Saturday, 7 June 2014

Beautiful Cable Knit Scarf Pattern

It's not too late to knit yourself this stylish and practical winter scarf. Knitted on just 20 stitches using 12mm knitting needles and a simple cable sequence, it wont take too many nights in front of the fire to complete. 

As you have probably gathered from my previous posts I only knit New Zealand wool that's manufactured on-shore. For this project I chose to use Crucci's new Natural Wonder Chunky 100% wool yarn. This colour is called Silver, but it also comes in Charcoal, Dark Brown, Cream and Oatmeal. I purchased mine from The Main Skein, a little independent wool store located at Bush Inn Centre, but its also available on-line and nationwide from Knit World. If you're looking for brighter colours, Skeinz new Texas yarn is a great alternative -it's also a New Zealand product, 70% wool, 30% alpaca and really beautiful. You will require 4 balls of Texas though. Skeinz also has a great on-line ordering system. Just be prepared to get tempted by all the other yarns in their range!

Chunky Cable Knit Scarf

What you need:
- 3 balls of Crucci Natural Wonder Chunky Yarn, or a similar chunky knit yarn. 4 balls if you're using Skeinz Texas.
- a pair 12mm knitting needles - I got wooden ones as they are much nicer to use than plastic.
- 1 cable needles in the biggest size you can get. A V-notched needle is easier to keep in place if you can't fine a chunky enough one. 
- 1 large darning needle to weave the loose ends in.

Using the 12mm needles cast on 20 stitches. Start straight into the pattern.
1st row: knit (k) 3, purl (p) 6, k2, p6, k3
2nd row: p3, k6, p2, k6, p3
3rd row: k3, p6, k2, p6, k3
4th row: same as 1st row
5th row: same as 2nd row
6th row: Cable row: p3, slip 3 onto the cable needle and place at back of work, k3, k3 from the cable needle, p2, slip 3 onto the cable needle and place at back of work, p3.
These 6 rows form the pattern. Repeat until desired length is reached or until all 3 balls have been worked. Allow a couple of metres of yarn to cast off with. 
Using the darning needle, work the loose ends into the scarf. Give the scarf a press with a warm steam iron, concentrating on the edges.

If you want a wider scarf, just cast on another 8 stitches (28 in total) and work 3 cable rows: the first row would be p3, k6, p2, k6, p2, k6, p3. Thus giving three cables. Obviously you will need at least another ball of wool to get the desired length. 

If all this seems too much, or you're just too time poor to think about this right now, you can find my scarves for sale at Charmaine Reveley and Co in Dunedin. 

Happy knitting xx   

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