Italian Wool & Cable Knit Scarf

Last year after Christmas I found this yarn, handspun Italian wool, on sale at one of my favorite yarn shops and it has been waiting patiently for a pattern to call out it’s name. I was browsing through the book AlterKnits by Leigh Radford and I saw this lovely scarf pattern. Italian Wool! it whispered.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to enjoy the familiar clickity-click sound of my needles. So I grabbed my knitting bag, a hot cup of my favorite tea and sat on my front porch swing. And I knitted and knitted. I snuggled under a warm blanket and the only thing I could hear was the sound of the rain and the pattern stitches in my head. Therapy indeed…

It’s working up really fast and the pattern is a simple 8 row repeat. It’s cabled down the center and has a vine lace border on both sides, it’s quite elegant. I’m knitting this one for a Christmas gift-shh! Maybe if I have some yarn left over I’ll make myself one too. 😉

image by John Rizzo, AlterKnits


  1. Well, if that didn't call out the name, I don't know what would! LOLLove the pattern!! There's something about knitting cables that is so enjoyable. :-)

  2. Very elegant!I sdee your edges aren't curling. What kind of a selvedge are you using to prevent it?

  3. Maria-yes, I was always so afraid of cables and when I finally decided to give them a try, I got hooked! :)Anastasia,I'm slipping the first st of every row knitwise and knitting the last st of each row. I hate curly edges. :)

  4. Wow…it's beautiful. I'm making a few Christmas gifts too…worked on 2 crocheted projects today! I am making a turtle, like Sheldon:

  5. That is beautiful!!! I need to dye some wool I have so I can start knitting some sweet little pants for the baby ;o) No cables here – they are gorgeous, but the little ones SO don't appreciate them lol!Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. So very pretty. As a beginning knitter, cables still intimidate me a lot!

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