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Wednesday, September 19, 2007



[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 (no registration required, just click on link & save file)

Osiris Scarf Chart:
Osiris Scarf Chart from

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 ( for directing me to the Aire River knitting font and for the Chart Master Document without which I never would have attempted charting.
Bets (, Grace (, and Libby (

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:


5 stitch(es):

hakucho said...

Sure hope you find your camera...soon !!!!


very lovely, marie. i do wish i had the time to knit it, though! I'd love to try out that chart of yours!

Anonymous said...

This scarf is beautiful! I really want to make it over the holidays. What is the skill level required to make this scarf? Thanks. Kara

katrinka said...

Just knitted this pattern as the center of an afghan. It came out beautiful! Everyone who has seen it, loves it! The pattern is very simple but looks more complicated. And that's thanks to you making the directions so detailed and easy to understand. I'm going to be using this pattern again.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for these patterns! Enough inspiration to let me knit my way through a long cold winter, methinks. Can't wait to try these stitches!

And your chart for this is brilliant! I've never seen anyone use color for these before, and it makes it so much clearer, and easier to understand. Brilliant.