Cider Press Scarf and Cowl by Melissa Burke

Cider Press Scarf and Cowl

August 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
350 - 565 yards (320 - 517 m)
Finished, blocked scarf measures approx 77” (196 cm) long by 7” (18 cm) wide. Finished, blocked buttoned cowl measures approx 45.5” (116 cm) long by 7” (18 cm) wide.
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Inspired by an antique cider press, the Cider Press Scarf and Cowl feature a “flowing cider” center cable, “wooden screw” side cables and a “screening” border. Work Cider Press in a glorious, full length, or the more tailored buttoned cowl…or both!

There are many ways to wear this versatile pair as shown in the accompanying photos. If desired, the pattern can be easily modified for a custom length, while the center of each scarf can also be customized with either an overlapping center (as shown on the orange scarf) or an interlocking center (as shown on the green buttoned cowl).

Allow approximately 565 yds (517 m) of worsted weight yarn for the scarf and approximately 350 yds (320 m) of worsted weight yarn for buttoned cowl. Gauge is not critical, but keep in mind that a different gauge will result in different finished dimensions as well as changing your yarn requirements. Please make sure you have enough yarn!

Samples were knit in the lovely Madelinetosh Terra (orange) and Thoreau (green) colorways.

The pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.


Both Cider Press scarves are easily worked from end to end. The mirroring effect is achieved entirely by the visual direction of the pattern stitches used.


  • Long-tail cast-on
  • Cable cast-on (purl-wise)
  • Cable stitches
  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Slipped stitches
  • Yarn over


The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.


A worsted weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Slight tonals work well, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the cable pattern.


You will also need:
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Four 3⁄4” (1.9 cm) shank-style buttons (for Buttoned Cowl)
Buttonhole thread
Sewing needle