Cabled Cowl – revamp

Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope x

It’s been a long long while since my last post and I am not ready to share the why’s and what’s just yet, maybe I will never be ready for that, but for now..I am here with a new post.

It has been another rocky year and I just hope that we are seeing the end of the tunnel and that this new post finds you all in good spirits, healthy and enjoying life.

The photo above shows one of the first free patterns I designed exactly 10 years ago when I first started my blog. I was very new to writing my own patterns then and felt excited, as well as a little sick in my stomach sending this out into the world. I needn’t have worried! This cowl became one of my most successful little designs with thousands of downloads since it was first launched. The original was knitted using Auracania Copihue and I still love wearing it today.

During a recent trip to Germany with ‘my girl’ we visited a beautiful yarn shop close to my old home and came across Merino Big by Laines du Nord in a stunning soft grey shade. ‘My girl’ immediately loved it and asked if I could knit her a cowl with cables as they are currently big in fashion.

What better time than to give the (old) Cabled Cowl a little revamp and share it with you.

You can use any chunky yarn you like, you need approximately 150m. As long as it pleases you and it is suitable for 7mm knitting needles, you are good to go. You will also need a cable needle for this pattern.


C6F – slip 3sts on cable needle to front of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle

C6B – slip 3sts on cable needle to back of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle

K – knit/ P – purl/ YO – yarn over/ K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together/ SL1 – slip 1/ PSSO – pass slipped stitch over/ RS – right side/ WS – wrong side

How To

Cast on 48 stitches for the cowl (increase in sets of 12 stitches if you want it looser – (you may need more yarn)).

Set-Up row (WS): Purl all stitches.

Row 1 (RS): *K2, k2tog, k2, yo, C6F; repeat from * to end.

Row 2 and all even rows: Purl all stitches.

Row 3: *K1, k2tog, k2, yo, k7; repeat from * to end.

Row 5: *K2tog, k2, yo, k8; repeat from * to end.

Row 7: *C6B, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2; repeat from * to end.

Row 9: *K7, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to end.

Row 11: *K8, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to end.

Row 12: Purl.

Repeat these 12 rows until work measures approximately 60cm from cast on.

Cast off and seam together. Weave in ends and block lightly if desired.

Enjoy making your very own Cabled Cowl and most importantly: Stay Safe xo

Please share your finished cowls with me on social media @madewithloops, or send a photo via e-mail. I would love to see your finished creations.