Monday, January 23, 2006

The Manly Cable

Just a little scarf I like to call the Manly Cable:

As demonstrated by Dory (approximate time from laying down of knitted item to cat arrival upon knitted item = 15.8 seconds).

This close-up shows the slip stitch edging, which makes a very nice edge on a scarf, smooth and identical on both sides.

In all it's glory, pre-kitty arrival.

And, a close-up of the cabling.

I designed this scarf for my husband, since I realized I've made myself about 20 scarves, and not one for him! He picked out the dark green color, and I designed the scarf to look tailored and, 'not girly', as requested, hence the name.

I didn't block it at all, and in fact I forgot to measure the finished dimensions. I just knitted until it was pronounced 'done' upon inspection.

If you've never done cables before, and would like to give it a go, the pattern is below. Or, if you've cabled and wanna try it...likewise.

The Manly Cable Scarf.

(Free Cable Scarf Pattern)
Perfect if you’ve never tried cables before!

Materials: US size 9 needles, and a cable needle (or small DPN) unless you cable without cable needles.
3 skeins Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I used olive color.
You might not need all 3 skeins, but seeing how my man is 6’2” and wanted a long scarf, I used 2 and a third. The cable is a simple front cable 12 row x 12 stitch cable pattern. I used a cool slip stitch edge that is used in the Backyard Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style because I really like the way it works. The main body of the scarf is garter stitch, and the cable is worked up in stockinette stitch.
I didn’t worry about gauge, so as long as you’re happy with the knitting fabric I’d say go for it. If you want a thicker or thinner fabric go up and down needle sizes til your happy!

Directions: CO 36 stitches.
Set up row: Knit one row.
Row 1: K1, Sl 1 wyif (move yarn to front of needles as if doing a YO, slip one stitch as if to knit it to the other needle, then move the yarn back to the back of the needles in preparation of the next K1), K1, place stitch marker*, K9, place stitch marker*, P12, place stitch marker*, K9, place stitch marker*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 2: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 3: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K 9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 4: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 5: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 6: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, Slip 6 stitches onto cable needle, K6, then K the 6 stitches that are on the cable needle (=cable 6 front)*, K9, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 7: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 8: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 9: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 10: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 11: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 12: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.

Repeat these 12 rows until all the yarn is used up, or the scarf is the perfect length for the wearer! Knit one last row, all knit stitches (so it matches the start), then Bind off!

*optional, I used markers so I can knit without thinking much. The directions for each row are given in breaks between the stitch markers, K9*, K12*, K9*, where each * represents a stitch marker.


At 2:21 AM, Blogger Elisabeth said...

Very Cool!
I can't get Dean to wear a scarf, you're lucky to have a SO who appreciates your knitting. :-)

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Cat Crazy said...

Very nice scarf. The cat is a really nice touch.

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am making your manly scarf for my manly husband. It is my first attempt at cables-- and I love it.
If you have a moment, I wonder if you might have advice for me..?
I am knitting the scarf with a wool tweed. I think it is probably quite a bit stiffer than the yarn you used. When I knit the cable row, I end up with some kind of a hole. I dn't know if it is inevitable when you twist a cable...? I suspect I am somehow stretching the yarn too much?
Anyway, when I see fabrics with cables I don't see little holes tucked behind the cable, so I suspect I'm doing something wrong. ANy advice?
The scarf looks great so far (for my 1st try!). The holes/spaces are hidden behind the cable.
Thanks so much!!

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

iMine has a hole too!! I'm using worsted weight yarn. I wonder if something is missing in the pattern? This is my first try at cables. The scarf you made is very pretty, mine isn't, too many holes!!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger Knitted_Painting said...

I love how yor scarf looks but there seems to be a problem with the cable part it leaves all sorts of holes and it shouldn't:( I hope you can fix it sometime :)

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found that if you pull the yarn a little tighter after you've put the 6 onto the cable needle there is no hole.

I really like this pattern

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous fluffy said...

Hi, I think the scarf is great for a man. I just printed it out to make one for the red scarf project due out in January. I have a lot for the women, not so many for men. Thank you

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous ginny said...

I really admire your edges, they're so even and look so professional.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Stacy Marie said...

To those who are experiencing holes, I agree with the anonymous commenter who suggested pulling the yarn a little bit tighter when after putting stitches on the cable needles. When I first started working with double pointed needles I didn't know that you were supposed to tighten the yarn a little before knitting and that caused my hat-in-progress to look really weird (I think it was called "laddering"). Just saying.

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At 2:31 PM, Blogger shirley said...

I am trying to do the scarf but I do not know how to start a row with Sl wyfi. Please explain

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Deutschland said...

I'm knitting this scarf right now and Im about 6" in so far and it looks great! I say nevermind about the holes, you cant even see them unless you're up close inspecting each cable crossing, and they're small anyway!! What a great pattern for learning cables thank you!

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Holes in cables are caused by the tension you have on the yarn. It will look great after you test a few cables with your chosen yarn and pratice pulling tighter at the changes.

Great scarf! Can't wait to try it!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Bonnie said...

re: The Manly Cable scarf -- you show only a cable front. Do you not have to cable back on every other repeat?

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Bailey said...

so pretty!

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this pattern, it looks fabulous and i'm knitting it up now for a special someone.

question though! i started it using way too small of needles and after only one skein the scarf was about 6 inches long. i've upped my needle size to size 17 now, and after one skein it's still only 8 inches long.
i've bought three skeins but at this rate if i go through all of them i'm only going to have a scarf that's 24 inches long. what's going wrong?

At 11:54 PM, Blogger ellie said...

Absolutely what I am looking for. Have two sons in Canada and would love to knit this for them. Here in S.A. a very short season for wearing scarves. Thanks very much.

At 4:50 AM, Blogger ..Chad said...

I almost lost my reference to this pattern and nearly had a nervous breakdown!!! I'm a man and want to make the scarf for myself.

Thanks for putting it up!!!


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