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Simple One Skein Cowl Knitting Pattern For Beginners

Updated on January 23, 2019
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If you've just learned how to knit cables and want to know what to knit with one skein of yarn, this is a great beginner project for you.

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Supplies You Will Need

  1. U.S. Size 10 knitting needles
  2. One skein of Mandala brand yarn in color: Chimera
  3. Using this yarn with this size needles, the cowl will measure approximately 36 inches long x 12 inches wide when completed.

Knitting Skills For This Project

For this simple knitting pattern, you will only need to know how to cast on stitches, and how to knit and purl. These are the only skills required, and the cables will be explained step by step as I lead you through each section of this knitting pattern. Do not be afraid of knitting cables for the very first time. Furthermore, you will find that my tip of using a bobby pin is much better than using a cable needle because it will hold the stitches firmly and there will be no worry of dropping stitches.

This pattern is the perfect knitting pattern for beginners because it is written in a longer, conversational type format without any confusing abbreviations, unlike the usual shorthand format used for writing patterns. The shorthand format is often difficult for anyone to understand.


TIP!

Promise me that you will always remember when knitting any of my patterns, that you enjoy your knitting time and that you won't become anxious if you happen to miscount one or two rows. For example, if you knit one or two rows extra between pattern rows, just continue as it will be barely noticeable. Make your knitting time a truly peaceful experience.


Stitch Groupings

1 edge Stitch, 18 stitches, 2 stitches for the divider

18 stitches, 2 stitches for the divider

18 stitches, 2 stitches for the divider

18 stitches, 2 stitches for the divider

18 stitches, 1 edge stitch

Step by Step Cable Knit Cowl - Overview

Here is an overview of how this cable knit cowl is constructed.This pattern consists of exactly 100 stitches. The left and right panels, as with the center three panels, have 18 stitches respectively, and there is one stitch for each of the outer edges.

Each cabled panel is 20 stitches wide. 18 stitches are used for creating the cables and the two additional stitches are used for the borders between the cables.

Mandala Brand Yarn - Yarn Color "Chimera"

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Set Up Rows

Begin by knitting into the back of each stitch for the first row. This will give you a beautifully neat neat edge without loose yarn and loops along the edges that are impossible to correct once they are created.

For the next row, purl back along this wrong side. You will then be ready to commence work on the main part of this cowl pattern.

These first rows are a neat and tidy foundation for the beginning of any knitting pattern. We will now call the next row, Row 1 for the purpose of keeping with the pattern instructions.

Row 1

Slip first Stitch purlwise.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with this term, "purlwise" it simply means to insert the knitting needle as if you were about to purl a stitch, but instead, just slip it across to the opposite needle without working the stitch at all.


Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches

Be sure to purl (last) edge stitch, don’t just slip it purlwise.

Now, turn your work, then work back across the row by slipping the first stitch purlwise, then working the reverse side as you see the stitches. So you will purl the purl stitches and knit the knit stitches as you see them.

Then, as before, be sure to purl the last stitch.



Row 5

This is your first row of creating the cable pattern. The edge cable is first, so begin by slipping the first stitch purlwise for the outer edge, then slip 9 stitches from your left needle onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work.

Knit 9 stitches, then return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left needle and knit them.

Purl the next 2 stitches.

Now for another cable, which is the first for the body of this pattern.


Repeat the process to create another cable now.

Slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

In this next panel which is the center panel, there is no cable at this time, so continue by knitting the next 18 stitches, then purling 2 stitches.

Now we work another cable, so begin by slipping 9 stitches onto a cable needle on a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Now we have to create the cable for the opposite edge of the pattern, so again, we slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of the work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 1 stitch for the very outside edge.

Row 6

Work back across the row by slipping the first stitch purlwise, then simply work the reverse side as you see the stitches. Purl the purl stitches and knit the knit stitches as you see them.

Purl the last stitch.

Continue working each row back and forth until you are ready to begin Row 9.

Row 9

For row 9, you will create a cable in the center panel of your work.

Slip 1 stitch purlwise for your very outer edge, then begin…

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Now for that cable - slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, and purl the very last stitch.


For rows 10, 11, 12, 13,and 14, you will just knit and purl back and forth as you see the stitches. Knit the knit stitches, and purl the purl stitches. Remember to always slip the first stitch purlwise, and purl the very last stitch of every row.

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Row 15

Row 15 is the 1st repeat of the pattern, so work it the same as you did for Row 5.

For this row we are creating cables for each of the edge panels, and for the first and third panels.

Begin as always, by slipping the first stitch purlwise

Slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl the very last stitch.


For rows 16, 17, 18, 19,and 20, you will just knit and purl back and forth as you see the stitches. So knit the knit stitches, and purl the purl stitches as you see them.

Row 21

In this row you will once again you will create a cable in the center panel of your work.

This row is the same as row 9, so now you have all of the pattern presented that you need to keep repeating.

Slip 1 stitch purlwise for your very outer edge, then begin…

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Now for that cable - slip 9 stitches onto a cable needle or a bobby pin and keep it toward the front of your work

Knit 9 stitches

Return the 9 stitches from the cable needle back to your left hand needle and knit them

Purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, purl 2 stitches

Knit 18 stitches, and purl the very last stitch.

Repeat as Before...

You now have the whole pattern. Repeat as you go, using row 15 which is the first part of the pattern.

Knit and purl for the 5 rows between, then work row 21 where you create the center cable.

Note: When your work measures approximately 30 inches, be mindful of how to finish this project. If you check back to the beginning after the set up rows, you will see there are only three rows rather than five rows between the first row of pattern and the second row of pattern. If you forget and create five rows it does not matter as this will be barely noticeable.

After your last row of pattern, you will have only three rows left until you cast off your stitches to complete your project.

Cable Knit Cowl With Button Finish

Your cable knit cowl can be finished off with two buttons as shown in the image below, or you might prefer three buttons, adding the third button for the bottom point. The two button version can be used as a functional finish with the cable spaces used as buttonholes. I prefer to sew the buttons on and pull the cowl over head as this is less work and just as effective.

I purchased these lovely buttons in the thrift store for just a couple of dollars, but I plan to use wooden buttons to match the earthy tones of the yarn.

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TIP!

If you forget to purl only the last stitch of your rows, and purl both the first and last stitches instead of slipping the first each time, you will likely create an edge that will be way too tight. This will cause your work to roll inward so it has curled edges. If this happens, there is no way to correct the problem.

© 2019 Kerry Lynette

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