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The Deep Woods Scarf was made at time where I was knitting through moments of so much worry and uncertainty while my grandfather was fighting COVID back home in Colombia and a few days after he passed away.
I needed to work on a project that felt soothing, that brought to me some sense of calm and that at the same time felt joyful. I asked my daughter to go through my yarn stash and to pick some colors to make her a scarf.
She went through my left over Worsted weight yarn from Knit Picks and chose the colors she wanted in her scarf. I knew I wanted to use cables and in a pattern that was just easy to memorize. While deciding on which cable design to use, I thought of all the messages I get where some knitters are just afraid to do cable work thinking that it is just not up to their level. So, I chose an easy one and made a tutorial with it. This way I am hoping you can see that it is not as hard as you think and that if you decide to work on this pattern, I can tell you that you will master the use of the cable needle and that it would be a tool that won't feel as foreign anymore. The repetitive cable work will also get your hands used to the movement of cable knitting.
This pattern features a Worsted weight yarn but you can work with DK or Bulky yarn depending on how wide you want your scarf to be. Most knitters have quite a stash of yarn, so I recommend you use the amounts required for each cable section that are the same weight. But this is your project... if you would like to make your scarf in one color, it will turn so beautiful as well. I will be making another one in green to give as a gift next Fall.
- Worsted weight yarn ( 18.2g/ 39.1yds/ 0.64 oz for each cable pattern section)
- 5.00 mm straight knitting needles
- Cable needle
- Steamer to block the final piece
- Stitch Markers
10sts and 14 rows = 2" in cable pattern
CO: cast on
BO: bind off
C4F: Slip 2 sts onto the cable needle. Hold the cable needle in front of work. Then knit 2 sts off of main needle and knit 2 sts off of cable needle.
pm: place marker
sm: slip marker
- The scarf is knitted from bottom up on straight needles.
- You may work on more cable repeats to make your scarf wider (*p2, C4F*). Keep in mind I made this for my daughter, she is 6 years old, so I did not want the scarf to be wider. If you decide to make it wider, add the number of the cable repeats to your CO. Also, keep in mind you would need more yarn.
- You may stop working on the scarf when you have achieved your desired length.
- The pattern is given using written instructions.
- A video Tutorial is on my You Tube Channel and you are more than welcome to look at other video tutorials that are available. Click here
CO 34 sts using the long tail cast on.
k 4 rows
Row 1: k4, p2, pm, *C4F, p2, pm; repeat from * until last 4 sts, k4.
Row 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8: knit the knits and purl the purls as they face you
Row 5: k4, p2, sm, *C4F, p2, sm; repeat from * until last 4 sts, k4
- Repeat Row 1- 8 until desired length.
- Repeat Rows 1-8, 8 times for each color. I used 8 color blocks for this sample.
k 4 rows
BO and wave in ends.
I hope you enjoy working on your own Deep Woods Scarf and that you feel now more familiar with the cable technique. You will find so many beautiful cable projects to work on. Below I will share links to some of my own patterns that include cable knitting. You are more than welcome to take a look and see if there is one of them that you feel confident enough to try.
The Mary Hat in Super Bulky weight yarn
As always, feel free to reach out if you need help or if you have any questions.
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