Cables and Webs Cowl

The dew in the early morning resting quietly on a spider’s web was the inspiration for this cowl pattern. This 100% cotton shoulder wrap or cowl is worked in the round from the top down with cables worked alternately with openwork web stitches.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size: Small (Medium/Large) 32(38)” [81 (96.5) cm], to fit bust 32-34 (36-38)” [81-86.5 (91.5-96.5) cm]; Finished width: 8 (10)” [20 (26) cm]

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st, worked flat; 20 sts and 27 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Pattern, worked in the rnd



Fine Weight Yarn Catania by Schachenmayr (100% cotton; 137 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): #0252 Deep Coral (3 (4) skeins)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle 24” [60 cm], US size 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle 24” [60 cm]

Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle, stitch markers (optional)

Special Stitches

Cable 3/3RC Sl 3 to cn and hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.

Seed Stitch

Rnd 1 and all odd number rnds: K1, p1.

Rnd 2 and all even number rnds: P1, k1.

Stitch Pattern

Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: *P21, k6, rep from * 6 (7) times.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *(K1, yf, sl 1, k1, psso) 7 times, k6; rep from *6 (7) times.
Rnd 5: Knit
Rnd 6: *P21, k6; rep from * 6 (7) times.
Rnd 7: Knit
Rnd 8: *(K1, yf, k2tog) 7 times, (3/3RC); rep from * 6 (7) times.

Rep Rnds 1-8 for pattern.

Web Pattern

(3 stitch repeat over 8 rows)

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rounds: Knit. (3 sts)
Rnd 2: Purl.
Rnd 4: K1, yo, sl1, k1, psso.
Rnd 6: Purl.
Rnd 8: K1, yo, k2tog.

Cable Pattern

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rounds: Knit. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 8: 3/3 RC.

Pattern Notes

Using the Long Tail cast on and 24” circular needle, the Wrap/ Cowl is worked in the round beginning with a seed stitch border, next the Web and Cable pattern, then finishing with a seed stitch border.

Beginning on Rnd 4 of Stitch Pattern, place markers for each separation between the Web Pattern and the Cable Pattern for ease of working pattern repeats.

For slightly more ease, if planning to wear garment as a shoulder wrap, after working 4 repeats of the Stitch Pattern, change to larger circular needles continuing in pattern as established.


With the Long Tail cast on method and small circular needles, CO 163 (190) sts. Place marker, join in the round, being careful to not twist sts.


Knit 1 rnd.

Work in Seed Stitch for 1”.


Foundation Rnd: Knit 1 rnd, decreasing 1 st. (162 (189) sts on needles)

Begin with Rnd 3 of Stitch Pattern.

Work 4 complete Stitch Pattern repeats (Rnds 3–8 once, then Rnds 1-8, 3 more times) as established.

Continue in Stitch Pattern as established until piece meas 7” [15 cm] (9” [20 cm]), ending with Rnd 8.

Next Rnd: Knit 1 rnd, increasing 1 st. (163 (189) sts on needles)


Work in Seed stitch for 1”.


Bind off loosely.

Using a tapestry needle, sew in ends.yarn ball

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    • judicreations

      Perhaps as it also gives further instructions on continuing it has a shoulder wrap this will determine the size to use.

    • OakvilleKnitter

      Apparently it can be knit as a shoulder wrap or cowl, hence the bust measurements.

  • I would like the weight of the yarn listed along with the patterns. I could figure it out, but it would be nice to list it along with the suggested yarn. Very pretty cowl, but I do not know how heavy it is without looking up the weight of the yarn.

    • jeannie

      Suer2 – I know it’s been a year since your question, and clearly no one bothered to answer 🙁 – but according to the little kinda “skein” under the word yarn – it is apparently a #2 “fine” yarn. I had a question, but seeing that yours has been here a year with no answer – I won’t bother.

    • OakvilleKnitter

      The weight is listed under Materials – i.e.; 2 Fine


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