Grafting the Cowl
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Chic Cowl Neck Cable Question

Hi Chic Cowl Neck Sweater Knitters (pattern #90)! 

 

I occassionally get questions about the Cabling on the Cowl and thought I would share some of my answers that have helped clarify how the Cowl is worked.

 

At the beginning of the pattern, the Cowl cables are established.  Here is Round 5.

 

Round 5 [Cable Twist]: [P6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8), Work Round 5 of Braided Cable over next 14 sts, p6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8), Work Round 11 of Braided Cable over next 14 sts] 3 times.

So, the Cowl patterning looks like this:

[Rev St st] [Cable A] [Rev St st] [Cable B] [Rev St st] [Cable A] [Rev St st] [Cable B] [Rev St st] [Cable A] [Rev St st] [Cable B] [end of Round marker]

i.e. sections of Rev St st separating the 6 Cable Panels.  The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Cable panels (Cable A) just did a Round 5 Braided Cable Twist, whereas the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Cable panels (Cable B) just did a Round 11 Braided Cable Twist.

Working in patterns as established means this:

On Round 6 of the Cowl, cont with Round 6 of the Braided Cable for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Cables and Round 12 of the Braided Cable for the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Cables.  Keep purling the Rev St st sections.

Then, on Round 7 of the Cowl, cont with Round 7 of the Braided Cable for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Cables and Round 1 of the Braided Cable for the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Cables.  Keep purling the Rev St st sections.

Then, on Round 8 of the Cowl, cont with Round 8 of the Braided Cable for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Cables and Round 2 of the Braided Cable for the 2nd, 4th, and 6th Cables.  Keep purling the Rev St st sections.

etc., etc. through Round 48 of the Cowl.
 
You'll notice that all the NON-Cable Twist Rows are just k2, p2 ribbing (essentially) for the Cable Panel stitches.  So, it's only on the Cable Twisting Rows (every 6th Row) that you need to REALLY PAY attention and do the correct Cable Twist.
 
I hope this helps clarify any confusion!  I staggered the Cables this way to make it LOOK more complicated and textured, not to confuse knitters ;-)

Although the cable-lover in me thinks the end effect is totally worth the extra effort!

Comments

 Marci Gorenstein

I'm knitting this sweater in size medium. I'm confused because in round 37, just before dividing for the sleeves, it says to increase 8 more stitches as in round 13. HOw do you do that at the same time as following the dividing instructions for round 37. Secondly, It sounds like once you do the divide, there are only a couple of rows knit to form the sleeves. I'd like my sleeves to be 3/4 length. Would I just repeat the two rows listed for SHORT SLEEVE VERSION until the sleeves are the correct length. Finally, in the instructions for round 37, what does the abbreviation CO 2 sts mean? Does it mean cast on? Do you send the answer to my email address?

Sally Compobassi

Hi Sweaterbabe,
I'm knitting the Chic Cables sweater in size s, and am flummoxed by row 9. for beginning the raglan shaping.
The instructions for S, L, and 1X only, say M1-R, K--(29,--,37,39,--,--),[m1-L, sm, m1-R]K--(16,--,14,12,--,--). [m1-L sm, m1-R] and so on.

As an experienced knitter I read this for my size as make 1 right, knit none, make 1 left, slip marker, make 1 right, knit none, make 1 left, slip marker, make 1 right, and so on.

What happens to all the stitches I have between markers if they aren't to be knit?

SweaterBabe

Dear Sally,
Please follow the instruction right after the open parenthesis, as the number right before that is for size XS.
Sorry for any confusion!
Best,
Katherine

Jill mohwinkle

I would like to know if there are crochet patterns for cabled cowl neck scarves

Debra Peterson

Hi there! Do you have a pic of the Dreamy Ruffled Alpaca Scarf lying flat? Id like to see more of the detail in the pattern!
Thanks, debi

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