Friday, September 01, 2006


I love cables, I really do - what I don't like is the bulk, the way they pop up and whatever you do, they just won't sit flat!
Maybe that's the idea though, maybe cables aren't into the 'flat look'. But I am, especially when it comes to my knitted items:
I do not need extra bulk!
So last winter I came across this neat, flat cable: an illusion - a cable that isn't really a cable. I loved it and when it came time to knit up my beautiful cashmere yarn, I didn't hesitate to include a couple (or 3) in the design.

* approx W 25cm/10" (using 5ply and 4mm ndls) unblocked


SKPO Sl 1 st as if to k, k the next st, pass the slipped st over the k st
P2tog tbl purl 2 sts together through the back loops

Row 1 P2, YO, K3, SKPO, K9, P2
Row 2 K2, P8, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P1, K2
Row 3 P2, K2, YO, K3, SKPO, K7, P2

Row 4 K2, P6, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P3, K2
Row 5 P2, K4, YO, K3, SKPO, K5, P2
Row 6 K2, P4, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P5, K2
Row 7 P2, K6, YO, K3, SKPO, K3, P2
Row 8 K2, P2, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P7, K2
Row 9 P2, K8, YO, K3, SKPO, K1, P2
Row 10 K2, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P9, K2
These 10 rows form the patt rep


CO 62 sts and
K 4 rows

Row 1 (RS) K4, *P2, YO, K3, SKPO, K9, P2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 2 K4, *K2, P8, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P1, K2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 3 K4, *P2, K2, YO, K3, SKPO, K7, P2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 4 K4, *K2, P6, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P3, K2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 5 K4, *P2, K4, YO, K3, SKPO, K5, P2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 6 K4, *K2, P4, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P5, K2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 7 K4, *P2, K6, YO, K3, SKPO, K3, P2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 8 K4, *K2, P2, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P7, K2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 9 K4, *P2, K8, YO, K3, SKPO, K1, P2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 10 K4, *K2, P2tog tbl, P3, YO, P9, K2 rep from * to last 4 sts, K4

Rep these 10 rows until desired length.
Next row K
Rep this row 3 times more. Cast off. Block lightly

Please note: The chart (below) depicts one cable ONLY - not the entire scarf pattern.


tammy said...

Wow! Really beautiful. I think I may have finally found something for that little skein of cashmere hiding in the stash. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

i just love your knitting!

Wendi said...

you are a really talented designer! I can't wait to try the camis you've written patterns out for. thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE, Love, love cables!! This is just beautiful!!! You really do a wonderful job with all you knit and you are so very generous to share your work with us!! I would love a chart for this - when you have time. Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

i am in love with the cable illusion scarf. A girl at work mentioned she would love a cable scarf. So when I saw yours it is PERFECT!!!
However, PLEASE tell me what SKP is. I am thinking "skip" but I want to be sure. If it is then I am to just pass the stitch over to the right needle. Please let me know. I just found your blog and will visit often.
Dorothy in Michigan

Nora said...

Dorothy, SKP: slip 1 st, K the 2nd st and pass that 2nd st over the slipped st. So, you only slip 1 st (that is pass it over to the right needle) but DON'T FORGET TO K1, AND PASS THE SLIPPED ST OVER!

Anonymous said...

Hi Black Dog Knits!
Congrats to the both of us for joining and becoming members of the Knitting Blog ring! I love your blog, by the way, and especially the faux cable pattern. If you developed the chart yet, will you please e-mail it to me? Thanks so much.

Kayleen said...

The scarf (and your other patterns) are just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I have also joined your blog to keep up with your beautiful work!

Anonymous said...

You are very talented and I want to make the illusion cable scarf. I wonder if you could clarify two things: 1. Based on your pattern, how much yarn should I buy? 2. Is SKO the same as SKPO? Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...


1. That depends on your desired length and tension (rows per inch). I used 4 x 50g balls of yarn.

2. SKP is the same as SKPO (Sl 1, K1, PSSO).

Thanks for your compliment - you're very kind. x

karla said...

I'm planning to attempt the scarf, but I'm a little confused on one thing: on the WS, is it P2tog (as in the pattern) or P2tog tbl (as in the chart)?

Anonymous said...

Karla: it is p2tog tbl.

Anonymous said...

Being a lazy person I've made the pattern a bit easier for myself for a pair of socks. Probably not as effective but anyway, I've reversed the direction of the cable so I can do K2tog/P2tog rather than the SKPO and P2tog tbl. YO remains the same.

Hpaisan40 said...


I also love your patterns and the thorough instructions that you share. I just want to let you know that in Firefox the chart for this scarf not aligned with the picture and is cut off. I checked it in IE and the layout is fine.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern, i used this "illusions" for a sweater to my friend Moby.

Anonymous said...

Knitter from Oz,
Loved your cable, last winter I knitted it up as a scarf, and it has worn really well. Thanks for your designs.

Nora said...

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed your scarf.

Anonymous said...

Great design! Thanks for sharing it!

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Melanie said...

I definitely want to attempt this pattern soon, but I don't think I'm quite adept enough at knitting yet... Still trying to decipher the instructions! Thanks for the pattern!

Laura said...

I like your idea of fake cables - made a scarf and see for yourself - it turned out lovely! Thanks! Laura

Unknown said...

How many sts. would I cast on to make it half the size for a scarf. 32?

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