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Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl

from Judy Vallas Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl
Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl
Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl
Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl
Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl
Winding Path Reversible Cabled Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • 2x2 cabling
  • tubular cast-on optional-video links provided

Pattern Description:

I've been in a cabling kind of mood, and when I began to make a scarf with this reversible cable, it dawned on me how perfect it would be as a stash-busting project for holiday gifts. It goes really fast (those #15 needles) and is really cushion-y soft, again because of the large needles and wide reversible cables - whether you're using a luxury yarn, or a sturdy, washable acrylic. I made several with both Red Heart and Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere blend, and all of them were soft and warm.

This cowl can double as a headband. It's unisex, as long as you choose appropriate buttons and call it a "neck gaiter" instead of a "cowl" for your male recipients! There are identical cables on the front and back. No seams, no visible cast-on edges.

This is knit flat; using a US #8 needle for the cast-on, bind-off and double-knitted rows at each end (creating tubular beginnings and endings with no cast-on edge). A US #15 is used for the 60 rows of the body of the cowl, which makes it knit up quickly.

Gauge is not a big concern, as you will just repeat the 12-row pattern as many or few times as needed for the length you require.

Note: There are several photos, but the last pattern page is a one-page, black and white "quick start" version in case you'd prefer to print out as little as possible.


not required

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One size fits all. (Size and gauge according to how many rows you choose to complete.)


  • Worsted yarn 150-200 yds
  • U.S. #8 knitting needle (flat knitting) - for cast-on & bind-off
  • U.S. #15 knitting needles (flat knitting) for body of cowl

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 medium buttons

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere


Charcoal Heather