Here it is, just in time for cold weather and holiday knitting, the pattern text for my Wavy Cables Scarf. It's a reversible-cable scarf that looks good on both the front and the back. There'll be a chart as soon as I can download that knitting font and create a grid in Excel.
Needles: US8s, cable needle
Notions: stitch markers
Gauge: People, it's a scarf; gauge isn't key here. For my scarf, I'm getting about six to seven stitches per inch in pattern. The pattern calls for 40 stitches (nine repeats, plus two stitches worked in seed on each end) and my scarf measures six inches across before blocking. I expect that it'll expand in width when blocked.
Length: You can make it as long or as short as you want. To give you a better sense of how much yarn you need to buy, five skeins of Amherst will probably yield about 72 inches of scarf. That'll be perfect for wrapping around your neck over, and over, and over again.
Abbreviations: C2B: slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold to the back, knit the next two stitches. Return the stitches held on the cable neede to the left needle and knit them.
C2F: slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold to the front, knit the next two stitches. Return the stitches held on the cable neede to the left needle and knit them.
OR, do the cables without a cable needle. Instructions here.
PM: Place marker
Cast on 40 stitches. [The pattern is in multiples of four stitches.] Changed the width by casting on fewer or more stitches. Always ensure, however, that you have enough stitches for an ODD number of repeats across. 40 stitches = 9 cable repeats (9x4=36), plus 4 stitches for the edging (36+4=40)
Knit two rows of seed stitch.
Begin working the 12-row stitch pattern as follows:
Row 1: k1, p1, PM, *(k4, PM, p4, PM)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, k4, PM, k1,p1
Row 2: p1, k1, *(p4, k4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1
Row 3: k1, p1, *(C2B, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, C2B, k1, p1
Row 4: as row 2
Row 5: k1, p1, *(k4, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, k4, k1, p1
Row 6: p1, k1, *(p4 C2B)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1
Row 7: as row 5
Row 8: as row 2
Row 9: k1, p1, *(C2F, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, C2F, k1, p1
Row 10: as row 2
Row 11: as row 5
Row 12: p1, k1, *(p4 C2F)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1
When you're satisfied with your scarf's length, end the last repeat at Row 11 (corrected from Row 8). Knit two rows of seed stitch and bind off. Block the scarf, add some tassles if you would like, and enjoy your warm neck!