I have a new favorite and it's this cowl. I feel it was one of those projects where the yarn and the style and the stitch pattern all came together in happy happy harmony with no effort whatsoever!
This is a snug cowl, and it's definitely my style. Stretchy and squishy and a very very fast knit. You do need to have experience grafting to make a nice tidy seam, so keep that in mind. If you've never grafted before, take some time to practice a bit before you take this one on. Big stitches require a very keen sense of grafting tension. Also if you don't know the provisional cast on (the crochet chain cast on) I recommend Lucy Neatby's Knitting Gems 1 DVD for an excellent tutorial.
Snug Cable Cowl.
1 ball Red Heart Soft less than 5 oz used.
size 13 needles
One extra needle for cabling
Crochet hook and scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge is not important for this pattern
Seed 5: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Cbl6f: Place 3 stitches on extra needle and hold needle to the front. Knit 3 stitches. Place held stitches back on left needle and knit 3.
Cast on 28 sts using scrap yarn and crochet hook.
Row 1: K across
Row 2, 4, 8: Seed 5, P2, K6, P2, K6 P2, Seed 5
Row 3, 5, 7, 9: Seed 5, K2, P6, K2, P6, K2, Seed 5
Row 6: Seed 5, P2, Cbl6f, P2, Cbl6f, P2, Seed 5
Repeat Rows 2-9 to desired length (12-14 repeats depending on how snug you'd like it)
Remove provisional stitches and graft beginning stitches to end stitches. They will not match perfectly, but such is the nature of knitting.
Sew in ends.