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
Color: 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.