I’m very excited about all the nice responses my chunky braided scarf recieved in Craftster, so… here’s my attemp at writing a pattern for it. It’s really rudimentary, but the making is a lot easier than what you might guess from just looking at it.
Some people asked me about the kind of yarn I used, well, it’s called Alpandina, a Peruvian blend of alpaca and acrylic. It’s really really warm, but it’s also quite light-weight, so I had to use five strands held together with size 13 knitting needles.
OK…. so.. pattern, I hope you can all understand it!!
With 30 stitches,
Do a 2×2 rib for as many rows as you are comfortable with. Remember, this will replace the usual fringe. I did it for about 20 rows.
Note: I did the ribbing and braiding in the same needles, however, I think I should have done the ribbing with a size smaller. Since the braiding makes the knitting tighter, the rib is a bit too wide for the rest of the scarf, so I would recommend trying it with needles a size smaller. Haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would work better.
After the ribing is done… (all the wrong side rows are purled)
Row 1: Knit
Row 3: Knit
Row 5: Slip 5 stiches knitwise to cable needle, place in front of work. Knit 5 stitches, then knit 5 stitches on cable needle. Repeat two more times.
Row 7: Knit
Row 9: Knit
Row 11: Knit 5. Slip 5 stitches knitwise to cable needle, place behind work. Knit 5 stitches, then knit the 5 stitches on cable needle. Repeat 1 more time. Knit remaining 5 stitches.
Repeat pattern as desired. End with a 2×2 rib.
Ok… I couldn’t find the original paper where I had written the cable pattern, but I’m pretty sure this one is really acurate. Please let me know if the pattern is confusing in some form and I’ll try to make it clearer.
Thanks for all the nice comments!
You can see the chunky braided scarf post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176869.0