[Note: You can see a better view of the pattern here, where Devon gives better stitch definition than Baby Cashmere.]
I had an idea for a cable scarf while I was browsing through my stitch pattern dictionaries. I knew which cable pattern I wanted in the center, it was just a matter of choosing between the Hollow Oak pattern from BW2, the 28.6 pattern from HG5, or the 20.5 pattern from HG5. I wanted a "neutral" cable pattern to surround this center cable. The basic FC or BC cable is pretty neutral, but it slants one way or the other. So I decided to go with the Chain Cable from BW1. For the edge cable pattern, I wanted to continue with the undulating theme of the center cable. I was trying to decide between pattern 16.6 from HG5 or the Lorgnette Cable from BW2. I went with the latter because I liked the design more. What I like about doing those little bobbles is that it is done without having to turn your work, you just create 7 stitches from one stitch, and then pass the 6 stitches one at a time over the 1st stitch. Very simple, just make sure you have sharp needle points!
The scarf is knit with Elann's Baby Cashmere yarn, which makes a nice lightweight scarf. It's my first finished object using this yarn. I had started a shawl with some Baby Cashmere a couple years ago, but it still sits unfinished in a tote bag. The scarf is around 9 inches wide and 5.5 ft long after blocking. I like to do flat knitting with circular needles. I started with a 24" 3.25mm circular needle thinking that this should be fine for a small scarf. Boy was I wrong. There just wasn't enough slack for me to comfortably do the "needle acrobatics" needed for cabling without a cable needle. So I switched to a 29" circular needle and I was much happier. This scarf is pretty easy to knit, however it was slightly out of my US6 size needle comfort zone. This was the first time I knit with US3 needles! It really wasn't that bad in the end. Hmmm.. maybe there is hope for me to knit socks? I was using a Susan Bates regular size row counter which is supposed to fit needle sizes US8(?) and under, but mine kept flying off the needle. That was a minor annoyance. Need to figure out what I can do to make the row counter stay put on the needle.
Stitches used in this scarf include:
Chain Cable, BW1 pg 246
Hollow Oak, BW2 pg 196
Lorgnette Cable, BW2 pg 197
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11
Pattern was updated on 1/17/2008.
Osiris Scarf Pattern:
Osiris Scarf Pattern from Box.net (no registration required, just click on link & save file)
Osiris Scarf Chart:
Osiris Scarf Chart from Box.net.
This is my very first attempt at creating a chart, so I apologize if it looks unorthodox and is confusing. I haven't yet learned to knit directly from charts. I'm the person who will take a chart and translate it into row-by-row instructions, lol. However I understand that many knitters prefer charts to row-by-row instructions, so I made this attempt to create a chart for this scarf. You can read about my chart challenges here. I've spent a lot of time creating this chart and checking for accuracy, but I can't make any promises since I haven't knit from it myself. I would appreciate any feedback you have about this chart.
Special Thanks goes to the following people for their help in creating this Chart:
Barbara (http://catbookmomsyarns.blogspot.com/) for directing me to the Aire River knitting font and for the Chart Master Document without which I never would have attempted charting.
Bets (http://you-cant-read-my-mind-i-scribble.blogspot.com/), Grace (http://lovincomfortknits.blogspot.com/), and Libby (http://libbyknitkins.blogspot.com/)
St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf: