Irish Hiking Scarf

This is my first cable project! I did get bored with the pattern quite quickly though, so a word to the wise is to have at least another project going while working on this scarf.


The wool I used was quite rough to the touch and actually kind of crunchy, so I gave the finished scarf a bath in some Eucalan, and it is softer now.


Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf from Hello Yarn


Yarn: 2 hanks of Bartlett Glen Tweeds Wool in Lovat


Needles: Size 8 and a cable needle


Length: 63 inches

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  • Sophie_vf 10y

    I really like the colour! Do you think the yarn would be comfortable as a sweater, after washing?
  • sassenach 10y

    Thanks =) I'd use the wool for a vest or cardigan because it feels sturdy and will probably last a long time and wear well. I definitely wouldn't use it for a next-to-the-skin sweater because that much wool would be too scratchy, I think. (My skin isn't too sensitive, so I don't mind the part touching my neck.)
  • poxyfairyplume 10y

    that scarf is awesome. it's weird, it looks like it would be so soft from the picture..
  • kc 10y

    I think it looks really great - I love that color! Even if it is a little stiff, the yarn holds those cables really, really well.

    And when I saw this photo my first thought was "Did she cut her hair?" hehe - I am *thisclose* to cutting mine. Like, seriously chopping it off. I need something different, you know?
  • Baigneuse 10y

    Beautiful work, especially for a first time cable project.
  • mikomiao 10y

    those cables really turned out lovely! and the color is so soft and pretty. love it!
  • sassenach 10y

    poxyfairyplume--I know, appearances are deceiving, in this case!

    aspenglow--I agree, I think wool is ideal for cabling...which is why I don't quite dislike this scarf =) It looks so pretty! That makes up for the rough factor, I think.

    sigh, yes, I did the big chop--in about a week, I'll probably love it but at the moment, I'm going through the initial shock of being suddenly hairless! (Well, not quite.)

    Baigneuse & mikomiao--thank you =)
  • harvestmoon 10y

    Your scarf turned out great! What a shame though, that it's not as cuddly cosy as it looks.
    I know how you feel about your hair. I had mine drastically cut about two months ago and still haven't got used to seeing this weird strange woman looking at me in the mirror, blaah!
  • Brian Sawyer 10y

    Beautiful! And great shot too. Looks straight out of a knitting magazine.
  • sassenach 10y

    harvestmoon, thanks! I know, lesson learned--next time I will use super-soft yarn for a scarf. I emphathize with your hair woes!

    Brian, thank you!
  • Aimee 10y

    Great job! You're cables are very nice! I always have a few projects going on and now a knit stop to tie me over during those tedious projects. My wrist warmers are my knit stop right now. :)
  • c h l o e 10y

    so that scarf is gorgeous!
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick 9y

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  • Joseph Sakalak 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called KNITTING ART, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.Thanks
  • Crow Girl 8y

  • sassenach 8y

    Thank you =)
  • Silvia 8y

    wonderful scarf and yarn color!
  • ciccibumm 7y

    i'm knitting the same!
  • dogfaceboy 6y

    This is gorgeous!
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