Knitting With Ginny:

Knitting tutorial

One of the ways I have been getting through the end of this winter is by incorporating bright colors into my wardrobe and makeup (woo red and violet lipstick). When I came across this magenta yarn in the perfect chunky weight, I had to use it. I already had the basic idea of what I wanted in my head: a quick-to-knit, will-cover-my-nose-on-brutally-windy-days, cabled cowl. Of course, when I started this pattern just over a week ago, it was still in the 20s every day. But, much like how when you get up to use the restroom at a restaurant your food finally arrives, when you knit an incredibly thick wool cowl, the weather instantly warms up. 

Nevertheless, I’m happy with the result. I love chunky knits because they really display each and every stitch, and as I’ve mentioned they are so quick to knit. I also love cables primarily because they look more complicated than they are. This project uses the “waves” cable pattern from Vogue Knitting’s Stitchionary 2. Sadly I was unable to knit it all in one sitting, but I estimate it would take two to three episodes of Justified to complete.

What you need

o One skein of Cascade Magnum yarn in Magenta (or a similar weight yarn)

o Size 17 (12mm) circular needles, 29” (or shorter) needles (I used 31” needles  and it was pretty tight, but I’m not sure how much shorter they come) 

o A cable needle (I used a size 15 double pointed needle because it was helpful to have a pretty thick cable needle for the thick yarn and main needles)

o A tapestry needle

o A stitch marker


7 ½ stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Knitting Notes

This pattern is knit in the round. You could use circular needles or double pointed needles. I knit on the subway a lot so circular needles are a must, otherwise my project would constantly fall off the needles. As it was, I repeatedly dropped by cable needle on my train rides (ick, sorry). 

I’ve tried to write this in a slightly less abbreviated form of standard knitting terms. If anything needs to be clarified, please let me know in the comments! This is one of my first attempts at writing a real knitting pattern, and I want to make them better.


4-st RC: Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from needle

4-st LC: Slip 2 stittches onto cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from needle

K: knit

P: purl


Cast on 36 stitches

Place the stitch marker. Being careful not to twist, join the round. 

Round 1-3: [P2, K4] to end.

Rounds 4-5: Knit every stitch.

Round 6: [4-st RC, k2] to end.

Rounds 7-9: knit every stitch.

Round 10: [k2, 4-st LC] to end.

Repeat rows 4 through 10 three times.

For the last three rows: [K4, P2] to end.

Bind off.

Weave in ends with your tapestry needle.


That’s it! Wear it when it gets cold again. Or wear it now and sweat a little (a lot, it’s really very warm)!