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Donut Cowl


This free pattern will come in handy for anyone who has the good fortune of having two skeins of delicious Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4 ply fall into her stash, perhaps even at Rhinebeck. It’s an easy-to-memorize, fun-to-work stitch pattern that looks like a cable yet is not a cable at all. Our tasteful and curious pal Belinda heard my call for a cool mock cable, dipped into her Japanese stitch dictionaries, and pulled this one out. I love the flatness and drape of the fabric (due to the lack of true cable twists); it’s a perfect match for this fluid yarn.
To me, the Donut Cowl is the perfect accessory for times when one wants to tone down the Fiber Freak signals one is broadcasting, and look a bit more refined. It will pass when you’re in a Brooks Sisters crowd; you’ll fit in yet maintain handcrafted superiority. So, here you go. Enjoy, and please let me know if there are any mistakes or problems. (If a doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient, a designer who tech edits her own pattern is a complete idiot.)
Donut Cowl
Lightweight 4-ply cashmere is a sumptuous yarn that wants an elegant, understated stitch pattern. Too lazy to fuss with an all-over cable, your intrepid cowlista chose a mock cable that is fun to work. Each motif is 3 stitches by 4 rows, with a yarnover that makes a hole in the center. Reminiscent of donuts.
To increase or decrease the width of the cowl, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 5 stitches.
The pattern separates the donuts with single purl stitches, to yield an attractive ribbed effect on the wrong side. For a faster knit, cast on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 6 (for the 3-stitch reverse stockinette edging on either end), and omit the purls between donuts.

Finished Size: Approximately 60” (150cm) long 8” (20cm) wide
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres Mongolian Cashmere 4-ply, 55g (200 yards), 2 skeins in #104 Yes We Can Can
Size 5 (3.75 mm) short straight needles
Waste yarn for provisional cast-on
Approximately 6 stitches = 1” in donut stitch
Note: Gauge precision is not critical as long as the knitted fabric is to your liking.
Abbreviations and terms
RS Right side
WS Wrong side
Donut Pattern
Row 1 (RS): Purl 3, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
Row 2: (WS): Knit 3, *purl 3, knit 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
Row 3: Purl 3, *insert right needle purlwise into the front of the third stitch on the left needle, lift it over the first two stitches on the left needle and pass over the tip of the left needle, knit 1, yo, knit 1 (so that now, on the right needle, there are 3 stitches “wrapped” by the passed over stitch), purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.


Cast on 57 stitches provisionally. (Note: The cast on is (13 x 4 ) + 5. To alter the width of the cowl, cast on a different multiple of 4 stitches + 5.)
Row 1 (RS): Purl 3, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
Row 2: (WS): Knit 3, *purl 3, knit 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
Continue working the Donut Pattern until the cowl is the desired length or you are nearly out of yarn (ending with Row 4, and leaving enough yarn to bind off or graft the two ends of the cowl together).
Undo the provisional cast-on and place those stitches on a third needle. With wrong sides of the piece facing each other, use a 3-needle bindoff to join the two ends of the cowl, forming a decorative ridge at the join. Alternatively, graft the two ends together using Kitchener Stitch.

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  1. Can I do this on circular needles and knit in the round eliminating the need for sewing the ends together?

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