View Full Version : FO: Finally Finished! Viking Knits Cabled Scarf!

12-07-2007, 04:53 PM
Well, I never thought the day would come! I finally finished this Viking Knits Cabled scarf! It is my pattern, sorta. I took the Viking Cable pattern from Elsebeth Lavold's first book, then added other stitches around it to make it into a scarf.

I originally had big ideas to make this scarf 70" long. :doh:
But, alas, the boredom got to me. I settled for 48".
For short me (5' tall, barely)...48" will do! If this had been a gift
scarf for a tall guy, I woulda continued. I have 3 skeins of the Rowan Tapestry still remaining, which will become a hat and fingerless gloves (maybe "Fetching"!) someday. But, not now.

I blocked the scarf using wires and heavy mist. It really made short work of the blocking process! No more pin "pulls/pimples"!
And, the heavy misting really tamed the scarf pattern cables.

Well here are my photos, overkill once again! :thumbsup:


Around the neck view:

Another view:

A closeup view of my cables using Rowan Tapestry. Three skeins, btw.

Here is a photo (below) of the diagram/sketch of the cable, as seen in the pages of her book. I want to give credit where credit is due! Her book is still on sale at Amazon.com by the way. Click HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Patterns-Knitting-Inspiration-Projects/dp/157076137X/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197060445&sr=8-1)

12-07-2007, 05:02 PM
I love it and that colorway is beautiful. :thumbsup:

Could you write a pattern for that? I'd love to make one of those.

12-07-2007, 05:05 PM
I absolutely love it. I love the cable and the colorway. I can't wait to start some fancier cables after my Christmas knittin is done.

12-07-2007, 05:15 PM
The scarf is really amazing. Your work is beautiful, as usual.

12-07-2007, 05:25 PM
Gorgeous, I wish I liked doing cables or I'd try my hand at something so detailed, lovely!!

12-07-2007, 06:01 PM
What a beautiful work! This Viking Knitting is a must-have, apparently! And the Rowan Tapestry colours give a sort of a northern, Scandinavian look to it...:heart:

12-07-2007, 06:07 PM
How did you block it with wire?

12-07-2007, 06:55 PM
That is the most beautiful hand knitted scarf I've ever seen!

12-07-2007, 06:58 PM
Sooooo pretty in that yarn! Just beautiful!!!!:cheering:

12-07-2007, 08:25 PM
Gorgeous knitting! I love Lavold's cables.

Hygiene Mama
12-07-2007, 10:34 PM
It is absolutely beautiful! Good Job....wear it proudly!

12-08-2007, 01:48 AM
:inlove: Wow! Very Beautiful!

12-08-2007, 02:25 AM
I love it and that colorway is beautiful. :thumbsup:

Could you write a pattern for that? I'd love to make one of those.

I sent you a PM, Mason...detailing our options. Let me know!
Glad you like the scarf! Would it be for you? I see it as a very manly
scarf actually!

12-08-2007, 02:40 AM
How did you block it with wire?

Hi Momwolf!

Here is a photo of blocking wires, and I am also sending you a couple additional closeup photos that show how they are used.

Blocking wires thread into the edge stitch, especially along the straight edges! It keeps an even, clean edge...and eliminates hours of pinning and pinning! My spares are laying across the top of my Central Park Hoodie. I took this photo for someone else over at the Ravelry CPH-KAL.

See them here, where I am pointing?

Here was my Viking Knits Cable Scarf, drying on the blocking board. You can't see the wires real well because the color blends with the scarf!

Blocking wires are not expensive, however, they do best when used along with the blocking board, or something else that will allow you to "nail down" the wires. This scarf is 48" long...and I pulled it out wide to shape the curves of the middle Viking cables...so I used more pins to secure the wires. At no time did I pin the scarf itself. Only the wires. Places like Patternworks.com and et all...sell the blocking boards and blocking wires sell separately.

Hope this helps!

12-08-2007, 02:41 AM
Gorgeous knitting! I love Lavold's cables.

Elsebeth is my FAVORITE designer!

12-08-2007, 03:54 AM

12-08-2007, 04:13 AM
:inlove: What a beautiful scarf!

12-08-2007, 05:35 AM
Oh my, I am done in by the beauty of that scarf! The colorway IS fabulous, and your work just amazing!

What could we do to get you to write up your patterns and sell them somehow? I may never make it, but would be happy looking at the photographs.

Once again, AL, your artistry amazes me!

12-08-2007, 07:11 AM
Oh, what a lovely, lovely scarf! I knew you had started it and I've been waiting for pictures of the finished scarf! The colorway is absolutely perfect for the pattern, and I love the way the color changes make the scarf appear wavy at times. It's just beautiful!

12-08-2007, 07:26 AM
Most beautiful scarf I've ever seen. A work of art!!:heart:

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12-08-2007, 08:30 AM
It's beautiful, the yarn the pattern, beautiful

12-08-2007, 09:40 AM
WOW!!! Well worth the wait I would say. This is simply gorgeous - your choice is stitch combination and yarn. Incredible!!!

12-08-2007, 10:05 AM
I'm speechless!!!!!!

12-08-2007, 10:25 AM
Wow, that is truly gorgeous-well done!!!:woohoo:

12-08-2007, 10:34 AM
it is striking!!!:yay:

12-08-2007, 11:18 AM
That looks very cool!

12-08-2007, 11:25 AM
It's beautiful!

Pat in Ca
12-08-2007, 02:22 PM
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and different methods for making knitted projects look better.. that blocking method must be one of the reasons your projects look soooo perfect!! You have a knack for matching yarn to patterns.. and the colors you select are so perfect and tastefull..thank you for sharing your artwork..you definately raise the bar here at KH!!

12-08-2007, 02:25 PM
I sent you a PM, Mason...detailing our options. Let me know!
Glad you like the scarf! Would it be for you? I see it as a very manly
scarf actually!

Thanks. :)

Yeah I would definitely knit that for myself. :mrgreen:

12-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Ditto to what everyone else has said. That is a beautiful piece of work! The pattern and the color choice...just exquisite. You do help set the standard :notworthy: ...and give us newbies a goal to work towards! It still amazes me...how do you take two sticks and some yarn and end up with something like that??

I agree with Mason...I'd be interested in obtaining a copy of your pattern if you're willing to put it up for sale. It will probably be a couple of years before I'm skilled enough to attempt it but...you have inspired me! Thanks!

12-08-2007, 05:44 PM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: WOW! Enjoy it.:yay:

12-08-2007, 06:38 PM
The scarf is set up on the row as follows:

Seed 5 st / Ropey Cable 4 st (crossed to the Left every 4th row) / Seed 5 st / The Viking Cable 24 st / Seed 5 st / Ropey Cable 4 st (crossed to the Right every 4th row / Seed 5 st.

I snagged this Viking Cable from Elsebeth Lavold's first book, called:
Viking Cables for Knitting (http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Patterns-Knitting-Inspiration-Projects/dp/157076137X/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197152732&sr=8-1), and it is ON SALE at Amazon.com right now.
This book was her very first book, and I think it is still her best!
As I told Mason in a PM, you will learn many of her unusual techniques, specifically, how to open and close a cable within the field of the knitting using the "lifted increases" method. Very well explained in the book I might add. She also gives a lot of history regarding the Viking Knits Project, analyzing Viking Patterns, etc.

There are some interesting guy knits in it as well. "HARALD" on pg 74 is a man's pullover, watch cap, socks and mittens! A man's vest on page 96, with a matching pullover for a little boy!

There is an intersting Viking Knits blanket/afghan and pillow on pg 104.

I couldn't sell the pattern for this scarf, because the most distinctive part of it was snagged from Elsebeth's book. I am sure you understand!

This Viking Cable was given as a part of the pullover called "RAGNA" and the chart is on page 54.

Don't be frightened by Viking Knits. Elsebeth makes it very easy to do, and to learn! I taught myself by just reading the book!

Knit on, good people!

12-08-2007, 06:45 PM
Absolutely stunning! Your work is always so amazing :D

12-08-2007, 06:46 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. You did a fantabulous job.

Lady Violet
12-08-2007, 07:39 PM
:woot: finally!!! :woot:
i was beginning to think i missed something. :teehee:
gorgeous as always! i may have to pick that one up (and add a little something extra for the free shipping of course). i've found a lys that carries EL, but there's nothing like knitting books on sale, is there? :wink:

12-08-2007, 07:55 PM
:woot: Beautiful!!!

12-08-2007, 09:24 PM
Beautiful!! I love it.

12-09-2007, 12:22 AM
Your scarf is gorgeous!!!!!!!!:woohoo:Thanks for explaining the wires .I:woohoo: will definitely get some .I'm going over to look at that book now.Thanks again for info:cheering:

12-09-2007, 03:18 AM
That's beautiful! I like shorter scarves, too.


12-09-2007, 09:02 AM
Those scarves are beauuutiful. I love the way the color shows up on the scarves. Great Job!!!!!

12-09-2007, 11:10 AM
Don't you just love her patterns? I love all those knotwork pieces she's done. And you've done a wonderful job with both color and texture!! I'm heading over to Ravelry to favorite it! :yay:

12-09-2007, 03:23 PM
Cool cable and great colors!