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Elbac

Knitting
December 2006
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
This pattern is available for free.

Note: Gauge is not essential for this project.

Version 1
Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted 75% Wool, 25% Alpaca; 220yd/200m per 100g skein; color: Soft Pink; 2 skeins
1 set US #7/4.5mm needles
35 sts / 28 rows = 4 inches in pattern

Version 2
MC Cascade 220 Quatro 100% wool; 220 yd/200 m per 100g skein; color: #5018; 3 skeins
CC Cascade 220 100% wool; 220 yd/200 m per 100g skein; color: #8011; 1 skein (approx. 70 yd used; CC used for fringe only)
1 set US #8/5mm needles
31 sts / 24 rows = 4 inches in pattern

Description from Knitty.com:
If a scarf made entirely of K1 P1 ribbing includes some 4-stitch or 8-stitch cable crossings, the result will be a cabled scarf which is completely reversible, having a front side and a back side which are identical, and appearing to have cables which are only 2 or 4 stitches wide. Using this method, the cable crossings may be made from either side of the knitted work, and both sides will still look exactly the same.

Version 1 utilizes 4-stitch and 8-stitch cable crossings separated by columns of garter stitch. Version 2 plays around with 8-stitch cable crossings a little bit, offsetting them by half of a cable (4 stitches) sometimes, and gradually spacing them out more in the mid-section of the scarf. Both scarves have one garter stitch running along each side edge for the length of the scarves, which is just the thing to give the edges a simple, finished look.