Cable Star Cowl Pattern

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For the entire month of November, I’m running a Fall Knitting & Crochet Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram. Before now I hadn’t hosted one of these events before, but now that I know what I’d been missing this one definitely won’t be my last. I’ve been so inspired by the 1200 (and counting) posts from people all around the world — these small glimpses into people’s stitching lives have renewed my love for our community!

How it works is that every day there’s a photo prompt (go here to see full list) for participants to use as a jumping-off point. They can interpret it in any way they choose, then post a picture with the hashtag #VHphotoaday (which helps us all find them). That’s all there is to it! If you’d like to join, please do at any time. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t posted for earlier prompts, or even if you only post for a few for the entire month. The point is to inspire and be inspired by fellow, knitting and crochet lovers.

Today’s photo prompt is: “Texture”, which is also what inspired this project post. Since it’s gift-making time, I wanted to come up with another, quick-but-cool project to knit for yourself or others. The texture is created with a combination of Star Stitch and cables, visually punctuated by the striations of the kettle-dyed yarn.

Thanks to the ease of my favorite, bamboo needles (from the Takumi Combo Set), and the chunkiness of the yarn this project packs a lot of punch into a small amount of time. This means you can make one for everyone you know, or in every color of your wardrobe. Enjoy! xx, Vickie



1 hank (approx 90 yds/ 82 m), Super Bulky Merino Wool. I used this.
Size U.S. 13 (9 mm) Clover Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles
Clover Jumbo Cable Needle
Clover Super Jumbo Tapestry Needle



Finished Measurements

6″/15 cm wide x 24″/61 cm circumference, blocked.

Note: to make a longer, eternity scarf version: use additional hank of yarn and double the length.

Special Stitches
MS = Make Star
Purl 3 stitches together, leaving them on the LH needle; YO, purl the same 3 stitch together again; let stitches drop off of LH needle. Star Stitch made.

C6B = Slip 3 sts onto cable needle and let fall back, k3 from LH needle, k3 from cable needle.

C6F = Slip 3 sts onto cable needle and let fall front, k3 from LH needle, k3 from cable needle.

CO 21 sts.

Rows 1 & 3 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: P1, *MS, p1; rep from * to end.

Row 4: P3, MS *p1, MS; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Rows 5-16: Repeat Rows 1-4, 3 times more.

Row 17: K4, C6B, k1, C6F, k4.

Rows 18 & 20: Purl.

Row 19: Knit.



Repeat Rows 1-20 until piece measures 24″/61 cm, or desired length.


Seam short ends together. Block piece.