Saxon Braid Scarf

Let it never be said that I do things halfway.

From when I first started knitting (has it really only been 5 weeks?) one of the things that completely fascinated me was cabling. When a company was sitting on my mail order, I decided to make a braided scarf out of what little yarn I could get locally, as a "fun little interrim project." Oh, how wrong I was.

Roughly 50 hours of knitting and 1085 cable crossings later, here is the result.

I didn't follow a "here is a scarf" pattern. I took the saxon braid pattern from and added a simple rope cable border on each side. There are 27 repetitions of the pattern, because it was roughly the right length, and for the mystical connotations of three sets of three sets of three. I also did the final weave-ins on the 27th, for the same reason. (I don't actually believe in any mysticism, but it is interesting enough to me to take it into consideration.)

I haven't done any blocking on it, and I'm not sure if I will. 50 hours of work seems like a lot to risk doing I process that I'm unfamiliar with, even if it seems simple enough. Besides, does a scarf really need blocking?

I'm still learning my new digital camera, so the pictures aren't the greatest. I think they get the point across, though.

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MMario's picture

I'm also working on a saxon braid scarf - I stole found the pattern in the same, spot, too!.
I'm using a double repeat of the pattern across the scarf though - and have so far only finished a few repeats of the pattern. It takes me about 3 hours to do one repeat - and I've neglected this scarf.

As far as blocking goes - a gentle wash and laying out to dry flat *is* for all intents and purposes a "blocking"

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Celowin's picture

Heh. My original plan was to do a double repeat across, so that the scarf could be folded in half to hide the wrong side of the knitting. Somewhere in the middle of the false starts (it took me a few frogs to figure out how things worked), that idea was abandoned. I sort of miss the idea, since as it is the scarf needs to be draped very carefully to look nice. On the other hand, at double thickness it would be far, far too warm for Arizona winters.

I'm also a bit surprised that it takes you 3 hours per double repeat. I figured I was an incredibly slow knitter taking one and a half hours per repeat, but that means we must knit at something approximating the same speed.

I suppose I should screw my courage to the sticking point and block the thing. I'll wait until the weekend, though.

MMario's picture

you are probably a bit faster then I - as you have the added cabling on the sides.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

kylewilliam's picture

I'm sorry, did I read that right? you've only been knitting for 5 weeks?!?! wow congratulations on your accomplishments! I'm curious to see what you are doing in a month or two - you'll probably be knitting cabled house cozies! :)

great job!!!



SKHolt's picture

Don't rule out mysticism in the spinning and knitting world. Some of us around here believe that the work of our hands, be it spinning or knitting, has the potential to change us and the world we live in. What guides us is that creative spirit that connects with "the bigger sense of spirit" that exists in this universe.