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Saturday, December 16, 2006


Note: You can also see photos of the purple Persephone Scarf
here. And you can see the matching Persephone Mitts here.

What do you get after knitting 23,952 stitches over 499 rows, and doing 1,255 cable crossings?

Come on ... take a wild guess ...

A scarf!

It's 6 inches wide (15.2 cm) and 70.5 inches long (179 cm). This was worked at a rate of 2 inches per hour. Yes, I'm a slow knitter. But it really wasn't that bad since I did all the cables without a cable needle. This would have taken forever with a cable needle, which tends to disrupt the flow of knitting.

This is the scarf I've been working on for T. I've mentioned it in previous posts, and I have received lots of comments/emails about the pattern for this cable scarf. Voilà! Here's my Christmas gift to you guys ... the pattern for the Persephone Scarf. No, it's not named after anyone in Greek mythology, however T would know what this scarf is named after. Yes that's right, I said what, not who.

BTW, I love knitting with the Highland Silk, it is such a lovely yarn. I think the width is just perfect. I wrapped the scarf around my neck and it feels wonderful without being bulky. I'm tempted to keep this scarf for myself. :-)

Stitches used in this scarf include:
Pattern 16.19, HG5 pg 39
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11

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Persephone Scarf pattern:
Persephone Scarf Pattern from (no registration required, just click on link & save file)

My series of cable scarves...

Persephone Scarf:
Ariel Scarf:
Miranda Scarf:
Osiris Scarf:
Bernadette Scarf:
Regina Scarf:
Paquin Scarf:
Beaumonde Scarf:
Shadow Scarf:
Hera Scarf:
Triumph Scarf:
Ezra Scarf:
Sihnon Scarf:
Londinium Scarf:
St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf:

Matching Persephone Fingerless Mitts.

26 stitch(es):

Anonymous said...

Marie, that scarf is beautiful! Thanks so much for the pattern! And I love what you have done on the sidebar with your pattern offerings! Great job!

Enid said...

Marie, This scarf is absolutely gorgeous.

I would love to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Marie, your scarf is so beautiful, thank you for sharing the pattern. I will definitely be giving this a try. (I using some HW in ruby right now, it's a beautiful colour).

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, it is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

OMG - it's stunning - All of your work is lovely, but this is the absolutely best so far. Absolutely going to be on my WIM list, if not the WIP list!

Suzann said...

Marie this just the most beautiful cable scarf I have ever seen. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for posting the pattern.

Sandra said...

Beautiful! THanks for sharing - this pattern goes in the "must knit" pile!

Rebecca said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for the pattern.

Lauren said...

That is a stunning scarf.

Jennifer said...

Amazingly Beautiful! Thank you for including the pattern.

jayne said...

I think this might be my favorite scarf ever. Thanks for the pattern!

Deborah said...

thank you so much for the pattern. I love all of your creations!

Janice said...

Thanks for this pattern!! The scarf is unbelievably gorgeous! Definitely on my 'to do' list someday.....

The Chatty knitter said...

That is a gorgeous scarf and looks very fun to make. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us.

g-girl said...

omg, it's been a while since I've checked your blog to see any new patterns. this one completely takes the cake! It is absolutely gorgeous and it is going to be added to my ever-growing list of what I want to make one day. :) thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I've been an admirer of your exquisite work for a while now, but this just leaves me breathless! I must make this scarf for myself. Your work is incredible, and I am so thankful for you offering this! Please create more, and again, this is just gorgeous! I *heart* cables forever!

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful!! but I'm confused - if you didn't use a cable needle -what did you use?

Anonymous said...

Your patterns are fantastically beautiful! I jsut finished making the Cap Karma hat and am moving on to the Asherton hat (going skiing in Colorado next month and am trying to get prepared!). I think this scarf (although i admit, it looks daunting) might be my next project! Any idea where I might find this yarn on line? Hard to find good yean in any stored in texas!
p.s. hey, yeah, how DID you do this without a cable needle??!!

Anonymous said...

how did you do it without a cable needle? i wanna know

Anonymous said...

i learned how to cable without a cable needle from "the knitting answer book" it ivolves sliping the stiches so that you stiches are twisted the right way and you only need to knit across.
oh, here is a url to the awesome yarn:

Unknown said...

Wow! This is amazing! I must knit this pattern, once I find my cable needle again (haven't learned how to cable without it yet)...

And, out of curiosity, was the scarf named after the planet Persephone in Joss Whedon's "Firefly"? It reminds me of the planet it some way... :)

DrLeonesse said...

Oh, Thank you! It is a lovely pattern. I just HAD to have it as my youngest grand daughter is named Persephone!

Anonymous said...

Was this pattern featured in Vogue Knitting Stitchionary for cables by any chance? I started to make a scarf out of this cable pattern based on that book and they look identical!

gina said...

the scarf is amazing in a way I can hardly find words to express! i was just wondering what the cast on equation is for this pattern? i usually cast on between 18 and 24 stitches for the scarves I make and was wondering if there was a way to make this any skinnier. Thanks!

smariek said...

The stitch pattern (excluding borders) is a multiple of 16 + 8. So you could cast on 24 plus however many left/right border stitches you want. (Example: if you want to keep the 4 stitch borders on both sides, you could cast on 24 + 8 = 32 stitches)

Anonymous said...

I just finished Persephone in a beautiful green merino! Thank you so much for the gorgeous pattern. Mine is curling slightly, but I don't want to block the fabulous 3D cables out! Any suggestions?