As promised in the last post, here are the instructions for our adaptation of the Graphic Design Scarf, a free pattern on Ravelry from user miinemost. The original is based on a traditional C8F/C8B cable pattern. Our version adds rolled reverse stockinette ends and is narrower. The original calls for the first stitch of each row to be “slipped,” presumably purlwise. Below are specific instructions for a slightly different technique for a slipped stitch edging.
Gosh Yarn It’s CABLED SCARF
200g Berroco Ultra Wool (100% super wash wool, 218 yds/100g) or approximately 400 yards similar worsted weight yarn
US 9 / 5.5mm needles
Gauge/Finished Measurements (after blocking)
4.5 sts and 4.5 rows = 1″ / 7.5″ wide x 66″ long
C8F = slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, knit 4 sts, k 4 sts from cable needle
C8B = slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in back, knit 4 sts, k 4 sts from cable needle
K = knit
P = purl
RS = right side
Slpyf = slip first st purlwise with yarn in front
Slkyb = slip first st knitwise with yarn in back
st/sts = stitch/stitches
WS = wrong side
RS rows are odd-numbered. WS rows are even-numbered.
Scarf begins and ends with an edging of 4 rows of reverse stockinette, with RS purl rows and WS knit rows. Body of scarf is stockinette with RS knit rows and WS purl rows.
Beginning with Row 6, the first stitch of every WS purl row should be slipped purlwise with yarn in front (Slpyf) for body of scarf.
Beginning with Row 7, the first stitch of every RS knit row should be slipped knit wise with yarn in back (Slkyb) for body of scarf.
Using long-tail cast-on, cast on 42 sts.
Row 1 (RS): P to end of row.
Row 2 (WS): Slkyb, K to end of row.
Row 3: Slpyf, P to end of row.
Row 4: Slkyb, K to end of row. (End of reverse stockinette edging.)
Row 5: Slpyf, K to end of row.
Row 6: Slpyf, P to end of row.
Row 7: Slkyb, K to end of row.
Row 8: Slpyf, P to end of row.
Row 9: Slkyb, K to end of row.
Row 10: Slpyf, P to end of row.
Row 11 (RS): Slkyb, C8F, K8, C8F, K8, C8F, K1.
Rows 12-18: Work 7 rows in stockinette st, beginning and ending with a (WS) P row, slipping the first st of each row, as per Pattern Note.
Row 19 (RS): Slkyb, K8, C8B, K8, C8B, K9.
Rows 20-26: Work as for Rows 12-18.
Repeat Rows 11-26 to approximately 3” before desired length.
Repeat Rows 11-17 once more, ending after a (RS) K row.
Next Row (WS): Slpyf, K to end of row.
Next Row (RS): Slpyf, P to end of row.
Next Row: Slkyb, K to end of row.
Next Row: Slpyf, P to end of row.
Next Row: Bind off knitwise.
Weave in all ends. Wash, roll in towels to blot up excess water, and lay flat to dry. Stretch scarf slightly as needed, length-wise and width-wise, to maintain both straight columns of cables, square ends, and scallop edges. Measure width at regular intervals along the entire length of the scarf, from top to bottom edge, to achieve a perfectly rectangular shape.
Sample knit with 175 grams of Ultra Wool by a “tight” knitter. Because your gauge may vary, use whatever size needle makes a fabric to your liking, keeping in mind finished measurements may be affected.
If you find the slipped stitch edging for the body of the scarf confusing, just remember:
- If the last stitch of the previous row was knit, slip the first stitch of the next row purlwise with yarn in front.
- If the last stitch of the previous row was purled, slip the first stitch of the next row knitwise with yarn in back.
And if you find a mistake in my directions, please tell me about it with a smile! Enjoy.