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Crossed Diamonds Cabled Scarf

Published / by Kim

Crossing Diamonds Cabled Scarf

Pattern: Cross Diamonds – The Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans
Yarn: KnitPicks City Tweed HW
Color: Cottontail
Needles: US 9 KnitPick Harmony

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.

Crossing Diamonds Scarf

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.

Crossing Diamonds Cabled Scarf

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.


Published / by Kim / 2 Comments on Habitat

There are very few Brooklyn Tweed patterns that I see and don’t immediately say, “I have to knit that.” Habitat was no exception. As soon as I saw it, I knew Scott had to have one.


The pattern is slightly challenging with all those cable, but when I say slightly, I really do mean it. It’s a fast knit. I’m a slow knitter and I knit this from start to finish in 5 days. The cables are way fun to knit, and the finished result looks so much more complex than the actual knitting is.


The only thing I don’t 100% love about this hat is my yarn choice. I used some Cascade 220 that I had left from doing the border on Lizard Ridge, in this dark blue. It’s not that I don’t like the yarn or the color, but, rather, that I think this pattern calls out for a more neutral color in a tweedier yarn. So I plan to knit another one in a yarn like that as soon as I start knitting for Scott again.

Most important, though, is that he loves it. Now he’s actually stoked for cold weather.