1

      Knit in pattern until piece measures roughly 8", or desired length is reached, and you've just finished row 1 of the pattern. Bind off loosely, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purls. Seam and tuck in ends.

      I'll email it as well! And please, let me know if you have any more questions. I think that this is correct, but sometimes I mix things up in the conversion. Or in other words, if your knits aren't lining up with your knits or your purls aren't lining up with your purls, let me know :)

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  9. I love the look of this cowl. I have attempted to knit it, but had to rip it out 4 times. I am a fairly new knitter, but have done some cabling before. I concede on this one. Do you have a cowl pattern that would use the same yarn you used to make this one?
    Thanks so much.

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    1. Hi there!

      I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this pattern! I'm guessing the yarn overs and decreases are giving you issues. Anyway, I have some cowl patterns that use the same weight yarn (like the Notched Front Cowl: http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/2014/09/notched-front-cowl.html and the Sailor's Rib Cowl: http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/2014/11/sailors-rib-cowl.html). If you're a beginner and would like to try with something simpler, you could also go for something like the Autumn Rose Cowl (http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/2015/11/autumn-rose-cowl.html) or the Three Two One Cowl (http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/2015/07/three-two-one-cowl.html - you could do it in just one color). They are in different weights of yarn, but I'd be happy to help you modify the patterns to suit your fiber. :)

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    2. Hi,
      If you could modify the three two one cowl for me that would be great. I want to use the suggested yarn you used to knit this rib and cable cowl. I am trying to make a cowl for my 80 year old mother for Christmas. Thank you so much.

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    3. Hi again!

      Actually, in looking at this again, I don't think any modifications are required - you can use the yarn from this cowl for the Three Two One Cowl, and as long as you use the size US 6 needles that pattern recommends you should be perfect! :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  10. This is lovely and I am impressed by your skills and willingness to give patterns for straight needle versions. I often use circular needles because they are easier to hold and work with for some patterns in my case. I've been looking for a classy cowl and this one is perfect for my two special daughters-in-law!! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like the pattern. And I only knit on circulars, even when I'm making flat knits. :) But I understand that a lot of people prefer straights (even if I don't understand why!!!!).

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  11. I love this pattern and yarn choice. I have never submitted a comment before in all the years of reviewing things on the web... But felt compelled to do so because you are so kind and generous that I just wanted to tell you thank you for being such a nice person in trying to help others... You are indeed a unique person and artist. I will be following your items... Warm regards, Andrea from Boise

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    1. Hi Andrea!

      What a lovely thing to say, thank you! :) I certainly enjoy getting to share my creations with others, and getting to help people make them themselves!!! Of course, it's always nice to hear that it's appreciated as well. Oh, and finally, I love Boise! I have a few good friends there, and enjoy everything about it except the inversions. :)

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  12. What is the repeat sequence .... I would like to make it longer so instead of casting on 135 do i need multiples of 5 ?

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    1. It's actually in multiples of 9. So as long as you stick with that, you'll be fine! :)

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  13. Dear Ms. Tracy:
    I love this! It is absolutely lovely, but I don't wear cowls. I did notice that in Sept 2014 you got a request for a shawl or a scarf in this pattern. Do you have that pattern somewhere? Thank you for your talent, and your generosity. I'm very sorry to bother you.
    Debbie
    das.eva1@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Debbie!

      Thanks for the question! :) And to answer it - yes, I corresponded with someone back in 2014 regarding turning this pattern into either a prayer shawl or a scarf. Here's how I revised the stitch pattern for a flat knit rather than the round:

      Row 1 (right side): k3, p2, k4, * p5, k4; rep from * until you have five stitches left on your needle, p2, k3

      Rows 2 & 4: k5, * p4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * until you have nine stitches left on your needle, p4, k5

      Row 3: k3, p2, slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle, * p5, slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle; rep from * until you have five stitches left on your needle, p2, k3

      You can make it any width you want with whatever gauge yarn you'd like (as written, you'll have 3 stitches of garter on either edge), and to do it you'll need to cast on a multiple of 9 stitches + 5 (with a minimum of 23 stitches, or 9*2 + 5). Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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    2. Wow! Thank you so much! You are such a sweet person to do this for a free pattern! I'm very excited and I appreciate you taking the time for me.

      Debbie

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    3. Of course! I'm always happy to help! :)

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