Sunday, December 02, 2007

Holiday Scarf Pattern

I've been asked for the details on the scarf I started last Christmas, and I thought I might as well post the pattern here. I asked Thomas what I should call it, and he suggested "Mr. Dotted Line Scribbly Line Scarf" which I have to say was a mighty good suggestion. However in the interest of keeping it short, I'm sticking with "Holiday Scarf" for now. I'm still open for ideas.

The pattern is very basic, and I'm sure there are many similar patterns already out there, but this was my own design, so please respect my copyright and do not use this for profit. Otherwise, enjoy!

I've re-posted some photos above to show some of the detail. You can find more photos here. I thoroughly enjoyed making this scarf although I used a cable needle so it took me quite some time to complete. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment. If you prefer to cable without a cable needle I might suggest checking out Grumperina's tutorial here.

This is my first attempt at writing up a pattern, however simple, so please reply with a comment if you happen to catch any errors... I apologize for not having the specifics on the amount of yarn or number of rows. I didn't write out the pattern as I was creating the scarf and completed it almost a full year ago, but I'll do my best to get it right... so here goes!

Materials: Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic, Worsted Weight) - approximately 1.5 skeins
Grey Heather
Needles: US 8 straights, cable needle

Finished Size (without blocking): Approximately 70" (178 cm) & 5 3/4" (15 cm) wide
Note: You may prefer this scarf blocked, but I liked the way the cables and stockinette columns striped without blocking. Estimated size if blocked: 8 1/2 to 9 inches wide

Abbreviations: CO: cast on; st(s): stitch(es); k: knit; p: purl; RS: right side; WS: wrong side.


CO 52 sts.

Row 1 (RS): *k2, p2, slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2, repeat from * 4 times (5 cables have been made); k2.

Row 2 (WS): [p2, k2, p4, k2] to last 2 stitches. p2.

Row 3 (RS): [k2, p2, k4, p2] to last 2 stitches. k2.

Row 4 (WS): same as row 2

Repeat these four rows until scarf has reached desired length, bind off all stitches in pattern, and you are done! That's it!

I suggest pairing it with a nice warm fitted pea coat on a cold winter day. Without blocking it is quite thick and very warm!

If you do choose to make one please share. I would love to see your finished results and to know your thoughts on the pattern!

Oh, and one more note: If you prefer, go ahead and switch rows one and three. Then you are not starting on a cable row. I like to think it would look nice either way.


AJR said... knitting is nowhere near this cool, but thanks for the inspiration! I'll work my way up to it. When I move back north next year I figure I'm going to need some warm stuff.

yas said...

Looking forward to trying this pattern. It looks really pretty in the picture!

SJ said...

ajr & yas - Thanks!

yas - You will be one of the first to try it out, which is, of course, exciting for me. Let me know if you have any questions!

Anonymous said...

This is just what I ahve been looking for! I am going to make this for my husband's birthday in Oct. Beautiful pattern!

musical vamp said...

i made this beautiful pattern, using two full skeins (i prefer a long scarf). i have received several compliments on it and i absolutely adore it! thank you for sharing! (i can be found at musicalvamp81 on ravelry - i posted a picture of the completed scarf)

SJ said...

I am so happy you liked it! *goes to check out Ravelry project page*

Anonymous said...

Sarah, when I saw this pattern on Ravelry, I loved it, and when I opened up to your site to download this pattern and heard the song I Can Only Imagine and the date that you posted this, December 2nd, you don't know what this meant to me. My father died on that day, and I felt as though God was trying to comfort me as well as tell me this is the scarf I should make for a very special friend. Thank you!

SJ said...

\o/ Thank you so much! God sure does work in mysterious ways, doesn't He! Who would have known His hands were in the post so long ago, but they were, and I am so pleased that you have found comfort here and were kind enough to share. I hope you enjoy the pattern too. :) Praying for you! God bless you and your friend.