The Daphne Cowl

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I am totally consumed with finding reversible patterns. Made my first version of this while lounging at the beach on the Oregon coast. The beach must have made an impact on my design decisions here because when I look at this piece, it reminds me of that day. All the salty, fishy, cold and windy days from the late fall are all in the workings of this cowl. Something about the Pacific North West beach that makes me feel safe and cozy all at the same time.

The Daphne Cowl
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You can really see the twists here. It’s completely oversized, made completely of luxurious baby Alpaca. The light grey color is classic and goes with everything in my black dominated wardrobe (I really must branch out one of these days) and so I wear this piece all the time. It makes me so happy and warm. 

NOTE: this is a completely written pattern repeat. No chart.

skill level: beginner to intermediate

skills: knit, purl, long tail cast on, cabling, bind off, circular knitting

finished measurements: 18 inches long and 14 inches wide

Recommended materials: approximately 3 skeins (650 yards) of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Aire, Cascade Yarns Cloud or any similar yarn which measures the same gauge within the pattern, 11US 24 inch circular needles, cable needle, and large place marker.

Gauge: 22 stitches (within the pattern cable) and 4 rows = 4 inches

The Pattern:
Cast on 192, place marker at beginning then join in the round careful not to twist

Rnd 1-3: *K8, P8 repeat from * to marker M.

Rnd 4: K4, C8F(Slip 4 knit St. onto cable needle CN and hold to front, P4 from left hand needle LHN, then K4 from CN), C8B(Slip 4 purl St. onto CN and hold to back, K4 from LHN then P4 from CN), *C8F, C8B repeat from * to last 12 St., C8F, C8B(Slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to back, Slip off M, K4, slip M on right hand needle RHN, then P4 from CN)

Rnd 5: (starting with the 5th purl St. after M): P4, K8, *P8, K8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 6-13: *P8, K8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 14: *P8, K8 repeat from * to 4 knit St. before the M then C8F (slip 4 knit St. on CN and hold to front, slip M off LHN, purl 4 stitches off LHN, place M on RHN, knit 4 St. off CN)

Rnd 15: C8B(slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to the back of work, K4 from LHN, P4 from CN), C8F(slip 4 knit St. on CN and hold to front of work, P4 from LHN, K4 from CN), C8B, *C8F, C8B repeat from * until 4 St. before the M, then P4 to M.

Rnd 16: *K8, P8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 17: *K8, P8 repeat from * to last 8 purl St. before marker then P4, C8F(slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to the front, slip off M, K4, slip M on RHN, P4 from CN)

Rnd 18 (starting with 5th purl St. after M): *K4, P4, C8F, repeat from * to last 12 St., K4, P4, K4.

Rnd 19-20: *P4, K4, repeat from * M.

Rnd 21: *C8F, P4, K4, repeat from * to M.

Rnd 22-23: K4, P8, *K8, P8….repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 24: K4, C8F(slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to front, P4 from LHN, P4 from CN) *K8, C8F, repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 25: K4, P8, *K8, P8, repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 26: K4, P8, *K8, P8…repeat from * to 4 knit St. before M, move marker this point to start new round (there should be 8 knit stitches after the M).

To finish: 
Repeat Rnds 4-26 two more times then,

Repeat Rnds 4-15 one time
*K8, P8 repeat from * to M next three rounds, 
Bind off, weave in ends and enjoy!

Notes: 

The cowl is purposefully instructed to be knitted two needles sizes larger than is recommended by the yarn company. This allows the small braided strains of fibers to fluff up creating a wonderful soft cloud-like drape. It also looks wonderful more tightly knitted, you choose. Block or not to block, that is entirely up to you! For reference, the Daphne pictured in this pattern was not blocked in order to preserve the texture. 

The instructions for the place marker are there to help the knitter keep her/his place, it is an all over pattern and is highly repetitive using a K8P8 rib stitch as it’s framework. With experience, the repeat will reveal itself and the place marker will, most likely, no longer seem necessary. The pattern above gives extra explanation about the cables within the directions, this is also available in the Stitch Abbreviation chart below.

Here is a more simplified version of the written pattern:

The Pattern simplified:

Cast on 192, place marker at beginning then join in the round careful not to twist

Rnd 1-3: *K8, P8 repeat from * to marker M.

Rnd 4: K4, *C8F, C8B repeat from * to last 12 St., C8F, C8B(Slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to back, Slip off M, K4, slip M on right hand needle RHN, then P4 from CN)

Rnd 5: P4, K8, *P8, K8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 6-13: *P8, K8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 14: *P8, K8 repeat from * to 4 knit St. before the M then C8F (slip 4 knit St. on CN and hold to front, slip M off LHN, purl 4 stitches off LHN, place M on RHN, knit 4 St. off CN)

Rnd 15: C8B, *C8F, C8B repeat from * until 4 St. before the M, then P4 to M.

Rnd 16: *K8, P8 repeat from * to M.

Rnd 17: *K8, P8 repeat from * to last 8 purl St. before marker then P4, C8F(slip 4 purl St. on CN and hold to the front, slip off M, K4, slip M on RHN, P4 from CN)

Rnd 18: *K4, P4, C8F, repeat from * to last 12 St., K4, P4, K4.

Rnd 19-20: *P4, K4, repeat from * M.

Rnd 21: *C8F, P4, K4, repeat from * to M.

Rnd 22-23: K4, P8, *K8, P8….repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 24: K4, C8F, *K8, C8F, repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 25: K4, P8, *K8, P8, repeat from * to 4 St. before M, K4.

Rnd 26: K4, P8, *K8, P8…repeat from * to 4 knit St. before M, move marker this point to start new round.

To finish: 
Repeat Rnds 4-26 two more times then,

Repeat Rnds 4-15 one time
*K8, P8 repeat from * to M next three rounds, 
Bind off, weave in ends and enjoy!

 

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