Willow River Cowl

With an intriguing braid-like design reminiscent of willow branches, this cowl is light and cozy. Paired with a jeans jacket, this cowl will keep out the chill on a late evening walk along the river.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 26” circumference x 10” height

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): Polar Morn (2 balls)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 32” circular

Notions: Markers, removable markers, stitch holders, cable needle (optional), tapestry needle, sewing thread, six 0.5” (12.7mm) buttons

Abbreviations

C3B (cable 3 backwards) – Sl 1 st onto cn, hold in back, k2 from LH needle, k1 from cn.

C3F (cable 3 forwards) – Sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, k1 from LH needle, k2 from cn.

C4B (cable 4 backwards) – Sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in back, k2 from LH needle, k2 from cn.

C4F (cable 4 forwards) – Sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, k2 from LH needle, k2 from cn.

Pattern Notes

The cowl is worked flat in one piece beg with an I-cord Cast-On and fastened with buttons. The first and last 4 sts of every row are worked in Garter St. The buttonholes are worked at the beginning of the 7th and 19th rows, and the instructions for working the buttonholes are included as part of the row instructions (both written and charted).

Pattern

Using I-cord Cast-On, CO 132 sts (this includes the 4-st garter border at each end).

Using the written or charted instructions, work the cowl as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K6, p1, k1, *k2, c4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 2 (WS): K4, *p2, k1, p1, k1, p7; rep from * until last 8 sts, p2, k1, p1, k4.

Row 3: K8, *c4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 4: K4, *p4, k1, p1, k1, p5; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 5: K6, *c4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * until last 6 sts, k6.

Row 6: K4, *p6, k1, p5; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 7: K2, yo, k2tog, k1, c3b, *c4f, k4, c4b; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 8: K4, p until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 9: K7, p1, *k2, c4f, c4b, k1, p1; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 10: K4, *p1, k1, p9, k1; rep from * until last 8 sts, p1, k1, p2, k4.

Row 11: K7, p1, *k1, p1, k2, c4f, k3, p1; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 12: K4, *p9, k1, p1, k1; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 13: K8, *k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, c4f, k2; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 14: K4, *p7, k1, p1, k1, p2; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 15: K5, c3f, *k3, p1, k1, p1, k2, c4f; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 16: K4, *p5, k1, p1, k1, p4; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 17: K6, *c4f, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2; rep from * until last 6 sts, k6.

Row 18: K4, *p5, k1, p6; rep from * until last 8 sts, p4, k4.

Row 19: K2, yo, k2tog, k1, c3b, *c4f, k4, c4b; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 20: K4, p until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 21: K8, *p1, k1, c4f, c4b, k2; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 22: K4, *k1, p9, k1, p1; rep from * until last 8 sts, k1, p3, k4

Row 23: K6, p1, k1, *p1, k3, c4b, k2, p1, k1; rep from * until last 4 sts, k4.

Row 24: K4, *k1, p1, k1, p9; rep from * until last 8 sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4.

Rep Rows 1-24 twice more.

BO all sts using the I-cord Bind-Off method.

Finishing

Sew on buttons opposite the buttonholes.

Weave in ends and wet block your Cowl.

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