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Mabou Cowl Fingering

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The Story
Located on the beautiful west coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Mabou is a centre of Celtic music, Gaelic culture and the beauty that is Cape Breton. Situated in Inverness County, where Les Suêtes sometimes blow strong enough to move buildings off their foundations, Mabou is home to the famous musical Rankin family and plays a significant part in keeping the Gaelic language and traditions alive. The town’s website states,

“Your only difficulty will be leaving!”

The pattern stitches in the Mabou designs incorporate small reminders of the ocean and landscape that surround this exceptional Canadian treasure – the sweeping hills and valleys, the dance of the waves.

We hope you enjoy these little treasures.


Mabour Cowl (fingering weight)
A beautifully scalloped cast on and a pattern stitch that combines pulled yarn loops with textured stripes provide an interesting yet quick knit. The pattern stitch for this cowl lends itself especially well to variegated and tonal yarns. This is a fantastic project for some of those precious indie-dyed yarns.

Sizing table in included for choosing length of circular needle for each size. Links are also provided to Two Circular, Magic Loop and Traveling Loop methods for knitting in the round.

Pattern stitch is charted with written directions provided.

Finished Circumference:
20 (24, 30, 36, 40, 48, 60)“ / 51 (61, 76, 91.5, 101.5, 122, 152.5)cm
5” / 12.5cm

115 (140, 175, 210, 230, 275, 345)yds / 105 (128, 160, 192, 210, 252, 315) m in Fingering weight

4 mm / US6 circular needle (see Needle Note page 2) or size required to obtain gauge
One spare DPN or cable needle (temporary stitch holder)

23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

The Mabou Collection includes four patterns:

Mabou Hat (worsted-weight yarn)
Mabou Cowl (worsted-weight yarn)
Mabou Cowl (fingering-weight yarn)
Mabou Fingerless Mitts (fingering-weight yarn)
A huge thank you to marthajane73 for test knitting the patterns in the Mabou Collection!!

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