As I wracked my brain trying to figure out what to buy for an 80-year-old man I don’t know anything about, other than that he used to work for the railroad, it occurred to me that a handknit scarf might be the way to go. Especially when I had already knit a shawl for his wife, aka Scott’s mother. So I turned to one of my trusty stitch dictionaries and chose a simple-to-knit cable pattern.
Halfway through, I got lazy and switched to a wide rib. Yeah, I know. But it actually looked really good. There was something about the diamond cables merging into the wide ribs that makes me think of an Art Deco pattern. I think I’m going to knit this again, but next time I’ll stagger the beginning of the ribbing so that it begins in a triangle, which I think will make it feel even more Art Deco.
I made one change in the stitch pattern for the cables, which was to change the C4B on row 9 to C4F. That changed the crossovers on the middle diamond, which made the cables look more woven together instead of just laying on top of each other.
This was a super easy scarf with great results. It did seem to take a lot longer to knit than it should have, but I think I wasn’t spending enough time knitting. And the City Tweed! Oh wow do I love this yarn. Scott’s definitely getting a few accessories knit out of this stuff.
The scarf was extremely well-received by its recipient, as was the shawl by Scott’s mother. I’m so happy these gifts were successful.