The Melina Cable Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

cable cowl

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This chunky cowl is knit with an interesting cable pattern.

The grey winter cowl is knitted using a repeated honeycomb pattern and will keep you warm during the colder months.

grey cable knit cowl

It is very versatile, as it can be worn up high to protect your head when it is really cold, or down to keep your neck and shoulders warm.

This is an intermediate level knitting pattern, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, CF (cable forward) and CB (cable back) as well as knitting on either circular needles or double pointed needles.

grey cowl

The cowl pattern is easy to follow, knitting in the round on circular needles, you could knit on DPN’s if it is your preference.

This knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning the basic knitting stitches and also to learn how to cable.

If you would like to make more knitted items for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

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You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free pdf version from my shop.

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knitted cowl

Cowl Knitting Pattern

Materials >

12 mm (US 17) 24″ Circular Knitting Needles

12 mm (US 17) knitting needle – either a cable needle or a knitting needle, I used a knitting needle.

Chunky yarn – I used two strands knit together of Alize Lanagold in shade 182. To substitute this, you could use Lion Brand / Rowan big wool etc.

Darning Needle / Scissors

Tape Measure


cable knitting pattern

Cable Cowl Pattern

Cast on 96 stitches.

Row 1 – Purl

Row 2 – Knit

Row 3 – Purl

Row 4 – Knit

Begin the honeycomb pattern >

Row 1 – *C4F, C4B, rep from * to end

Row 2 – Knit

Row 3 – Knit

Row 4 – Knit

Row 5 – *C4B, C4F, rep from * to end

Row 6 – Knit

Row 7 – Knit

Row 8 – Knit

Repeat rows *1-8* of the honeycomb pattern until the piece measures – 12″.

After the last row of the honeycomb pattern at your desired length – Knit 1 row.

Then >>

Row 1 – Purl

Row 2 – Knit

Row 3 – Purl

Row 4 – Cast off in Knit

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

C4F – Cable 4 forward

C4B – Cable 4 back

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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