It's finally time to introduce you to my favorite Red Heart pattern to date! Welcome the Cabled Hooded Cowl. Back in February Red Heart contacted me about designing a pattern with their brand new Hygge Charm yarns, a beautiful acrylic line that has a soft halo and subtle sparkle. I immediately began work on the new design. The pale mossy green of the yarn stuck in my mind as I sketched out a few possibilities for the piece. I knew I wanted cables, and decided to play with a new design element I've been working on which I call "Wedged Cables". You will hear much more about the technique down the line, but let this debut suffice for now!
Once I had the cables down, I needed to move on to shaping and structure. Up to this point I had never made a hood, and many of my designs hadn't strayed far from the standard rectangular construction format. To get the shaping and accessory I wanted though, I knew I would have to break my own status quo and challenge my designing skills.
I would like to take this time as a moment of silence for all the cotton fabric I destroyed while creating a muslin prototype of the cowl. Seriously, there was a lot. I'm not sure how many other designers create fabric proofs of their crochet and knit pieces, but for me it is a great help. One audiobook and countless yards of fabric later I finally had the shaping I wanted. That is where the Cabled Hooded Cowl was born!
As per usual, Red Heart did a phenomenal job with the formatting, tech editing, and photography of the pattern. The one thing that didn't made the cut for the downloadable pattern was the cable chart. If a cable chart is helpful for you, I've left the chart for the Cabled Hooded Cowl as a free errata download below! The repeating cable chart starts on row 8 of the cable section.
Get the pattern for FREE here or by clicking on any of the project photos.