Lately, some of my favorite (and most frequently worn) accessories have been cowls and fingerless mitts–both are just a little something to provide a flash of color and a touch of extra warmth on a chilly day. Over the years, I’ve developed quite a stitch dictionary habit, and will often turn to them for inspiration. In the Outerbridge Cowl and Mitts set, cabled diamonds on a seed stitch ground yield a plush, almost quilted texture. A seed stitch border on the cowl also makes for a great place to showcase some dramatic buttons!
Malabrigo Rios combines the squishy softness of merino with the additional durability of a plied structure to make the textured stitches really “pop.” The Teal Feather colorway has enough variegation to provide depth and visual interest without overwhelming the stitch pattern. The cowl and mitts together use up almost a complete skein of Malabrigo Rios. If longer mitts are desired, I recommend purchasing additional yarn.
The cowl is knit flat, and the mitts are knit mostly in the round (the thumb opening is knit back and forth). Other required skills are reading charts and cabling with or without a cable needle.
The title of this pattern was inspired by the Outerbridge Crossing which itself was not named that because it is the outermost bridge connecting New Jersey with New York, but in honor of Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge, the first chairman of the Port Authority.
Outerbridge is available for sale on Ravelry:
The pattern can also be found in my Craftsy Pattern Store