I never settled on a good name for this scarf and ultimately decided to go with “Golden Chains” … but the scarf itself was totally fun to knit and I’m so happy with how it came out!
This is effectively ribbing, so it took some serious blocking to spread it out and show off the stitch patterns. This pattern was extremely easy … except for the stitch in the center, it’s only a 4-row pattern. The stitch in the center crosses left or right every four rows and you can easily tell which way you need to go by looking at the one before!
Here’s a closeup:
The rib with the holes in it is not, strictly-speaking, a cable but it certainly looks like one. The rib on the ends involved a new technique: double-wrapping 4 purl stitches and then unwrapping them on the front to get extra yarn, then passing two of the extra-long stitches over the other two. It’s easier than it sounds! The center rib is a very simple 1-over-2 cable, but the 1 was slipped for two rows before it was used in the cable-crossing. Same technique as used in the gull stitch and the coin cable.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention: I used 4 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Silk yarn (55% Super Fine Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool) in the “Cinnamon” colorway. The first picture above is more true to the color, I’d say.