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The Sara Cowl: A Sari Ribbon Knit Cowl

February 28, 2011

Hi friends!

I hope you’re having a great day!  Sara over at Sans Limites has really been on a kick of making up some kick ass patterns for Darn Good Yarn. They are killer. Have you taken a moment to visit her store?

A hand crafted recycled sari ribbon cowl that makes a global difference!

Gosh, sometimes when the chilly air graces the forecast we can tend to “frump out” on our outerwear. Well, put a stop to it with this wonderful cowl. You can use any of Darn Good Yarn’s Sari Ribbons so you can go in any color direction you want! Not only is it awesome, the yarn you’re using for this project is hand made by underprivileged women in India and Nepal using recycled silk sari pieces. So, you’re making and difference and looking oh so awesome!



Supplies: US 19 24” Circular Needles, 3 skeins of Darn Good Yarn’s Silk Sari Ribbon (Sara used Bliss for her cowl), stitch marker.

Stitches: K (Knit), C4F (Cable 4 Front) – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of cowl, knit next 2 stitches from left needle, then knit the 2 stitches on  cable needle, C4B (Cable 4 Back) – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of cowl, knit next 2 stitches from left needle, then knit the 2 stitches on cable needle.

Cast on 54.  This pattern is worked in the round. Begin with Row 1, taking care not to let the cast on stitches twist.  Mark the beginning of the row with a stitch marker so you know when a row is complete.

Row 1: C4F 13 times

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K2, C4B 12 times. K2.

Row 4: Knit

Repeat Rows 1-4, 4 more times making a total of 20 Rows.

Bind off.

Cut and bind off.  Weave in ends and stay cozy in your new cowl!

Rethink your crafting© 2011

Copyright © 2010 Sara Dudek/Sans Limites in collaboration with Darn Good Yarn, All rights reserved. This Pattern is for personal use only and may not be used to create items for commercial resale. No part may be reproduced or redistributed- mechanically, electronically or by any other form without written permission from Sara Dudek or Darn Good Yarn.


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  1. can this cowl be knitted on double-pointed needles? I become severely dyslexic when I see circular needles. Maybe I should just rip up all my fabric and knit things out of it?

    • Summerrain says:

      Maureen, the pattern is made so that the cowl is knitted from bottom to top (or vice versa), hence the circular needles – the kntitting is done in a circle and there is no need to make any seams, just weave 2 loose ends – beginning and end.
      You can knit it sideways (left to right) on double-pointed needles. Just cast on as many stitches as you want to achieve the desired width adn knit it as loong as you want and then graft the cast-on row and the last row together. Voila!

  2. Mera says:

    @Maureen: I tried it in the round – it works; just adjust your sts so you are finishing a cable at the end of a needle (or you’ll have sloppy cables). I used bulky yarn actually with a size 8 needle and it’s stunning (Michaels’ brand loops & threads) This is a great & simple pattern that looks luxurious – a fantastik gift paired with mitts & hat:)) I just love it!

    • Jessie Zellas says:

      Mera – You said you used size 8 needles and bulky yarn – what is the finished length of the cowl as I am not sure how many rows to do. Thank you.

  3. Mera says:

    apologies Maureen, I meant to say: I tried it on dpns:)

  4. sharon says:

    don’t you mean to cast on 52 not 54 sts.
    in row 1, 13×4 =52 and in row 3. 12×4 = 48 plus your
    k2 at the beginning and end of that round

  5. Suzanne says:

    Hi there, what a beautiful pattern you’ve created! Just a question about the material – we don’t get recycled sari yarn here in Australia; could you suggest an alternative? Bulky weight or super bulky? Any guidance is much appreciated!
    Suze :-)

    • Jen says:

      You’d probably want a super bulky yarn–anything that has 3-ish stitches per inch. Nicole offers a flat rate shipping to Australia, so if you want to get a big order together with some of your knitting/crocheting friends, you can get Darn Good Yarn delivered to your door!

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