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July 2015
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?

Abelan is a reversible scarf or cowl created with the serpentine method from Sequence Knitting. The stitch pattern in Abelan is a disrupted 3x3 rib created by repeating the sequence K9, P3. Depending on the yarn and the gauge Abelan can take on a wide range of looks. It is ideal for variegated yarns, and is also beautiful with solids that really show off the texture.
The scarf shown is in Lisa Souza’s handspun bulky cashmere (colorway “Bhutan”).
The swatch is in Sheila’s Sock from wool2dye4. The solid color really shows off the pattern.
The cowl shown was created by holding 3 strands of yarn together: 2 strands of worsted weight yarn (Huckleberry Knits Licorice Twist (colorway “The Admiral”)) and 1 strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze (colorway “Tornado”).


  1. The serpentine method is accomplished by to continuing a sequence from row to row. In this pattern the sequence is K9, P3, so if a row ends on the partial sequence K3, the next row would begin K6, P3 to complete the sequence. If the row ends on a P3, the next row would begin K9, P3. The row repeat is 4, so every 4th row ends on the complete sequence, K9, P3.
  2. If you want to customize the width, the pattern multiple is 12-3 or 12+3.

Materials for fingering (DK, bulky)
1100 (875, 650) yards 1000 (800, 600) meters yarn
Size 3 (3.25 mm) (size 6 (4 mm), size 10 (6 mm)) needles

Cast on 81 (57, 33) stitches. Work the sequence K9, P3 using the serpentine method until the scarf measures 70” or desired length. Bind-off. Weave in ends, wash and block.

Chunky Cowl Variation
With size 13 (9mm) needles, use 3 strands of yarn together (2 worsted weight and 1 silk mohair) and cast on 27 stitches. Work the sequence K9, P3 using the serpentine method as above until yarn is almost consumed. Using smaller needles, pick up 27 stitches from the cast on edge and work a 3-needle bind off. Weave in ends, wash and block.