Macclesfield by Kathleen Sperling


August 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stranded pattern, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
One size: 7" wide, 79" long
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This reversible scarf is double-thick, over six and a half feet long, and will definitely keep you toasty in freezing temperatures! Moreover, it’s knitted completely in the round and the only sewing required is a single 7”-long seam at the end. You can also easily customize the length by working either more or fewer chart repeats.

Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. If you purchase this pattern individually, you will automatically receive a discount off the cost of the collection.


The scarf takes its inspiration from the background motif of the initial letter “D” on ‘The Anointing of David’. This is one of the 250 pages of the Macclesfield Psalter, which was created around the quarter-mark of the 14th century in East Anglia.

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Three-needle bind-off (pattern provides resources for more information)

Yarn Requirements

  • MC (red): about 580 yards
  • CC (white): about 420 yards

Other Materials Needed

  • 12” or shorter 4.5mm needle
  • Spare 4.5mm needle (for three-needle bind-off)
  • Stitch marker
  • Spare length of yarn about 24” long
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends