Buttermilk Cowl

  • Woman wearing a purple infinity scarf covered in an all over textured cable pattern.
  • Woman holding up a folded purple cowl with cables.
  • Woman wearing a purple cabled cowl looped twice around her neck.

The Buttermilk Cowl is an infinity scarf worked in the round and packed with small but mighty cables plus a generous helping of seed stitch for maximum texture and squishiness. Each row of the pattern repeat is easy to memorize, giving you a visually complex surface texture with that’s a breeze to knit.

This pattern is for you if… You are an unabashed lover of 2×2 cables, you can’t get enough of seed stitch, and the thought of combining the two leaves you breathless.

Move along if… Lots and lots of cables are not your idea of a good time.

This pattern matches the Buttermilk Toque.

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Pattern Details


One size, unstretched, approximately: 54”/137cm circumference, 9.5”/24cm tall


542 yards (495 meters) / 282 grams (10oz) worsted weight yarn.

Sample knit in: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (110 yards/101 meters per 50 grams/1.76 oz; 100% wool; 6 skeins) in colour Indigo Heather.

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24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in charted cable pattern


Size A: 1 US 6/4mm 32”/81cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
Size B: 1 US 7/4.5mm 32”/81cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge


stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends


knitting in the round, making knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing stitches, making cables using up to four stitches

Both charts and written instructions are included for the stitch patterns.

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