I’ve had two jobs since moving to Salt Lake City after law school. Both have been located downtown. Until recently, there were two malls within spitting distance of my work. This proved quite convenient when my children were small and: (1) actually outgrew their clothes and (2) attended an endless stream of birthday parties. I frequently spent my lunch hour shopping for necessities and gifts. A few years ago, the malls were demolished and I was forced to venture out to the suburban malls on the weekends.
Now, a new shopping complex has risen from the rubble of the old. Alas, my children no longer live at home so, although shopping is close again, I rarely go to the stores.
But on a recent trip to H&M for black leggings [Can you ever have too many pairs of black leggings?], I saw a very cute cabled cowl. Not one I would wear, mind you, since it was made from very squeaky acrylic yarn. But a cute design nonetheless. Part of the appeal was that it was knit very loosely and, thus, looked like it would drape nicely even though it was cabled.
One thing led to another, and the City Creek Cowl was born. I’ve posted the pattern for free below to celebrate our recent exciting news.
I made the sample above from an older skein of Malabrigo Worsted which had more yardage than the current put-up of Malabrigo Worsted. I literally had an inch of yarn left. I made a second from a skein of the newer Patons Classic Wool (which, sadly, can’t shine a candle to the old Patons Classic Wool Merino). The Patons supposedly has the same yardage as my Malabrigo, but I ran out of yarn. In fact, I was many yards short. I just finished a third from Rowan Lima which is blocking right now. I’m not sure about the yardage of the Lima since the ball band is not consistent with the Rowan website. In any event, next week I’ll post some tips on alterations you can make to the pattern if you have less than 250 yards of yarn.
Yarn: Approximately 250 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn. A single-ply yarn or one with some alpaca or silk content will drape best. The cowl is meant to stretch out when blocked.
Needle: 6mm circular needle with a 16″ or 20″ cable
Hook: 6mm crochet hook for the cast on and bind off
Finished Size: approx. 13.5 inches high and 21.5 inches in circumference
•CO 96 sts using this crochet cast-on method to create a stretchy bottom edge. The point of the stretchy edge is to permit the cowl to flare out when it sits on top of your shoulders, eliminating any gap between the cowl, your neck, and your coat. The crochet cast-on method creates a clean edge that matches perfectly with the bind off.
•Join into the round without twisting.
•Work in k2, p2 rib for 8 rounds.
•Work Rnds 1-45 of chart once then work Rnds 16-45 once more. The chart key can be found here.
•Work in k2, p2 rib for 4 rnds.
•Bind off using this crochet method to create a firm top edge. The firm edge is necessary to prevent the top of the cowl from flaring unattractively.
•Wet block, stretching the cowl as much as possible to prevent the ribbing from drawing in after the cowl dries.
•Wear on a cold winter day.