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Lyones Cowl knitting pattern

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The combination of cables and a close fit to the neck makes this a perfect cowl to keep your neck warm during those cold winter months. If you haven’t tried working cables without a cable needle, this cowl would be a great practice project for that technique. It is knit in the round on circular needles in a worsted weight yarn. Pattern includes both written directions as well as a chart for the cable and twist section (which is also written out).


Round Table Yarns Lancelot (100% superwash Merino, 220 yds/201 m per 100 g skein); 1 skein; sample uses colorway Morgan le Fay


US 7 (4.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle, or one size smaller than larger needle
US 8 (5.0 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle
Stitch marker


20 stitches and 30 rows over 4" (10 cm) in stockinette on larger needles

Finished Measurements

24" (61 cm) circumference and 6.5" (16.5 cm) tall

Printing Details

The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").

Electronic PDF Version Included

On the print copy of the pattern, you'll find a sticker with a coupon code. Enter that coupon code on Ravelry and a PDF version of the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library. That way if you ever lose the print copy, the pattern will still be available to you. If you just want the electronic version of the pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.

The Story Behind the Pattern Name

Lyonet and her sister Lyones are characters within Sir Thomas Malory’s grand Arthurian story, Le Morte d’Arthur. They are in the section about Sir Gareth. Gareth is the youngest brother of Sir Gawain and he comes to Arthur’s court as an unknown (under an assumed name--and then given the nickname Beaumains) to try to make something of himself without relying on his brother’s reputation. Lyonet comes riding into Arthur’s court seeking a knight to rescue her imprisoned sister, Lyones. Gareth asks for the honor of this quest and Arthur grants it. Because Gareth had been working in the kitchen, Lyonet is not impressed by the knight that Arthur has sent with her to help save her sister. She insults Gareth at every turn. Even though Lyonet has no faith in Gareth’s abilities, he is able to rescue her sister and in return, he and Lyones are married.

Photos courtesy of JS Webb Photography. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.

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