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Cerus Scarf

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Cerus Scarf
Cerus Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • slip stitches
  • cast on
  • bind off

Pattern Description:

This scarf is named for the early male counterpart to the Roman goddess Ceres (goddess of grain and agriculture), who never made it into the regular Roman pantheon. The way the colors of the yarn wove together in Linen Stitch reminded me of wheat somehow, and because it's a knit appropriate for men, I dug up the name of this obsolete god. The scarf is knit in Linen Stitch lengthwise (each row travels the entire length of the scarf, rather than back and forth along the width).


26 sts per 4"/ 10 cm in Linen St (row
gauge is not important). Note: Tapestry
has an advertised gauge of 22 sts per 4"/
10 cm in Stockinette with US 6 needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 7.25 x 54"/18.5 x 137 cm


  • 4 balls of Rowan Tapestry (131 yds/120 m per ball) in color 170 or 450 yds/411 m of a similar yarn (see http://www.theyarniad.com/2011/ 09/cerus-yarn-substitutions.html)
  • US 8 (5mm) circular needle, at least 40"

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry Needle (for weaving ends)

Suggested yarn:

450 yards of DK weight

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