Ginger Gradient Cables Cowl

This cozy cowl shows off its beautiful gradient yarn with an interesting stitch pattern that is deceptively simple to work.
The design features basic garter stitch borders and an all-over cabled stitch pattern that was inspired by the “Crossed Loops” motif from The cowl’s flattering tapered shape is achieved by changing needle sizes while working, so there are no decreases to disrupt the slip stitch cables. However, it would be very easy to use one needle size throughout the project to make a straight cylindrical cowl instead. Either way, this fun design is a perfect canvas to let your favorite gradient yarns shine!

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 25″ [64 cm] circumference at bottom edge, 20″ [51 cm] circumference at top edge x 7″ [18 cm] height

Gauge: Approximately 18 sts and 35 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern st on largest needles


Medium weight yarnYarn: GGH Manila Dégradé (57% Rayon, 33% Cotton, 10% Linen; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): 8 Orange Shades (MC, 2 balls)

GGH Manila (57% Rayon, 33% Cotton, 10% Linen; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): 20 Blush (CC, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needles

US size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles

US size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular needles

Notions: Marker(s), cable needle, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up.

To modify the circumference of the cowl, the CO stitch count may be modified by a multiple of 14 sts.

To modify the height of the cowl, work fewer/additional reps of Rnds 10-25 as desired.

Change needle sizes as instructed in the written pattern to create a tapered shape. For a cowl that is not tapered, use the same needle size throughout.


With MC (starting from the dark end of the ball) and largest needles, use the long-tail CO method to CO 140 sts.

Pm to indicate BOR and join to work in the round without twisting.

MC only is used Rnds 1-6. Join CC at beg of Rnd 7, alternate yarns as instructed in chart.

Rnds 1-25: Work Rnds 1-25 of the Gradient Cables Chart once.

Rnds 26-41: Rep Rnds 10-25 of the chart once.

Rnds 42-57: Switch to smaller needles. Rep Rnds 10-25 one more time.

Rnds 58-63: Switch to smallest needles. Work Rnds 26-31 of the chart once.

BO and cut yarns, leaving 6″ [15 cm] tails.


Weave in all ends.

Block cowl as needed.

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