Owl in the Thicket Cowl

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This pattern is part of the Owl in the Thicket Collection, which is available as an eBook.

In a leafy thicket hides a little owl, his eyes glinting from between the tangled branches. This cowl features a leafy border that connects with twisted cabled branches and owls hiding in hollows created by more cables. Beads are placed during knitting for the eyes, but can be omitted if desired and buttons used for embellishment after the knitting is completed. The cowl is available in three sizes: short, fitting close around your neck; intermediate, as a longer loop that can be pinned up; and long, for double wrapping around your neck.

This pattern contains cable charts as well as full written instructions.

SIZES
Short (Intermediate, Long) - approx. 20” (30”, 40”) {50, 75, 100 cm}

MATERIALS
Approximately 220 (470, 600) yds of appropriate DK-weight yarn. (Sample shown using 1.6 skeins of Malabrigo Rueca, color Lettuce) US 6/4 mm knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Cable needle
8 (12, 16) size 3/0 or 2/0 seed beads
Steel Crochet Hook Size 10 (1.3mm) or floss threader
Waste yarn or spare cable for provisional cast on
Yarn needle
A Note on Yardage: A large amount of cabling seems to result in a huge variation of yardage usage depending a lot on the individual knitter and yarn used. The estimates given here represent the highest amounts used during testing for each size. Please see the projects on Ravelry to get a feel of the variation possible.

GAUGE
24 sts x 30 rows in 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (exact gauge is not necessary)