Saturday, December 27, 2008


I'm ready to show & tell the finished gifts but Lamar gets its own post. I like it that much.
LAMAR a reversible cabled chunky scarf
Designer: me
Pattern: free download here 
and in German here (ed 04/13--the german link disappeared but I'll leave it just in case someone replaces it)
Yarn: Cascade 109 Tweed, a chunky yarn, 109 yards per skein, 3 skeins in walnut
Needles: size US 13
The backstory: when bro-in-law said he'd like a scarf I was ready to jump on one of those striped scarves. Except he added, "it has to be reeeaally soft so I can have it right on my neck."

Now, I can call the Noro Silk Garden soft enough when blocked for me, the knitter, but in the real non-knitting world? Not so much on the bare neck.

So, what to knit? I have Opinions on scarves. They should look great from both sides, and no ribbing allowed on the ends if they're cabled. And I wanted cables but not with squared off long sides. I felt like knitting chunky. So I winged it. (wang it?) . Manly enough for the guys, don't you think? Still a litle artsy, looks good on women too. That's sister Lulu lending her neck for the cause. Again.

I usually get bored on the last quarter scarf, but not this time. It was that quick a knit. And I found myself loving the yarn/cable stitch combo I'd chosen. Usually I recoil from mushroomy-beigey tones, yet I have to say Kathy's right. Mushroom is the New Black.
oh? did I mention? I found the cushy squooshy Cascade 109 Tweed yarn on sale here, hustle over if you want to make this scarf on the cheap in a way that suits our economy.

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Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Wow! This scarf REALLLLLLLY makes a statement. Nice work!

4:39 PM  
Blogger CinderOla said...

It's gorgeous!! I think I may have to get over my cable anxiety just so I can make one of these.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous kathy in juneau said...

Ooh .. it's fantastic!!

2:59 AM  
Blogger Karen S said...

I can understand why that scarf needed its own post. It's gorgeous!!!

4:58 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

That's a fantastic scarf. Great job designing your own pattern. Woot!

7:33 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Ooohhh, great scarf pattern. I never really thought about the itchiness factor for knitters vs. non-knitters, but you're so right. Thanks!

8:47 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

It's wonderful! Way to wung it :)

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Allyson said...

Thank you for sharing! This scarf is great -- interesting, but good for the guys. I too really think a scarf should look nice on both sides. Whose scarf actually lays nice and flat like they do in the pics -- if it's cold enough to need a scarf, it's probably going to blow around some.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

it looks great! i love the pattern and the yarn..a great man scarf for sure!

4:44 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Great scarf - I'm with you on the reversible aspect. Both sides don't have to be identical, but should be presentable.

6:20 PM  
Blogger the Lady said...

Nice scarf! It looks so cushy!

8:01 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

so pretty... love the chunk!

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

I am officially one skein into this lovely, luscious, wonderful pattern! I was getting ready to take a walk to the LYS to succumb to the silk garden stripey bastard when kablammo, I saw this! And I have 3 skeins of the Cascade 109 in my stash! I am thinking I'll do 1.5 skeins, add two buttons and use the cable crossover points for buttonholes, make a spiffy little neck wrap! Thanks! It's a GREAT pattern, easy to memorize, with such a lovely, lovely result!

2:09 AM  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh my gosh, I just LOVE this scarf! I think I have some of that yarn 'round here, too. Thanks!!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

Queued before I even read the rest of the post. It is that good.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

If not for Carole, I wouldn't know you had designed this, proving that great minds think alike.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Ann Nyberg said...

This will be the next little gem on my needles!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful first cable project and I just love it!

12:10 PM  
Blogger josephine said...

Hi Gale! I just discovered the Lamar scarf and would love to make it as a gift. But I'm having trouble accessing the pdf file. Are you still offering the pattern for free ? If so would you mind sending it to me at Thanks in advance and Best Wishes for the holidays,

5:24 PM  
OpenID said...

Hi! I absolutely love this scarf and I would love to try this pattern! And according to the reviews its definitely a winner! But I can't seem to find it! All of the links come up blank! :( Are you still offering it? If so please shoot me an email with the pattern at Much appreciated.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

What a fantastic scarf!!! I've been looking for that perfect pattern for a scarf for my best friend's Christmas gift and this is it! I know I'll make one for myself afterwards too. Thank you for this and have a fantastic holiday season. All the best in 2012.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Danna said...

I would love to get the pattern as well but the links are broken. Can you help? Thanks, Danna

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would like to get the pattern, but the link is showing up "blank". Can you mail it to me:
Thank you

2:58 AM  
Blogger Katerina said...

The german pattern doesn't exist anymore!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It will not let me download English version of pattern

11:28 PM  
Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Hello Unknown (comment above)- I teste dthe link and it is working fine. Check to see if you have a pop-up blocker on your computer that might be stopping it from opening up. Also, some folks have trouble accessing the pattern from their work computers, because their employers have installed blockers.
If the issues above don't solve the problem, contact me directly (email or ravelry) with your email and I'll send it to you.

12:12 AM  

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