Manly Icord Originally published: MetaPostModernKnitting, Fall/Winter 2008/2009
by Robin Dodge
Difficulty: Beginner. This pattern involves simple icords, which are then braided and knitted. Pattern inspiration: A similar scarf appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 collection of Byblos. Pictures are scarce, but there are a few here.
I thought it would be a great, simple scarf for a man (or a woman), and it could easily be completed in time for holiday gift giving. [photographer: Robin Dodge/model: Greg Frye]
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length: about 91 inches, braided and knotted
[MC1] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yd per 100g skein]; color 8229; 1 skein.
[MC2] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yd per 100g skein]; color 8686; 1 skein.
[MC3] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yd per 100g skein]; color 7823; 1 skein.
This scarf is well suited to yarn with an extensive color palette, since your chosen colors are really the highlight of the design. Cascade 220 fits the bill, and with its reasonable price and durability, you canít go wrong. This scarf would be great in a softer yarn for a woman.
2 US Size 8/5mm double-pointed needles
Gauge, measured over rows only, since icord is only 5 stitches wide: 18 rows per 4 inches.
With MC1, CO 5 sts. *Knit 1 row. Slide sts to the opposite end of ndl, and pull yarn tightly across the back. Rep from *, being sure to keep yarn across back of I-Cord snug before beginning each row, until I-Cord meas 108 inches. k5tog, break yarn and fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Group I-Cords by color and braid tog loosely. Tie all I-Cords tog in a knot each each end. Note: The original has some intentional mistakes to make it appear more rough and manly.