Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Morning Knit Wit ~ Honeycomb Scarf

I couldn't be more proud of this honeycomb scarf that I knit with my very own handspun wool.  This yarn was just screaming to be be knit into a textured item, and the honeycomb design was a perfect solution. 


The honeycomb design is nothing more than alternating directions of cable work and although it looks difficult, if you can cable, you can make honeycomb.  In fact, this knit up surprisingly quickly.

Honeycomb is worked in multiples of 8 stitches with whatevery you want on either side.  For this scarf, I just added 3 stitches that are knit (both front and back) to give it a solid edge.  I have 8 rows of garter sitch on each end as well.   To keep the garter stitch edges from 'rolling', I needed to cast on a few less stitches at the beginning and decrease a few stitches at the end. 

This is a a fun pattern and once your stitches are established, you can easily memorize the the work so it is a great project to work on if you have several intruptions as you can always figure out where you left off.

The cables are worked with either holding the cable needle in front or in back of your work.  This will determine which way the cable will slant.  So pay attention to F or B on the cable  rows.

You can make this scarf any size you like and gauge does not matter.  I used size 7 needles and the yarn would be equivalent to a heavy worsted weight yarn.  My scarf measures 5.5 inches wide and 48 inches long, but you can make it any length you would like.

Key:
Garter Stitch (Knit ever row - front and back)
C4F – Cable 4 stitches - Slip first 2 knit stitches onto double pointed needle and hold in front of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle then knit the 2 stitches directly from the double pointed needle.
C4B – Cable 4 stitches - Slip first 2 knit stitches onto double pointed needle and hold in back of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle then knit the 2 stitches directly from the double pointed needle.


Cast on 26 (the math does not make sense at this point, but you will increase 4 stitches at the last row of garter stitch)

Garter stitch for 7 rows.  On the last garter stitch row increase 4 stitches evenly.  You now have 30 stitches - 24 for the honeycomb work and 3 on each edge.

Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - K3, P 24, K3
Row 3 - K3, (C4B, C4F) * 3 times, K3
Row 4 - K3, P 24, K3
Row 5 - Knit
Row 6 - K3, P 24, K3
Row 7 - K3, (C4F, C4B) * 3times, K3
Row 8 - K3, P 24, K3

Repeat these rows to desired length.

Knit 8 rows of garter stitch and remember to evenly decrease 4 stitches on the first row of garter work.

Bind off and weave in loose ends.


I hope you enjoy this scarf pattern ~  Happy Knitting ♥

Until next week, keep the needles clicking

3 comments:

April said...

That came out beautifully!! Both the gorgeous yarn and the texture!

April

Simply Smitten said...

So, so pretty, what a gorgeous scarf! Nice work!

Gillian said...

found this on ravelry and am casting on for Christmas! making this for my sister in law with a beautiful burgundy twisted with gold from Issac Mizrahi! looks like a beautiful pattern to compliment the yarn.