I found some lovely big, chunky yarn the other day whilst out shopping. It was the perfect excuse to get my 20mm needles out too, at last. R refused to come into the room until I had put them safely away as I looked like some kind of yarn crazed vampire hunter.
If you too are itching for an excuse to use them and have a couple of hours to spare, try this pattern for a warm, cosy and above all enormous cowl. It is a cable pattern, and I doubt any of us have a cable needle this big, so check out YouTube for some tutorials on cabling without a cable needle. It’s a little scary at first but much quicker once you’ve got the hang of it.
You will need:
One ball SMC super big yarn ( I used shade 133)
One pair 20mm knitting needles
The biggest crochet hook you have, used for joining the two ends together ( I think I used a 9mm)
Cable abbreviations explained:
C10B – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the back of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.
C10F – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the front of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.
Cast on 20 stitches (use a cast on method with a bit of give)
3. C10B, C10F
Repeat these rows 4 times and loosely cast off.
Use the crochet hook to mattress stitch the cast on edge and the cast off edge together. I found it best to start on the end with the tail of yarn from the cast on and then match the stitches up from there.
Weave in ends and plonk over your head. You will have the warmest, cabliest neck in all the land.
Please do send me some pics of your finished cowl to email@example.com and I’ll get them in the gallery.
Until next time….