Ropes Beach Infinity Scarf or Cowl
Note: The Lobster Pot Yarns Hand Dyed Cashmere yarn is actually a heavy worsted weight with gauge of 18 sts/26 rows to 4 inches.
Shown in three differrent sizes and two types
of yarn, this pattern can be easily
customized even further, to create whatever
width or length you wish!
All versions are worked from end to end, and
then grafted (or seamed). The
headband or cowl could easily be completed
in a weekend.
The design for Ropes Beach was originally
commissioned by the Our Back 40
yarn company as the “Cabled Infinity
Scarf ” and “Cabled Winter Headband”
(patterns available only as a kit with
Our Back 40 yarn). The Ropes Beach
version uses a mirror image of the original
charts, which means that only one
stitch instead of five must be held for
each cable cross; this allows the crosses
to be made without a cable needle.
Ropes Beach, on Cape Cod, is the home
of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club. It
borders a sheltered bay, and rarely sees
large waves or surf; the stitch pattern I
used for this scarf/cowl reminds me of
the gentle waves which typically riffle
the water there.
Difficulty: Intermediate; skills included reading
a chart, cable knitting, increases and
decreases, and grafting (or seaming).
Narrow cowl/headband: 18” circumference,
4 ¼” wide (unstretched).
64” circumference, 4 ¼”
Wide cowl: 20 ¾” circumference, 5 1/2”
Yarn: Worsted weight yarn: 100 yds
for narrow cowl/headband (red); 300
yds for infinity scarf (wheat). Heavy
worsted or aran weight yarn: 200 yds for
wide cowl (blue).
Narrow cowl/headband shown in
Our Back 40 Ne Plus Ultra Worsted
Weight (100% alpaca, 100 yd hanks),
color Winesap, 1 skein.
Infinity scarf shown in Our Back 40
Ne Plus Ultra Worsted Weight, color
Wheat, 3 skeins.
Wide cowl shown in Lobster Pot Hand
Dyed Cashmere (100% cashmere, 100
yd/50 gm), color Cape Sky, 2 skeins.
Needles: US size 6/4 mm: straight or
circular, any length.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain
the correct gauge.
Notions: Contrasting color waste yarn
in same gauge as main yarn; tapestry
needle. Optional: cable needle.
Worsted weight yarn: 22 sts/31 rnds to
4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch.
Heavy worsted weight yarn: 18 sts/26
rnds to 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch.
Instructions are included for working
the cable cross without a cable needle,
and for the “duplicate stitch” method
for grafting the ends of the scarf or
cowl; in addition, links to instructional
videos are provided.
I chose the “duplicate stitch” method
of grafting for this project because the
stitch pattern is based on a 2X2 rib,
which is quite tricky to graft using the
conventional Kitchener stitch method.
Using either method, there will be no
visible “jogs” at the edges of the scarf or
individual ribs, if the grafting is done
properly. After the graft is finished,
contrasting waste yarn loops are carefully
cut, leaving only the main yarn
behind. A provisional cast on may be
used instead, and the traditional method
of grafting OR Three-Needle Bind Off
used to join scarf ends (directions for
these techniques not included in this