Sunday, December 13, 2009

Malabrigo weave scarf

This one was a long time coming.

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Some Malabrigo goodness for me. This sat in my office knitting basket for quite a long time, progressing slowly as I stole a few furtive stitches here and there during lunch break.

I became quite proficient at cabling without a cable needle on this one. The fuzziness of the Malabrigo means the stitches want to stay put, making the job a whole lot easier.

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I took the pattern out of one of my stitch dictionaries. Here's what I did if you would like to knit your own. It's dead easy:


Malabrigo Weave Scarf


Yarn: 4-5 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted, seen here in Grey Pearl (I used 5 skeins, because I wanted an extra long scarf, but 4 would be more than enough for an average length scarf.)
Needles: 6 mm, or whatever size gives you a pleasing fabric. I'm not specifying gauge here, because it's not crucial.

Cables:
4CF: put next 2 stitches on cable needle, bring to front, knit next 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
4CB: put next 2 stitches on cable needle, bring to back, knit next 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle

Instructions:
Cast-on 46 stitches (or a multiple of 4+2)

Row 1(RS): K2, *4CF (repeat * to end)
Row 2(WS): Purl to end
Row 3: *4CB (repeat * to last 2 sts), K2
Row 4: Purl to end

Keep going till you get the desired length. I didn't want to add a fringe, but that means that my edges curl a bit, which is ok, because I wear it looped around my neck with the edges tucked under (the giant cowl look). You might want to add a fringe, or start with a garter band to flatten the ends.

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More info on the pattern can be found here on Ravelry. I'll try and write it up as a PDF over the Christmas holidays. Let me know if you end up making one. I'd love to see!


20 comments:








Claudia

said...

you are the best knitter ever...always so stylish :)





Anonymous

said...

Hi, Nicole,

The scarf looks amazing. I'm pretty new to knitting, in fact I have no knowledge in this area at all. I'm considering knitting a scarf like this for my boyfriend as Christmas gift. But I don't understand at all your instruction. Do you think it is possible to post some drawings or a short video of how to do it?

I will bookmark your blog and come back once in a while

Best regards,

Carmen





nicole

said...

Hi Carmen,
This type of project is quite easy, once you get the basics of how to do cables. I'm not equipped to make videos, and don't think my drawing skills would help you much. But there are tons of videos on youtube that show how to make cables. This one for instance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPTG8u7zRm4

Good luck and have fun!

Nicole





Anonymous

said...

Hi, Nicole,

Thank you for your reply!

I will go buy all the stuff I need and start knitting soon. :D

Cheers,

Carmen





Anonymous

said...

Dear Nicole,

I've figured out how to do it!! Couldn't imagine it. I did not even know how to cast on the stitches..

One more question. Is yours a loop scarf?

Cheers,

Carmen





Leila Tricote

said...

Bonjour Nicole
j'adore the look of this stitch!
I bought a yarn to make this scarf.
I'm reading your instructions and I don't understand how you do C4F and C4B without a cable needle. Do you just leave the 2 st on the left needle and work the next 2 st first?
Merci d'avance,
Leila





nicole

said...

Hi Leila,
There are several ways of working cables without a cable needle. Here's a video link that shows the technique that I use:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_NNa8eORjE

Happy knitting!





Anonymous

said...

Hi!
I'm totally lost. Don't know where I left a request a little bit ago. I was hoping you would be writing the instructions for the Malabrigo weave scarf in pdf(?) format so it can be printed. It's such a lovely stitch and the color yarn you chose really brings out the stitch detail. You sound very busy and I thank you in advance for taking the time to read my request.
(I just love the picture of the beautiful, beautiful tree.205





Anna

said...

Do you have instructions on how to turn this stitch pattern into one used for something in the round?

I just love the pattern!





nicole

said...

Hi Anna,
I'm sorry, I don't have instructions on how to knit this in the round, however, I have made a loop-style cowl by doing a provisional cast-on and then grafting the ends. It worked really well and was barely visible.

Happy knitting!





Andrea B

said...

This stich would make a beautiful baby blanket! Nice scarf too. ;)





Beth W

said...

so you did this on straight needles and not circular? could it be modified? love this sweet little pattern :)





SharonH

said...

I will wait for the pdf file. It'll be easier than copying one line at a time to a Word file.

I can't stand a cowl around my neck, but this scarf would work since I can grab an end and loosen it when needed.





Anonymous

said...

For SHaron H
If you are using word, it is very easy to highlight, copy and past the pattern instructions with the pictures into a blank WOrd document - very quick and easy; no need to wait for a pdf
Jane





Tankestreken

said...

Hello.
Thats a beauty ful scarf Nicole. :)
If one would want to do the pattern on circular needles you just mak sure your stitches can be divided in 4 and knit the row which is purled when you use straight needles.
Happy knitting :)





Ingrid K.

said...

I love this Scarf and cables anyway. This pattern should be done with bigger needles because it is very tense. By using bigger needles you loosen up the stitch and the created fabric will be very soft. .. It can also be done with more than 2 stitches for the cable. .. Just a hint. .





Couisine Marocaine

said...

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Anonymous

said...

Thank you for the free pattern! This afternoon i startet knitting and it is (after translation) not so difficult indeed. Greetings from Holland!
Janneke





Renee

said...

Nicole,
Please tell me how long you're scarf is.
Thank you,
Renee





nicole

said...

Hi Renee,
I wish I could tell you, but I lost it. It was pretty long, enough to loop around twice.

Happy knitting.