Onda Scarf or Wrap
Alternate yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (use U.S. size 6/4.0 mm needles). Wrap is now being test knit in this yarn; when completed, photos will be added to the pattern and to my website.
The Onda scarf and wrap use a reversible lace cable pattern; while both sides are not identical, they are nearly so. In addition, the columns of faggoting allow the solid areas of fabric to stack neatly, creating a layered effect even when there is only one layer. So when you grab the scarf as you are rushing out the door, just carelessly loop it once or twice around your neck—whatever side ends up facing out will look great!
In the Onda wrap, the same stitch pattern creates a different effect when worn: since the fabric is stretched horizontally as well as vertically, the open areas between the cable panels really show. The buttons, both practical and decorative, can be placed over any cable crossing, and the openings created by cable crosses also serve as buttonholes, meaning you can arrange the wrap in multiple positions before buttoning.
Adventurous beginner/intermediate: skills required include cable knitting (with slightly tricky cable crosses), simple lace knitting, and keeping an accurate row count. Directions are given in both charted and written form.
If using Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk:
Scarf: 82”/208 cm long; 4 ½”/11 cm wide
Wrap: 61 ½”/156 cm long; 12 ½”/32 cm wide
If using Madelinetosh Tosh DK:
Scarf: 76 ½”/ 195 cm long; 5 ½”/ 14 cm wide
Wrap: 57 ½”/ 146 cm long; 15”/ 38 cm wide
Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk: 22 sts and 32 rows to 4”/ 10 cm in st st using U.S. Size 5 (3.75 mm) needles; approx 40 sts and 28 rows to 4”/10 cm in patt st.
Madelinetosh Tosh DK: 22 sts and 30 rows to 4”/10 cm in st st using U.S. Size 6 (4.0 mm) needles; approx 34 sts and 30 rows to 4”/10 cm in patt st.
Measure gauge on blocked swatch.
Note: Getting exact gauge is not crucial for this project.
DK weight, 600 yd/550 m for scarf; 1300 yd/2000 m for wrap. Any DK weight yarn may be used, but if yarn is substituted, dimensions of finished scarf/wrap may be slightly different than those given.
Scarf shown in Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk (83% Peruvian pima cotton, 17% silk; 327 yd (300m)/100g), Color #TPS06 Urban Legend, 2 skeins for scarf, 4 skeins for wrap.
Wrap shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (superwash merino wool; 225 yd (205 m)/100g), color Amber Trinket, 3 skeins for scarf, 6 skeins for wrap.
If using Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk: U.S. Size 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles.
If using Madelinetosh Tosh DK: U.S. Size 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles.
Row marker, cable needle, tapestry needle.
Wrap only: 3 to 6 buttons (6 to 12 if placing buttons on both ends of wrap), 1-2”/2.5-5 cm in diameter. Placement of buttons is flexible, so you may decide how many buttons you wish to use.
A scarf or wrap of different dimensions can be made using this stitch pattern, as long as it is a multiple of 16 sts + 14 sts wide, and a multiple of 48 rows long (last repeat will be 47, not 48 rows).