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  • Writer's pictureMakenzie

Simply Uncomplicated

If you have looked at a lot of the knits I create they are full of twisting cables, flowing lace, and now squishy brioche. As much as I love all these techniques sometimes, just sometimes, I want to dive into a mindless knit that is perfect for zoning out to a good movie. Let the yarn flow over my needles, reading with stitches with my finger tips, and simply turn my busy mind off.

However, just because the knit is simple doesn't mean it has to look like basic stitches. Thus, I was inspired to create Faux Cable Cowl. This is the cowl is simply worked in the round with basic stitches and with a little extra time when it is all done to create the faux cable look.

The Faux Cable Cowl is available here on my blog for free, or get a downloadable a copy on Ravelry or pick up a kit on Lion Brand website (affiliate link).

Ready to Cast-on? YES! It's knitting time!!


Skill Level Beginner

Finished Size

32”/80cm circumference x 16”/40cm tall


  • Worsted weight yarn; 540 yards/494 m; 9 oz/260g

  • Sample used: Lion Brand Yarn, Touch of Alpaca; 207yds/190m; 3.5 oz/100g; 3 balls of Taupe

  • US9/5.5mm, 24”/60mm circular needle

  • 1 stitch marker

  • Tapestry needle

Knitter’s Notes

This cowl working in the round and is designed with a faux cable.

The faux cable is created after all the knitting is done.


20 sts x 25 rows = 4”/10cm square in Stockinette Stitch


  • CO - cast on

  • K - knit

  • K2tbl - knit 2 stitches (one at a time) through the back loop, creating a twisted stitch

  • P - purl

  • Rep - Repeat

  • Rnd - Round

  • st(s) - stitch(es)

CO 196 sts in preferred method. Carefully join in the round, taking care not to twist your stitches.


Rnd 1-6: (P1, k1) rep to end.


All Rnds: (P5, k2tbl) rep to end.

Continue working until cowl is 15”/38cm or about 1”/2.5cm short of desired length.


Rnd 1-6: (P1, k1) rep to end.


Bind off in pattern.Weave in ends and begin cable shaping.

Measure out and cut a manageable piece of yarn - at least 12”/30cm - from skein and thread it onto your tapestry needle.

Count to the 10th Rnd and with your tapestry needle draw the needle up through the WS of one edge of the 2 knit sts, carry it across the top of the RS to the opposite side of next 2 knit sts, and thread the needle through to the WS. Thread it through the same way once more, pulling together two groups of knit sts, securing it tightly on the WS with a knot. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat this, alternating sides the rib sections are drawn together, every 10 rows, cutting a new piece of yarn when necessary, until all sections have been worked, creating the appearance of cables.

I hope you enjoy creating your cowl. I would love to see your knits! Tag me on Ravelry/Instagram /LoveCrafts @HanksAndNeedles.

Ready to dive into real cables? Don't forget to check out my first YouTube tutorial here! While you are here on my blog, sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear all the news and get exclusive discounts.

Happy Knitting,



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