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Greenbrier shawlette and cowl

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When I set out to design a unisex, all-ages neckwear “accessory,” the first thing that came to mind was cables. But when facing the prospect of knitting them into a boring scarf shape, I was less enthusiastic—and so, an asymmetrical shawl was born! Worked from one point outward, the Greenbrier shawl features a repeating cable motif, trimmed with a modified garter stitch pattern along the opposite side, and finished with a fun picot bind-off. While written for fingering weight yarn, Greenbrier can easily be worked in any weight or gauge and to any finished size (just remember to adjust your yardage estimate!).

Shawls don’t work as well for people on the move, especially little ones—they’re liable to fall off and get lost. So I’ve included a stay-put cowl version as well. The Greenbrier cowl features the same cable motif, and is worked flat and seamed so the cables wind horizontally around the neck and you can easily work it to the exact circumerence you want. Finish it off with the same modified garter stitch picked up and worked around the top and bottom.
NOTE: Cables are charted only.

Size/Finished Dimensions:
Shawl: One size, approximately 42”/106.5 cm wide and 26”/66 cm deep; size can easily be adjusted by working additional chart repeats
Cowl: Toddler (Child, Teen, Adult, Infinity); approx. 16 (20, 22, 24, 48)”/40.5 (51, 56, 61, 122) cm around and 12”/30.5 cm deep

Gauge: 27 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Shawl Chart B repeat or Cowl Chart on larger needle, washed and blocked
Exact gauge is not essential, but any differences in gauge will impact the finished dimensions of the project, its drape, and the amount of yarn used.

Shawl: Backyard Fiberworks American Wool – Cormo 2016, 100% wool, 538 yd/3.5 oz (492 m/100 g): 1 skein in Plume.
Cowl: Pichinku Yarn Tawa, 70% merino wool, 30% silk, 436 yd/3.5 oz (399 m/100 g): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) in Golden Chicha.

US 5/3.75 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
US 4/3.5 mm 24”/60 cm+ circular needle, or one size smaller than needle used for gauge
US 5/3.75 mm 16”/40 cm+ circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
US 3/3.25 mm 16”/40 cm+ circular needle, or two sizes smaller than needle used for gauge

yarn needle
cable needle
stitch markers
Note: even if you usually cable without a cable needle, you may want to have one to work the large 6/6 LC.
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