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Monday, April 11, 2005

XFIL scarf cable pattern

I had a particularly unproductive weekend. I was in serious need of an attitude adjustment so I did a lot of nothing including NOT cleaning, NOT working on craft projects, NOT reading, and NOT being sociable. (Ask the Prodigal Son about that. He can tell you about me grunting in response to questions.) I told one of my Shadowmarch amigas I would put the cable pattern for the XFIL's scarf up this weekend, but I very obviously didn't. Not doing it was part of being unproductive. So I'm going to try getting the pattern up now. I don’t know what acceptable, traditional 'pattern speak' is so you'll have to bear with me and ask questions if I give an instruction that is incomprehensible. I'm going to start out by just putting up the instructions for the cable pattern and not the scarf which is just two side by side iterations of the cable.

K# - knit specified number of stitches
P# - purl specified number of stitches
L#F – lift number of specified stitches to cable needle and hold in front
KL#F – knit number of specified stitches from cable needle
L#B – lift number of specified stitches to cable needle and hold in back
KL#B – knit number of specified stitches from cable needle
R – Randmacshe (first / last stitch)

NOTE: The cable pattern is worked over 22 + 2 + 2 stitches. This means the pattern covers 22 stitches plus two ending stitches to finish a multiple iteration row plus one beginning stitch and one ending stitch. In German, the first and last stitches are called Randmaschen and that is how I always think of them. The Randmaschen are never part of the pattern.

Row 1: R, * P2, L1B, K1, KL1B, P2, K12, P2, L1F, K1, KL1F *, P2, R

Row 2: R, * K2, P2, K2, P12, K2, P2 *, K2, R

Row 3: R, * P2, K2, P2, K12, P2, K2 *, P2, R

Row 4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: R, * P2, L1B, K1, KL1B, P2, L3B, K3, KL3B, L3F, K3, KL3F, P2, L1F, K1, KL1F *, P2, R

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 3

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9: R, * P2, L1B, K1, KL1B, P2, K3, L3B, K3, KL3B, K3, P2, L1F, K1, KL1F *, P2, R

Row 10: Repeat Row 2

Row 11: Repeat Row 3

Row 12: Repeat Row 2

Row 13: Repeat Row 9

Row 14: Repeat Row 2

Row 15: Repeat Row 3

Row 16: Repeat Row 2

Row 17: R, * P2, L1B, K1, KL1B, P2, L3F, K3, KL3F, L3B, K3, KL3B, P2, L1F, K1, KL1F *, P2, R

Row 18: Repeat Row 2

Row 19: Repeat Row 3

Row 20: Repeat Row 2

This completes the 20 rows that make up one iteration of the cable pattern. The asterisks (*) in the pattern rows indicate the 22 stitches of the cable pattern.

AJ, my Shadowmarch friend, thought the cable pattern might be called tree of life. I have no idea if it is or not. It doesn't look like any of the patterns I found that purported to be called tree of life. The book I used was published in 1989 in Germany and it does not list any pattern names as far as I can tell. The book is in German and I remember just enough to translate most of the instructions. It also doesn't hurt that my mum taught me to knit using German terms so a knit is a 'rechts' stitch and a purl is a 'links' stitch.



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