Emily Greene



Rift is a modern, cabled cowl knitted in the round. Rift’s deeply furrowed cable motif is inspired by the dramatic landscapes shaped by tectonic movement within the earth’s crust. This design is well suited to any solid colour of yarn, but works especially well in light colours and rich, saturated hues. It is sized to be worn wrapped twice around the neck, and is knit from the bottom-up in one piece using circular needles.

This pattern is written in one size. Cowl has a finished circumference of 55 3/4” / 142 cm, and a finished height of 8 1/4” / 21 cm.

630 yards / 576 meters aran or heavy-worsted weight wool yarn
3 skeins of Swans Island All American Worsted (75% Rambouillet wool, 25% alpaca, 210 yds / 192 m – 80 g)
Photographed in color Granite

25.5 stitches x 33.5 rows = 4″ square, knit in the round on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles in charted cable pattern, after blocking

One 48” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

One 48″ circular needle, one size smaller than size needed to obtain gauge listed (for tubular cast-on)
Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Intermediate: Skills required include knitting in the round and knitting cables.

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Tubular Cast-On, Tubular Bind Off, Cabling Without the Use of a Cable Needle

Instructions for cabled stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written form.

RIFT was originally published in Laine Magazine, Issue 4.
Photographs (as indicated) courtesy of Laine Magazine.