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Thursday, October 11, 2007

It Ain't Plain, Jane!

A great way to use up that skein of worsted you couldn't resist or the one that's left after finishing that sweater.


- 1 skein Malabrigo worsted 196m/215yds (Substitute any worsted yarn you would like so long as you adjust needles sizes to keep the pattern from looking holey or getting too stiff. If you use a smaller yarn you’ll get a thinner scarf or increase your cast on number by a multiple of 4, thicker yarn, decrease your cast number on by a multiple of 4 as the scarf is 15.5cm/6” wide with a worsted yarn.)
- 7mm needles (No US equivalent, I’d use 10 ½ )
- Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 9 sts and 11 rows = 5cm/2” in pattern

Notes: CB2B = Slip one stitch to cable needle and hold to back, Knit the next stitch, then knit the one on the cable needle. You will be working cables on both sides of the scarf which makes it reversible.


Cast on 30 sts

Row 1: K2, *K2, P2* repeat *to* to last 2, K2
Row 2: K2, *P2, K2* repeat *to* end
Row 3: K2, *CB2B, P2* repeat to last 2, K2
Row 4: K2, *P2, CB2B* repeat to last 4, P2, K2
Row 5: Repeat row 1
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Repeat row 1
Row 8: Repeat row 2
Row 9: Repeat row 3
Row 10: Repeat row 4

ERRATA: If you want the small tight cables like in the photos above, only repeat Rows 1 - 4. I made a mistake when I wrote out the pattern and only caught it thanks to Emmybear. Otherwise your cables will simply look a little more elongated than mine.

Repeat Rows 5 to 10 another 30 times so you have a total of 31 cables including the one just after the cast on row. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 then begin Keyhole rows [RS]

Keyhole Rows:

Row 1: Work 10 stitches in pattern, bind off 10 stitches, work remaining 10 stitches in pattern.
Row 2: Work 10 stitches in pattern, cast on 10 sts, work remaining 10 stitches in pattern.
Repeat Rows 5 - 10 in pattern another 6 times. Work Rows 1 and 2. Make sure that there is a good length left to cast off and to reinforce Keyhole.

Cast off.

Then, with length of yarn, reinforce Keyhole all the way around to both strengthen it and to tidy the cast on edge and sides.

Weave in ends.

Written by Dorothy Broderick. You may not distribute or sell this pattern without permission. You may make items for sale using this pattern so long as you agree to donate 5 dollars of the profits to your local Heart Association.

Have I mentioned that I miss my good camera? Ah well, hopefully the person who ends up with this scarf will be able to take better pictures for me.


  • Very cute!!

    By Blogger FemiKnitMafia, at 1:07 PM, October 11, 2007  

  • Thanks so much for this, Dorothy! I just might have the perfect lone skein in my stash! :0)

    By Blogger Charity, at 2:17 PM, October 11, 2007  

  • Loving your keyhole scarf, and I too have "several" lone balls that I could use up for family and friends etc. And I love the way it makes a great "cosy" for your plant.

    By Blogger Sue H, at 12:20 AM, October 12, 2007  

  • Thank you very much Dorothy for sharing this beautiful pattern!!!

    By Anonymous sabrina, at 11:29 AM, October 12, 2007  

  • Great scarf! I don't know how I missed this post. I never was interested in the keyhole thing but I love the way that looks.

    I kind of have a serious gift list ahead of me but I might be able to make some room...

    By Anonymous jessie, at 5:57 AM, October 13, 2007  

  • nice work! L-oooooooo-ve working with malabrigo, it is so soft. What a nice pattern to show it off!

    By Blogger Heather, at 3:18 PM, October 14, 2007  

  • great little pattern!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 5:48 PM, October 14, 2007  

  • lovely:: thanks for sharing the keyhole pattern --KAF

    By Blogger kelli ann, at 8:45 AM, October 15, 2007  

  • Hi, I found your beautiful pattern on Ravelry and fell in love. I'm making three of them for Christmas presents. :)

    But I was wondering..
    The length of the entire scarf should be 26-28 inches..

    At what length should I start the keyhole? I'm working with a bulky yarn, and only cast on 18 stitches.

    Thank you in advance,

    By Blogger Riss, at 11:27 AM, November 23, 2007  

  • Very Lovely and so I have printed the pattern off and started right away, only to find out that the stitch counts in row 3 & 4 do not seem to be adding up? It very well could be the knitter and not the pattern...can anyone offer help?

    By Blogger Shelly, at 6:58 PM, June 14, 2009  

  • Found this great scarf! I am going to use some hand-dyed yarn that I just bought at Genesee Country Village in NY. They only had single skeins per color, so this is perfect!

    By Anonymous Tracy, at 5:22 PM, September 24, 2010  

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