New project, Palindrome scarf

Well, thanks to the inspiration of my fellow (pun intended) knitters, I'm starting a new project. In the process, I discovered that Cascade 220 and my Ultimate Sweater Machine do not get along well. I guess it just splits too much. Tried and tried, but I just couldn't make much progress. My daughter has such a really nice scarf made of a similar wool that she got in Donegal, Ireland, and it's just stockinette stitch, so I figured it would be a perfect project for the machine. Finally gave up and decided to put it on the hand needles instead.

I've heard such good things about the Irish Hiking Scarf, and it seemed like a good first cable project, but I've also heard even nicer things about a reversible version called the Palindrome Scarf that I decided to do this one instead.

I'm still learning as I go, and ripped out and started over again after I messed up a couple of the cables and dropped a stitch but didn't discover it until several rows later. Probably could have rescued the dropped stitch, but I decided to use that as a learning experience and see if I could do better. Got one cable and a little bit done now. Here's a photo:

I keep remembering TallGuy telling me it's all just one stitch at a time, which is definitely helping. Thanks to all of you for the inspiration. I'll keep you posted.

DeceptiveCookie's picture

Palindrome is great pattern to work with... It's hard to find a good reversible cable scarf, it's very basic and easy to memorize.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Hey Michael! I love this pattern! I've made two IHS's and one Palindrome (I love how it's reversible). It gives you great practice for cabling. I like the color of 220 you chose (it looks like a heather forrest green on my screen). Can't wait to see the finished product!


aboitegardener's picture

I am working on the Irish hiking scarf now for a class project. Finally getting the hang of it after starting over three times. After looking at the pattern for Palindrome, I have added it as the next project to work on.

michaelpthompson's picture

I agree with you guys, I love the reversibility of the Palindrome, making the classic Irish Hiking Scarf even better. The color is called Shire (2445). I notice it looks different on the most recent photo.

Here's the scarf after a couple of days. Ripped it out twice because I miscounted and the cables wound up in weird places, then changed needles, which helped, because I started with 14 inch number 8's (just happened to have them around) and they were much too long for 40 stitches. Didn't have any shorter ones, so I made some out of some dpn's and a couple of end caps. Also using one of the dpn's for a cable needle, since I don't have one of those either.

This is definitely a good way to learn cables, I'm getting much better at it as I go along. Hadn't done cables before, nor ribbing to any great extent, so it's keeping me on my toes to pay attention to the count. I use a row counter to help with the cables, but I still have to go back and count stitches on the needle when my attention wanders and I don't remember whether I'm on knit or purl. I'm really liking the way it looks though and want to make it nice and long.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Tom Hart's picture

Love that green, Michael. Scarf's looking great, too. I want to try that scarf sometime soon.