Cabled Convertible Cowl


Mix up your style with the versatile and fashionable Cabled Convertible Cowl. You can wear this innovative pattern in several different ways, providing numerous ways to change up your look. Go for the traditional look and wear this cowl around your neck, or show off the cabled centerpiece by wearing it shrug style; the choice is yours, and youll look great either way.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Naturally Country (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Merino Wool; 3oz/85g, 185yds/170m): #0017 Claret: 2 (2, 2)skeins
  • One pair size U.S. 10 (6mm) needles or size to obtain gauge
  • One crochet hook size U.S. G/6 (4mm)
  • Cable needle (cn)
  • Yarn needle

Small, Medium and Large.

Chest 34 (38, 42)”/86.5 (96.5, 106.5)cm circumference

In Stockinette Stitch using size U.S 10 (6mm) needles, 16 sts and 20 rows = 4”/10cm
Cable insert measures approx 9”/23cm long by 3 ½"/9cm wide

C6B: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn.
C6F: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn.

Stockinette Stitch (St st):
Knit RS rows and purl WS rows.

When increasing, knit 1 in stitch in row below.

When slipping stitches, slip knitwise on knit rows and slip purlwise with yarn in front on purl rows.

CO 6 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K.
Row 2 (RS): K1, inc 1 st, k across to last st, inc 1 st, k last st—8 sts.
Row 3: P.
Rows 4-11: Rep Rows 2-3--16 sts.
Row 12: K1, inc 1 st in row below, k4, C6B, k4, inc 1 st in row below, k last st—18 sts.
Row 13: P.
Rows 14-15: Rep Rows 2-3—20 sts.
Row 16: K1, inc 1 st in row below, C6F, k6, C6F, inc 1 st in row below, k last st—22 sts.
Row 17: P.
Row 18: K.
Row 19: P.
Row 20: K8, C6B, k8.
Row 21: P.
Row 22: K.
Row 23: P.
Rows 24: K2, C6F, k6, C6F, k2.
Rows 25-40: Rep Rows 17-24 twice—22 sts.
Row 41: P2tog, p across to last 2 sts, p2tog—20 sts.
Row 42: K.
Row 43: Rep Row 41—18 sts.
Row 44: K6, C6B, k6.
Row 45: Rep Row 41—16 sts.
Row 46: K.
Rows 47-54: Rep Rows 45-46 four times--8 sts rem.
Row 55: K2tog, p across to last 2 sts, k2tog—6 sts.
BO. Do not cut off. Last loop on needle counts as first loop when sts are picked up along side edge below.
Row 56: Working along one side edge of previous rows, pick up 51 sts—52 sts on needle for cowl portion.  Note: For a neater edge, sl the first st of each row hereafter.
Row 57: P.
Row 58 (RS): (K4, yo) across to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 59: P64.
Work in St st until cowl portion measures 30 (34, 38)”, end with a WS row.
Next row: (K4, drop 1 st off left needle) across to last 4 sts, k4.
Next row: P across 52 sts.


Pull apart the sts at the dropped st location so that they are separated to Row 58.  Seam BO row to opposite side edge of cable insert. (Note: For best results, use crochet slip stitch to seam.)  Using yarn needle, weave in all ends securely.

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Have not yet tried this pattern, but reading through it seems fairly clear - think it would make an interesting and unique cowl and have moved it into my top five pending projects ... the only question I have revolves around changes for sizes if one wants to knit it as a shrug as I am not taken with shrugs anyway, it doesn't matter to me but for others it coulld be a problem

this pattern could definitely benefit from clearer instructions and it's imperative to have some sort of graphic that show how it works. Reading the instructions it appears that you work the front cabled panel and then start working the body up to down until you reach the desired circumfrence is obtained and then finish by attaching to the other side of the front panel.

There are 3 sizes recommended, but I don't see a recommended number of stitches to cast on and the pattern you used for the main cowl. Beautiful.

I'm having trouble understanding what I'm supposed to do with the dropped stitches once they are pulled out to row 58. Also, is there a certain way to pull them out or just lightly oil until route 58? Thanks for your help.

Really beautiful!

Is there a mistake in the pattern, it doesn't seem to show St stiches after the cable insert but some kind of ribbing with yo's.


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