Cable Scraps by Park Williams

Cable Scraps

January 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
14 stitches = 4 inches
in seed stitch, unblocked
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
500 - 1200 yards (457 - 1097 m)
one size
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The Cable Scraps scarf encourages you to play with color, play with fiber, play with different yarn weights, play with your stash & scraps! I wanted to create an intro project for those who were interested in my stash-busting sweaters, but may be a bit intimidated.

This scarf is knit in seed stitch with an optional 10-stitch cable running up the center. The marled, rainbow fabric is created by holding different yarns together and switching/swapping as you go. It is the perfect, mindless stash-buster!

Needles & Notions:
Size US 10.5 / 6.5mm needles
Stitch markers & cable needle, if you are adding the cable
Tapestry needle, for weaving in the ends
Crochet hook, for adding fringe

Finished Measurements:
Un-blocked= 72” / 183 cm long & 9 ½” / 24 cm wide
Blocked= 80” / 203 cm long & 10” / 25 cm wide.

14 stitches /4” on a US 10.5 in seed stitch, unblocked.

The Cable Scraps Scarf uses scraps and stash yarn of all weights and fiber contents by holding them together to create a homogeneous fabric. The scarf is knit in “Bulky” yarn, but rather than knitting it out of one strand of bulky yarn, we create this weight of fiber by holding thinner weights together.

Possible Combinations:

  • 1 strand of worsted weight with 2 strands of fingering/sock or lace weight
  • 2 strands of worsted weight
  • 1 strand of aran or heavy-worsted weight with 1 strand of fingering/sock or lace weight.
  • 4 strands of fingering/sock weight
  • 1 strand of DK weight with 2-3 strands of fingering/sock or lace weight
  • 1 strand of Bulky weight

Around 1,000 yards.
Because this is a stash buster and is made using scraps throughout, I don’t have a definite number for yardage. However, the pattern is created from scraps, stash and random yarns, so you don’t have to worry about dye-lots or buying enough yarn at the yarn shop. You can add random new skeins at any point in the process!

Notes on Color and Construction
The pattern is written to encourage you, the designer, to play with color and fiber as much or as little as you would like. It does not specifically specify where to change colors throughout the piece, but I have provided some guidance as to how a marled fabric can be achieved.
The pattern includes instructions for the cabled version as well as a version without a cable.