Crosstalk Scarf by Jamie McCanless

Crosstalk Scarf

September 2020
Blank Slate Yarns Extrafine Worsted Merino
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 9 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
461 - 677 yards (422 - 619 m)
6 in / 15 cm wide and 3 lengths of 2 versions: striped 5, 6, 7 ft (152, 183, 213 cm) and color block 5, 6, 7.5 ft (152, 183, 229 cm)
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The word “crosstalk” was first used in the late 1800s to describe an electronics phenomenon. It’s found now in a variety of subjects but essentially describes interference in a desired conversation or communication from another channel. Crosstalk is natural choice of name for this scarf knit entirely of crossed cables.

The striped and color block versions of Crosstalk use four design elements to further the usual woven appearance of knitted cables.
• The Tabbed Cast-on creates a row of short tabs that suggest the first row of cables are woven bands of knitting extending beyond the edge of the piece.
• I-cord edges in the Cable Pattern neaten the sides of the scarf and reinforce the woven look.
• Cabled Color Changes use simple stranded knitting and the cables themselves to hide the transition. The next color emerges beautifully from behind cables of the last.
• The Tabbed Bind-off has the same effect as the cast-on; that is, short tabs along the last row of cables look like the ends of woven knit bands.

For Crosstalk, Blank Slate Yarns has custom-dyed two vivid colorways of their Extrafine Merino Worsted yarn: Sea Snacks (CC1) and Turtle Shell (CC2). For information about availability, inquire at


Striped Crosstalk
5 ft: MC 290 yds, CC1 98.5 yds, CC2 72 yds
6 ft: MC 362 yds, CC1 116.5 yds, CC2 90 yds
7 ft: MC 434 yds, CC1 134.5 yds, CC2 108 yds

Color Block Crosstalk
5 ft: MC 150.5 yds, CC1-CC6 36 yds ea, CC7 38.5 yds
6 ft: MC 188.5 yds, CC1-CC8 36 yds ea
7.5 ft: MC 224.5 yds, CC1-CC10 36 yds ea