Mabou Cowl (Worsted Weight) by Luise O'Neill

Mabou Cowl (Worsted Weight)

October 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
125 - 378 yards (114 - 346 m)
Finished Circumference: 20 (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 60)" / 51 (63.5, 76, 89, 101.5, 114.5, 152.5)cm
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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.


Mabou Cowl (worsted 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 (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 60)“ / 51 (63.5, 76, 89, 101.5, 114.5, 152.5)cm
Height: 6” / 15cm

125 (157, 189, 220, 252, 283, 378)yds / 115 (144, 173, 201, 230, 259, 346)m worsted weight yarn
* Sample knit in Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220yds / 200m per 100g) in Jelly Bean


  • 5 mm / US8 (see Needle Note page 2) or size required to obtain gauge
  • One spare DPN or cable needle (temporary stitch holder)

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

The Mabou Collection includes these patterns:

A huge thank you to Raveler marthajane73 for test knitting the patterns in the Mabou Collection!!

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