Luxe Cabled Cowl and Membership Giveaway!
August 26, 2009
Chunky lush cowls are looking to be big (literally AND figuratively) this coming fall and winter!
Here is my version (pattern #103 Luscious Cabled Cowl, coming very soon!) - a super quick knit in a bulky weight yarn. The fabulous all-over cable pattern and the rich, heathered color make this cowl easily pass for the super-expensive ones I've seen in fashion magazines!
The cables at the edges of the cowl create a elegant wavy edging for the top and bottom. It's worked sideways, then seamed up the back. If you prefer a skinnier cowl, you can knit fewer rows; if you prefer a looser cowl, knit more rows.
AND this cowl project only uses 2 hanks of yarn! The sample is knit in Knit Picks Swish Bulky, a very soft merino wool that feels great snuggled up against my neck.
Here are some photos of the new cowl, worn draped around the neck and pulled up:
Here it is folded over a bit in front to keep out the chill.
I think this is a great pattern to make as gifts for friends.
Look for the pattern announcement in an upcoming email newsletter.
P.S. Eager to get this pattern? Love patterns like this? Then join the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club! Members will get this pattern FIRST and AUTOMATICALLY as part of their monthly fr-ee pattern(s) benefit that comes with membership. Members also enjoy direct access to SweaterBabe, exclusive KALs, special giveaways, and more! Join now for only $7.99 per month. Check out all the details on the Knitting Club.
P.P.S. Meanwhile, I'll be giving away one-month's free membership* to 3 people who comment on this blog post by 9pm PST, September 8th. With membership, you'll get this pattern and more for fr-ee during your trial month! Winners will be chosen at random on September 10th. One comment per person, please.
* To claim your free month of membership, you will be required to enter your credit card to set up subscription fees for the months after your fr-ee trial month. You will be able to cancel all future subscription fees at any time if you are not happy with your membership.
9/8/09 Update: Entry into the giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all the great comments! Winner to be posted later this week.
9/10/09: AND the 3 randomly chosen winners are. . . Julie Brandenburg, Stephanie McGuckin, and Alison! You have each been emailed with instructions on how to start your fr-ee membership month. Enjoy and congrats!!!
I love that cowl - looks very snuggly, but elegant!
Posted by: kelly-ann | August 26, 2009 at 02:36 PM
I'm ordering the yarn now to make that cowl. You did an excellent job with yet another beautiful pattern.
Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM
I've been looking for a cowl pattern and I think this is the one. Beautiful!
Posted by: Jennifer E | August 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM
Very pretty - can't wait to make one!!
Posted by: Liz | August 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM
That is a really cool neck warmer. It would be great on those cool, crisp nights you go out with friends.
Posted by: Karen McGee | August 27, 2009 at 11:17 AM
This looks like an awesome cowl. Just what they are showing for this season!
Posted by: nan | August 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM
Wow, I'm excited - it looks like a great "quick knit"!
Posted by: Jean Chang | August 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM
very cushy & comfortable looking!
Posted by: JO | August 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM
Oooh, that cowl looks so smooshy and luscious! I think I'll make it for my coworkers' Christmas gifts. :-)
Posted by: Jeanie | August 27, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Wow! That is seriously cute. Just love it to pieces. I have been making your patterns for years and truly love them!
Posted by: Angie H. | August 27, 2009 at 12:29 PM
That is very pretty! I really like the cable pattern :)
Posted by: kelle | August 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM
Love the cables - very lush. I'd love to wear this.
Posted by: Moira | August 27, 2009 at 01:12 PM
Love this pattern and plan to make it!
Posted by: Barbara Gates | August 27, 2009 at 01:46 PM
That's one of my favorite blues, and the cowl itself makes me wish for cooler weather!
Posted by: Susan | August 27, 2009 at 02:02 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!! Can't wait for the pattern!
Posted by: Amy | August 27, 2009 at 02:15 PM
SweaterBabe, you've done it again! A unique, beautiful piece that we can't wait to knit - perfect gift for the holidays, too!
Posted by: Joyce | August 27, 2009 at 02:52 PM
This is a wonderful idea and fast to knit too! Luv it!
Posted by: Susan Spiers | August 27, 2009 at 03:05 PM
Beautiful cowl....right up my alley. When will it be available. Beautiful color, pattern, I want it.
Posted by: Adele Palmiotti | August 27, 2009 at 05:20 PM
It's a beauty, almost like a tiny portion of a sweater, so I can get used to cabling without the stress of piecing a larger project. Good work!
Posted by: Gayle | August 27, 2009 at 09:08 PM
Love the cowl and I can't wait to make it!
Posted by: Estella | August 28, 2009 at 04:39 AM
I love the stylish look of this cowl. Looks like a great x-mas gift
Posted by: LISA | August 28, 2009 at 04:03 PM
The cowl is gorgous! I'm a club member, so am I still eligible for a free month? Thanks!
Posted by: Mary Helgesen | August 28, 2009 at 07:10 PM
This cowl is appealing, looks lovely and soft, warming, feminine and stylish..... just what I would love to wear!!!
Posted by: Sandra | August 29, 2009 at 03:58 AM
Mmmm, that just looks so snuggly and soft! And the color you chose is fabulous! I think for this one I would be willing to learn how to do cables :)
Posted by: Marlys Leder | August 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM
That cowl is a real " Eye Catcher", very stylish, sexy, and chic all in one. Definitely in my que for fall knitting!
Posted by: Deborah | August 31, 2009 at 04:44 PM
This is great, I saw the Burberry cowls from the runway and thought about trying to recreate one, but now I won't have to.
Posted by: Julie Brandenburg | September 04, 2009 at 07:17 PM
Thanks - with this beautiful cowl to knit for fall, I feel better about letting go of summer!!
Posted by: Rhona | September 05, 2009 at 07:44 AM
That cowl is lovely, as are all of your patterns. THanks so much!
Posted by: Heidi Monkey | September 05, 2009 at 10:11 AM
I like this Cabled Cowl! Looks so warm and snuggly!
Posted by: Olivia Sze | September 05, 2009 at 10:15 AM
It looks very snuggly without being frou-frou.
Posted by: Sabrina J. | September 05, 2009 at 10:15 AM
even the picture looks cozy!
Posted by: Temple | September 05, 2009 at 10:22 AM
That is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! ahh!! I need to use up this super bulky yarn I have laying around taking up space in my stash!!
Posted by: Denise | September 05, 2009 at 10:29 AM
I like this pattern very much. I haven't cared for cowls too much but this is a very pretty pattern.
Posted by: Janet Pruett | September 05, 2009 at 10:32 AM
I so look forward to your newsletter....and what appears today is a cowl!!!!!!! I am addicted to making cowls, have done 10 now but this one looks so soft and warm....was wondering can I make this on circular needles??? all the others I have made are done so...... so sewing which I have trouble doing nicely. Have a super day...now off to make another cowl!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Linda Clark | September 05, 2009 at 10:36 AM
Posted by: Marina | September 05, 2009 at 10:38 AM
That cowl is gorgeous. You're right, it looks just as good as anything you'd see in the fall fashion mags.
Posted by: Melissa | September 05, 2009 at 10:39 AM
This cowl is gorgeous. I ove the way it gathers up and looks oh so cozy.
Posted by: Jennifer | September 05, 2009 at 10:39 AM
This looks so fluffy and warm. The thing about cowls is that they don't come undone like a scarf, I think that is what appeals to me.
Posted by: Alane | September 05, 2009 at 10:40 AM
The versatility and the ways it keeps so much of my neck and shoulders warm make this a winner for winter!!! Thanks!
Posted by: Natalie Dyer | September 05, 2009 at 10:41 AM
It is a lovely shade but I wouldn't be able to wear it comfortably. Too fluffy and fussy. Still I can see how many people would absolutely love it. I like the cable pattern but would use in further away from my face.
Posted by: karen | September 05, 2009 at 10:42 AM
This cowl is so fashion forward looking. I love it!
Posted by: MK | September 05, 2009 at 10:47 AM
What a combination of beauty and art! I love this elegant yet practical cowl - so unique!
Posted by: Marie | September 05, 2009 at 10:51 AM
This is really nice looking. I'm not ready to think about cold weather yet but I might look forward to wearing it!
Posted by: Elena | September 05, 2009 at 10:52 AM
How Cozy! I live where the winter weather dips down to -25C or lower some days so a cowl would be perfect - love the colour!
Posted by: Deborah A | September 05, 2009 at 10:54 AM
Pretty! What a great way to stay warm and accessorize!
Posted by: Fay | September 05, 2009 at 10:56 AM
Lovely cowl, I have been looking for a pretty neckwarmer pattern for ages. Just in time for fall knitting.
Posted by: Twyla | September 05, 2009 at 11:00 AM
Ooooh, how snuggly! Could be a new fav :)
Posted by: Claire | September 05, 2009 at 11:10 AM
Oh, how wonderful, that's a cowl I just have to knit!
Posted by: LenaL | September 05, 2009 at 11:14 AM
wow it's beautiful cowl! I want to try it!
Posted by: July | September 05, 2009 at 11:35 AM
This one looks SO luxurious! It makes me super excited for the cooler months ahead...a great color too!
Posted by: Tami Steptoe | September 05, 2009 at 11:38 AM
what a great cowl i think i might have to buy this pattern
Posted by: stephanie mcguckin | September 05, 2009 at 11:40 AM
Lovely cowl! I love the cables!
Posted by: SuzyQ | September 05, 2009 at 11:48 AM
How elegant this looks!
Posted by: janice Rosenberg | September 05, 2009 at 11:55 AM
I love anything that keeps me warm in the winter and that cowl looks beautiful at the same time.
Posted by: Lisa | September 05, 2009 at 12:02 PM
I adore this cowl! I'm an instant gratification kinda person, so I love patterns for small projects - and this one has enough pizazz to keep it interesting!
Posted by: Andrea | September 05, 2009 at 12:16 PM
Gorgeous...I love cowls.
Posted by: Gwen | September 05, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Ohh it looks cuddly!
Posted by: meowy | September 05, 2009 at 12:37 PM
If done in a fall hand-dyed colorway it would be perfect for the season
Posted by: Hanh-Trang Ginocchio | September 05, 2009 at 12:39 PM
I am so looking forward to making this cowl. It looks like the perfect gift for my dear daughter-in-law.
Posted by: Susan | September 05, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Fantastic... just love that cowls
Posted by: Paula | September 05, 2009 at 12:56 PM
I love cables, and this cowl looks so lovely, and cozy! Perfect!
Posted by: Karen Gilbank | September 05, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Your patterns are all so lovely and wearable. Thanks for another great one.
Posted by: Karen | September 05, 2009 at 01:00 PM
Cowls are so versatile and this one looks really warm and pretty.
Posted by: larki | September 05, 2009 at 01:17 PM
I love the way the cowl lays around the neck.
Posted by: Donna C | September 05, 2009 at 01:21 PM
the cowl is great. would love to win the pattern but will purchase if i don't win!
Posted by: arthella | September 05, 2009 at 01:22 PM
I just love this cowl...it looks so cozy and makes me think of taking a long walk on a cool autumn day with a mug of hot cocoa!
Posted by: Kris | September 05, 2009 at 01:27 PM
Beautiful! I adore cables.
Posted by: Tara | September 05, 2009 at 01:29 PM
Cables and a Cowl.....WOW!!! How much better can it get????
Posted by: Alice | September 05, 2009 at 01:35 PM
I think the cowl is very stylish and I love the colour of the yarn too!
Posted by: Mimi | September 05, 2009 at 01:35 PM
This is just gorgeous, I can see this in a matching color for my winter coat.
Posted by: Candi | September 05, 2009 at 01:43 PM
Totally in love. I want this in a beautiful variegated olive green with flecks of gold and brown in something incredibly soft!
Posted by: Andrea Ihara | September 05, 2009 at 01:43 PM
Ooohh! I love it! Chic and quick to knit - the perfect Holiday gift for all my best girls!
Posted by: pair | September 05, 2009 at 01:50 PM
I love cables and I love cowls! Great combination! And I'd love to join the knitting club!!!! :)
Posted by: Claudia | September 05, 2009 at 02:18 PM
Nice! The colour is lovely.
Posted by: irene | September 05, 2009 at 02:19 PM
Looks perfect for a Minnesota winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Nancy | September 05, 2009 at 02:28 PM
There are many patterns that are very pretty, but for those that yearn of the “Sophisticated” look, this is in a class all of it’s own. Thank you for opening the door of opportunity with this pattern.
Posted by: Cheryl Berg | September 05, 2009 at 02:33 PM
So beautiful, can't wait to make one.
Posted by: Christina Tretick | September 05, 2009 at 02:42 PM
just what I need for xmas presents
Posted by: mary knapp-samet | September 05, 2009 at 02:46 PM
Saw lots of coals at Bloomies. Now I can knit myself and the girls their own !!!
Posted by: Susan Kaufman | September 05, 2009 at 02:51 PM
I would love to win a contest...
This cowl looks super-cozy! I'm not really a cowl-knitter, but I think I'd try this one if I ever decided to go for it. :)
Posted by: Michelle | September 05, 2009 at 02:58 PM
I love it. Thick and snuggly!
Posted by: Julia Elman | September 05, 2009 at 03:02 PM
I've been looking for a good cowl or scarf to cuddle up in once it finally gets cool here *fingers crossed* I think I may just found the perfect one :)
Posted by: Jessica | September 05, 2009 at 03:13 PM
what a beautiful cowl! looks so nice n warm!
Posted by: amy | September 05, 2009 at 03:25 PM
I am not usually a fan of cowls, but this one is beautiful! I may have to make one for myself since I am always cold...even in the summer.
Posted by: Laurel | September 05, 2009 at 04:05 PM
I love the look of this cowl. I know a friend and it would be a perfect xmas gift and of course one for me.
Posted by: Carol Swenson | September 05, 2009 at 04:15 PM
This cowl is BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks for the chance to enter the contest.
Posted by: Tammy | September 05, 2009 at 04:47 PM
This looks like the perfect thing for our cold snowy Vermont winters!!
Posted by: Lin | September 05, 2009 at 05:09 PM
Ooh! So delicious. You have such amazing talent.
Posted by: Doris | September 05, 2009 at 05:37 PM
Snuggly & sensational!
Posted by: Elaine Cowie | September 05, 2009 at 05:53 PM
The cowl definitely has a high end designer look to it and is perfect for those who want to keep their neck warm but not have a long scarf.
Posted by: sandrajean anderson | September 05, 2009 at 06:39 PM
Super! - as always with your patterns.
Posted by: Sandy Odom | September 05, 2009 at 06:55 PM
Looks like a luxurious fluid dreamy bit of neck warmth with lovely drape.
Posted by: S. Godlewski | September 05, 2009 at 07:05 PM
Looks stylish, easy to wear and quick to knit!!
Posted by: Donna Dalzell | September 05, 2009 at 07:21 PM
I love the cowl and am enjoying the club. I'd love to win a free month! Thank you.
Posted by: Mary Helgesen | September 05, 2009 at 07:32 PM
I love the look, need some cable mittens to complete the cozy look :o)
Posted by: Jeannine Hendricks | September 05, 2009 at 07:35 PM
Light & Lovely especially looks good with a sleeveless top!
Posted by: Susan Spiers | September 05, 2009 at 07:40 PM
Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! It looks fantastic and I have just the top to wear with it!! I am rather new to knitting and I may just have to buckle down and buy this one. It would be my first purchased pattern but who can resist!!!!!????
Posted by: Amy | September 05, 2009 at 08:15 PM
I never knitted cables... this small project could be the one! I like the idea of wearing a cowl instead of a scarf!
Posted by: Caroline | September 05, 2009 at 09:05 PM
I love the color and the texture - great pattern!
Posted by: Tanya | September 05, 2009 at 10:51 PM
This is a gorgeous cowl. This looks really warm! Love your designs and would love to try your club!
Posted by: Dana Armstrong | September 06, 2009 at 01:13 AM