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I knit.

A lot.

Kiteman has been telling me for a long time that I should start creating my own patterns, and I have finally given in; this scarf is my first wholly-original project.

 
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Step 1: What you need

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Obviously you'll need wool.  I used King Cole Haze double knit* wool, and 4mm needles.  Because this is a scarf, if you use different wool or needles, you'll just end up with a different-sized scarf, rather than a piece of clothing that doesn't fit.

You'll also need a cable needle, scissors and wool sewing  needle.

Abbreviations
K = Knit
P=Purl
C4B= Cable 4 back, slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and place at back of work, K next 2 sts from left needle, then K sts from cable needle.
C4F= Cable 4 back, slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and place at front of work, K next 2 sts from left needle, then K sts from cable needle.





*What British knitters call "double knit" ("DK"), American knitters call "worsted".

Step 2: Starting off

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Cast on 46 stitches using the thumb method.




Step 3: Carrying on...

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Now to start knitting.

Purl 2 rows.
Beginning with a knit row  stocking stitch 3 rows.

Next row: (wrong side) p2, k2 repeat until end.
Next row : K2, p2 repeat until end.

Rib 3 more rows.

Step 4: Cable Pattern

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These 4 rows are the cable plait pattern.

Row 1 :K2, P2 (C4F, K2, P2) repeat 5 times, K2
Row 2: P2, (K2, P6) repeat 5 times, K2, P2
Row 3: K2, P2, (K2, C4B, P2) repeat 5 times, K2
Row 4: P2, (K2, P6) repeat 5 times, K2, P2

Repeat the 4 rows to the required length.  I made my scarf 150cm long.

Step 5: Finishing the scarf

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Next row: (wrong side) p2, k2 repeat until end.
Next row : K2, p2 repeat until end.

Rib 3 more rows.

Beginning with a knit row  stocking stitch 3 rows.

Purl 2 rows.

Cast off.

Thread all ends in.

q.piper1 year ago
Nice work! Very cosy-looking! Does it look different on the back?
Those are such cute little cables! I love it!
Kiteman1 year ago
I love your model...
ChrysN Kiteman1 year ago
Lovely scarf! I can't quite see your moustache.
Kiteman ChrysN1 year ago
It's hiding in the creases around my smile.
Very nice! :-)