Tuesday Night Cowl

Last week, I made my way through the smog to the Jitterbug Coffee Hop where we celebrated the anniversary of our Tuesday night Stitch ‘N Bitch group.  Like it has for several years, the celebration included a no-obligation swap.  This year, the theme was cowls.  If you brought a cowl, you went home with a different one.  I was the lucky recipient of this little green number contributed by Laurie.


It’s knit from Malabrigo worsted so it’s fabulously soft.  Although it clashes horribly with my winter coat, I’ve worn it every day since the swap.  Love it.

My cowl contribution landed in the hands of Eileen and, happily, it matched her coat perfectly. Seriously, can an off-white cowl not match a person’s coat?

Cascade Small

The pattern for the cowl I made for Eileen is now available as a free download on Ravelry.  As I mention on the Ravelry project page, I had a hard time finding a pattern that was exactly what I had in mind for my cowl.  There are similar patterns available but the cables either crossed too closely or too far apart.  And the cables were either too sparse or too crowded.   As Goldilocks would say, “This one is neither too hot nor too cold. It’s just right.”

And the best part . . . I worked up three sets of instructions for three different weights of yarn.  So shop the stash and cast on!

30 Responses to “Tuesday Night Cowl”

  1. Linda on 22 Jan 2010 at 1:04 am

    I really like this one! Very nice!

  2. Carole on 22 Jan 2010 at 4:17 am

    Those are both terrific!

  3. Manise on 22 Jan 2010 at 4:47 am

    Those are great!

  4. AmyP on 22 Jan 2010 at 5:27 am

    Love the cowl you made (and the one you received) and thank you for making the pattern available.

  5. Lisa on 22 Jan 2010 at 5:41 am

    Both cowls are quite nice! Thanks for the pattern. I have some chunky stuff in the stash!

  6. margene on 22 Jan 2010 at 5:51 am

    Your cowl was the hit of the night! Great, unique design. Love it!

  7. Jenn C. on 22 Jan 2010 at 6:43 am

    I love them! And your pattern might just be perfect for the new yarn I just spun up. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Cheryl S. on 22 Jan 2010 at 8:11 am

    It’s great! And I didn’t think the green cowl clashed with your coat – at least, not the one you wore this week.

  9. Heather Joins The Round on 22 Jan 2010 at 8:13 am

    I actually thought it looked good with your coat.

    I have been wearing mine, too, that Carla made.

  10. michele on 22 Jan 2010 at 8:18 am

    Just downloaded it. You are amazing!

  11. Amanda Cathleen on 22 Jan 2010 at 9:47 am

    great looking cowls! Thanks for sharing your pattern for the cowl you knit.

  12. Erin on 22 Jan 2010 at 10:54 am

    It is beautiful! Great job.

  13. Eileen on 22 Jan 2010 at 10:56 am

    Eileen *loves* her Tuesday Night cowl. Thanks so much.

  14. Kathy on 22 Jan 2010 at 12:15 pm

    You know how I feel about cowls, but those are certainly tempting!

  15. Fran on 22 Jan 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for the pattern, I love it. It is downloaded and printing… now to check the stash and cast on!

  16. Rachel on 22 Jan 2010 at 6:28 pm


  17. Joan on 23 Jan 2010 at 3:30 am

    This is beautiful. The choice of yarn sizes is great for my handspun- I never know what size it’s going to turn out! Thank you!

  18. Susan on 23 Jan 2010 at 6:27 am

    Oh, I’ve never been a cowl fan, but I’ve found myself warming up to the idea of them this winter. Both of those are gorgeous! I am going to check out the pattern link and perhaps this year I will knit my first cowl. Knowing me, that will occur in July, but that’s okay.

  19. Shnoodle on 23 Jan 2010 at 7:54 am

    This is just my idea of a cowl. I have never considered knitting one before, but who can turn down a free, beautiful pattern? Great work! Thanks!

  20. Mary on 23 Jan 2010 at 9:04 am

    Very good-looking cowl! And I have some red chunky yarn I didn’t know what to do with. . .

  21. YarnAddict on 23 Jan 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Both cowls are gorgeous.

  22. Fran on 23 Jan 2010 at 8:13 pm

    In working the Chunky Weight version I am wondering if there is an error in Row 1 as written.
    It lists row 9 as a plain knit row and a cable row, but row 7 isn’t mentioned. After looking at the other sizing, I guessed that row 7 should be plain and row 9 cabled. Not sure if that is what you intended, but the cowl came out great!! Thanks again for the pattern.

  23. Alarming Female on 24 Jan 2010 at 1:48 am

    May I steal this photo? As you know, I was weaving in the ends that very night so I never got a photo for my Ravelry page. And someone who saw it here asked me for the pattern, so I’m going to write it up.

    The one you made for Eileen was a show-stopper. Absolutely lovely.

  24. Alarming Female on 24 Jan 2010 at 1:55 am

    And I’m so glad you like it. Thank you for saying such nice things, too. ;)

    p.s. I already stole the photo *yoink*

  25. Batty on 24 Jan 2010 at 6:45 am

    Cowl duly queued. Those came out great!

  26. Lee on 26 Jan 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks, I love chunky knits!

  27. Haleyknitz on 29 Jan 2010 at 10:26 am

    ooh pretty :D so totally making this!

  28. Kim on 04 Feb 2010 at 3:43 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been itching for, woman!!! WOW!! Love it–thank you!

  29. jana on 14 May 2010 at 12:30 pm

    looks great – queuing. probably will us the pattern for something else too (dreaming of a slouchy bag:)

  30. Melinda on 24 Jan 2011 at 4:01 pm

    It is so nice of you to share your pattern and I love the Goldilocks analogy – it’s just right :)