Meander

Meander is simple 1x1 rib cabled 4 over 4 sts every eighth row, first to the right, then to the left, to produce, true to its name, a meandering braid. I used a sock yarn worked on size-8 needles to make a drapey fabric with none of the stiffness cables can give. The scarf is reversible, with no "right" or "wrong" side.

Materials: About 600 yards of sock-weight yarn. I'm using Cascade Heritage in a solid red, but any sock yarn will work. You'll also need a needle a good deal bigger than you would normally use with the yarn; I'm using a size 8. Although I've learned to cable without a cable needle, I'm finding it impossible with this project, so you'll need a cable needle too.

Gauge: I'm using a size-8 needle and getting about 10 sts to the inch in pattern; the scarf is just under 6 inches wide unblocked. I'm a pretty tight knitter, though.

The Pattern in Pictures

The chart shows the basic pattern over 16 sts. Repeated pattern elements are shown with colored borders.

Chart Key

knit

Knit on odd side, purl on even side.

purl

Purl on odd side, knit on even side.

right cable

Right-twisting 8-st cable: slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in back, (p1, k1) twice from left needle, then (p1, k1) twice from cable needle.

This cable is shown on the chart with a green border. For a 64-stitch scarf, do this cable 8 times on the specified rows.

left cable

Left-twisting 8-st cable: slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, (p1, k1) twice from left needle, then (p1, k1) twice from cable needle.

This cable is shown on the chart with a magenta border. For a 64-stitch scarf, work 4 sts even (blue border), then do this cable 7 times, end by working 4 sts even on the specified rows.

The Pattern in Words

See chart key for explanation of terms in bold.

Cast on 64 sts (or any multiple of 8 sts).

Rows 1-3:

*p1, k1.

Row 4:

Right-twisting 8-st cable 8 times (or once for each 8-st multiple).

Rows 5-11:

*p1, k1.

Row 12:

(k1, p1) twice, left-twisting 8-st cable 7 times (or the number of 8-st multiples minus 1), end (k1, p1) twice.

Rows 13-19:

*p1, k1.

Repeat rows 4-19 for pattern.

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