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MacAskill Scarf Digital Knitting Pattern

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Striding through the damp and windy winter moors, even the largest Scotsman in recorded history, “Black Angus” MacAskill, would have welcomed this giant scarf. Big enough to reach your ears while wrapped around your neck, deep enough to make a hood thrown over your head, and bulky enough to keep you warm no matter how you wear it.

The MacAskill Scarf is a large rectangular scarf knit flat, with a large cable motif and seed stitch border.

The sample is shown in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Fjord Heather" . (This is an affiliate link, meaning I get a commission if you make a purchase - there's no extra cost to you!) If looking to substitute yarn, any aran/bulky weight wool will substitute well, or, you can knit with sport or dk-weight held double.

Note that gauge is flexible for this pattern, though it will change the appearance and/or size of the finished object. Also, the sample was knit using almost all four skeins of the recommended yarn. Please note that if you are a loose knitter, or are enlarging the pattern in anyway, you may require an additional skein of recommended yarn.

This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes the written instruction.  Pattern has been tech-edited.

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One Size Available, 13.5 inches (34.5 cm) by 55 inches (139.5 cm)

Materials Required:
Pattern uses 548 yards (500 meters), of chunky/bulky-weight yarn.
Sample Shown in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky   (100% Wool)  in "Fjord Heather", 4 skeins

tapestry needle
2 cable needles
2 removable stitch markers
(optional) 6.5 mm/US K crochet hook for fringe

Gauge for Pattern:
15 sts and 17 rows = 4 (10 cm square in Scarf Cable Pattern, after blocking

Techniques Used:
decreases: decrease 5
increases: KFBF, p1, yo, p1
working cables with a cable needle
creating fringe

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Pattern Usage:

You may not re-distribute this PDF.

While you may teach a knitting class using this pattern, each student in the class must purchase a copy. However, if you would like to purchase discounted copies of the pattern in bulk for a class, please contact me for details.

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Newest Update: April 7, 2022

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Image Descriptions:
Image 1:  A woman sitting on a log, wearing a wide cabled scarf draped over her shoulders. The scarf comes down to just above her lap, and has fringe on the ends.
Image 2:  A woman wearing a bulky-weight cable knit scarf around her neck. One end of the scarf is falling in front of her chest.
Image 3:  Someone wearing a bulky-weight cable-knit scarf. The scarf hangs over their shoulders and one end rests on their lap, with fringe spilling over their leg.
Image 4: The fringed end of a knit scarf hanging down over someone's leg. There is a celtic-knot cable pattern visible on the end of the scarf.
Image 5: a bulky-knit cabled scarf hanging over someone's shoulder. The scarf has an intricate celtic-knot style cable across it.
Image 6: A woman wearing a bulky-weight cable knit scarf around her neck and shoulders. The scarf is spread over her shoulder, and a knotted cable pattern is visible.
Image 7: The fringed end of a knit scarf hanging down. There is a celtic-knot cable pattern visible on the end of the scarf.
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