Friday, November 15, 2013

Free Pattern: It's Not TV, It's Cable Scarf

This is a basic "mock cable" pattern (hence the name of the scarf).  Plus, it's such an easy pattern, I can watch TV while I knit, with no frogging.  It's one of those versatile stitches that looks great on both men and women.

I made a long scarf for my father with this stitch a few years ago, using three skeins of delectable Plymouth Alpaca Grande.  Two skeins would have been plenty!  Between the alpaca and this cozy stitch, the scarf is so long and warm, he can only wear it when the temperature goes into the low teens in winter.

This does actually happen where he lives now and then, so the scarf doesn't have to stay in the closet all the time.  So sad to think of that poor scarf, sitting cramped in the closet among the heavy coats that rarely get worn either.

But don't cry!  The scarf pictured here is knitted more sensibly out of worsted weight wool.  This is actually some of my handspun, and it was lots of fun to knit with it!

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© 2013 Reyna Thera Lorele
Ravelry: captainhook

The pattern is a multiple of 5 sts plus 2.

For chunky yarn, 200 yds or so should be enough, with size 10.5 needles.
For worsted weight, I used about 270 yds and size 7 needles.

For chunky yarn, CO 27 sts.
For worsted weight, CO 32 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  p2, *sl 1 as if to knit, k2, psso, p2*, rep from * to * across.
Row 2:  k2, *p1, yo, p1, k2*, rep from * to * across.
Row 3:  p2, *k3, p2*, rep from * to * across.
Row 4:  k2, *p3, k2*, rep from * to * across.

Repeat these 4 rows until the scarf is the length you want, or you run out of yarn, or both.

CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
psso = pass slipped stitch over
sl = slip
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over

If you like this pattern you might also like this free pattern:  Able Cable Cowl

or these inexpensive patterns:
Christina Cowl
Milan Lace Scarf

Christina Cowl

1 comment:

  1. This scarf is beautiful and I will be making it.


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