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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nina's scarf -- now with pattern!

So I finished the scarf for my surrogate grandmother. Yes, in June. Yes, it's wool. No, I didn't like working on it :) Yes, I still have to make a matching hat!

It's a basic cabled keyhole scarf. I made it a bit longer than most keyhole scarves I've seen, because I wanted the ends to keep the chest warm. I also slipped the LAST stitch in each row, as I read Charlene Schurch does in Sensational Knitted Socks, because that way the slipped stitch is picked up and worked right away, preventing it from stretching out. I'm pretty pleased with it -- it's thick from the cables, warm and soft from the wool, nice and even, and a gorgeous color (I have a thing for green).

So here's me, wearing a T-shirt, skirt, and a THICK WOOL SCARF in the backyard, where it's like 90 degrees. My neighbors musta thought I was nuts, especially with my husband taking pictures.

All folded and benign on the picnic table:

So anyway, I made it up as I went along, and it's really self-explanatory, but I thought I'd write up the pattern for practice. Let me know if you make it, and send pictures! ...I'm sure there are mistakes.

Oh, and copyright stuff -- the design is mine, don't steak it to pass off as your own. If you make it, give me credit. Feel free to sell a couple of the FINISHED scarves for "pin money" or for charity auctions, just don't make a business out of mass-producing and selling them, and be sure to give me credit. Feel free to make as many scarves as you want for yourself and as gifts. Feel free to photocopy this pattern for your own convenience, but if someone else wants a copy, send them to my site -- it is, after all, free.

Nina's Scarf

Materials: Paton's Classic Merino Wool, 3 skeins (although I barely used the 3rd skein). Shown in Leaf
Needles: US size 8 (5mm)
Notions: Cable needle
Tapestry needle

Dimensions: 7.5 inches wide, 48 inches long

Gauge: Not terribly important, but 32st and 27 rows = n in cable-and-rib pattern, completely unstretched (16st/4in stretched)

Cable-and-Rib pattern: (multiples of 10 + 4sts)

Row 1 (right side): k1, (k2, p2, k4, p2) to last 3 stitches, k2, sl1 as if to purl
Row 2: p1, (p2, k2, p4, k2) to last 3 stitches, p2, sl1
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: k1, (k2, p2, slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in FRONT of work, knit next 2 sts, then knit 2 st from cable needle, p2)
Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Repeat rows 1-6 to desired length


CO 64 sts

Work 14 repeats of Cable-and-Rib pattern, ending with Row 6 (scarf measures about 12 inches from CO edge)

Work right side of keyhole:

Row 1 (right side): K1, (k2, p2, k4, p2) 3 times, sl1, TURN leaving the rest of the stitches unworked (you can place them on a holder)
You now have 32 stitches on a needle, and 32 unworked stitches on a holder
Row 2: p1, (p2, k2, p4, k2) 3 times, k2, sl1
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: k1, (k2, p2, slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in FRONT of work, knit next 2 sts, then knit 2 st from cable needle, p2) 3 times, sl1
Row 6: Repeat Row 4

Repeat rows 1-6 on the 32 sts of the right side of keyhole 4 times, then rows 1-5 once more (scarf measures approximately 17 in from CO edge)

Place stitches on holder and break off yarn.

Work left side of keyhole:

Starting from the center of the scarf, join yarn and work the left 32 sts of the scarf as follows:

Row 1 (right side): k1, (p2, k4, p2, k2) 3 times, sl1
Row 2: p1, (p2, k2, p4, k2) 3 times, sl1
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: k1, (p2, slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in FRONT of work, knit next 2 sts, then knit 2 st from cable needle, p2, k2) 3 times, sl1
Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Continue working left side of keyhole pattern as described, repeating rows 1-6 4 times, and then rows 1-5 once more (left side is same length as right side of keyhole)

Join the two sides of the keyhole:

Work Row 6 of the Cable-and-Rib pattern across the 32 sts of the left side of keyhole, then work across the 32 sts of the right side from the holder. 64 sts.

Repeat Rows 1-6 of Cable-and-Rib pattern 33 times more, ending on Row 4 (scarf measures 48 in).

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and block if desired.

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At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I have a weakness for cables! Why do you post this stuff? It hurts.
Someday I will be able to do them.
I think it is awesome. I really like it. Good color choice too.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Detoured here from LJ when I couldn't help admiring your cabled scarf. It's lovely and yes, the slit makes it so much neater. I am bookmarking your pattern! thanks for sharing.

At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely scarf!!! Thank you for posting the pattern - this will be my next knitting project.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Tusa said...

That is a wonderful scarf. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. I will definitely be knitting it and looking forward to the hat...

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

At 5:05 AM, Blogger Kary said...

A wonderful scarf!! Love the color too. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Anny said...

The scarf look beautiful and so cozy. I bookmarked the pattern. You can never have to many scarves... ;0)

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's such a nice scarf! And great color you picked, too. I may want to try it when the weather starts to cool down again (hard to be motivated when it's 85 degrees.)

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely work! My daughter lives in Nebraska and needs lots of pretty scarves, so I'll knit this for her and think of your generosity and talent every stitch!

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your scarf looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I have just finished 2. 1 in a cream aran and 1 in denim blue aran. Knitted both both on the same needles at the same time (my teenagers wanted them at the same time) I only did 4 of the cable patterns wide and omitted the keyhole. Very easy to follow pattern and I wanted you to know they turned out fantastic.
Many thanks.

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in a dark brown, reducing to four cable repeats and leaving out the slit. It looks fabulous and I can't wait to wear it (what IS with this freak mid-country T-giving warm spell)?

Thanks for the lovely pattern!


At 7:43 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Love this scarf. I've made one- and am working on another.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for a great pattern!
I made it for my friend who lives abroad. I was so excited when it was done that I forgot to take a picture. But I'm off starting a new one. I'll make sure I send the picture to you this time.

At 3:34 AM, Blogger Deborah M. said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. I love cables. I'll be making this one definitely.

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I'm queuing this on Ravelry.

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the detailed description of how you do each side of the key hole. My pattern didn't explain it well. Now I understand, thank you!!

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