Or is it? This one is a little tricksy, because those are mock cables. Gasp! In other words, they’re lazy cables. And that ribbing? Oh yeah, that’s mock ribbing.

I like mock cables not only because they’re quick to work, but because they are attractive. They’re flatter, with an etched look, sharper than they’re real cable cousins, which are plumper and softer.

This cowl is a quick knit, worked in worsted weight yarn, and the stitch pattern is really easy to memorize. And this yarn! I’ve been wanting to make something with it for some time; Lily from Sweatermaker Yarns, 50% merino 50% silk, single ply, hand-dyed, 150 meters per skein.

It’s sexy to knit with. (Why is “sexy” always in a bad Scottish accent in my head? I credit Mike Myers for this).

Update December 17: This pattern is now complete and available at Ferguson Cowl. It also has a beanie brother, the Ferguson Beanie.

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