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Marsha White on craftsy.com
Loretto, ON, Canada

Fell in love with knitting as a young girl, and decades later... there is still so much more to learn, from fancy lace stitches to interesting Japanese knitting techniques. I am particularly smitten ...

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Highland Thistle Scarf

from Provenance Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Highland Thistle Scarf
Highland Thistle Scarf
Highland Thistle Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cable
  • reading charts

Pattern Description:

Inspired by the stitch pattern "A Bit of Scotland" from the book Knitting Counterpanes, by Mary Walker Phillips, this simple but elegant knit / purl stitch pattern features a five-stitch cable.

The original counterpane is in the collection of the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. It featured a 7-stitch cable, flower motif with solid purl flower, large bordering knit/purl blocks, and seed stitch edge borders. Using odd numbers for cables was a traditional knitting technique used in many 19th-century designs. It creates a cable with less tension in the twist than our modern day even stitch cables.

The center cable of the Highland Thistle Scarf has knit/purl flowers (which I fancifully see as thistles) on either side, and all bordered with knit/purl blocks an a slip-stitch edging. A handsome textured scarf to keep one warm when the winds are high and the temperatures low.

Pattern was professionally tech edited by Robin Melanson.


in pattern stitch 31 sts = 5.4" / 32 rows = 3.75"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 8" wide by 54" long


  • 3.5 mm / 4 US knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

520 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Shelridge Yarns DK