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Fretboard is a cosy cabled & textured scarf designed to look like the fretboards of stringed instruments. I created the DK-weight 'four-stringed' version for a relative who is a talented bass guitar player, and I couldn't resist knitting one for myself too. Mine has six cabled 'strings' like my favourite instrument the viola da gamba, and is in fingering-weight yarn. This scarf is fully reversible with its ribbed ground, garter-stitch 'frets' and simple reversible-cable 'strings'. A slipped-stitch selvedge and (optional) tubular cast-on and bind-off create nice clean edges. Fretboard would make an easy introduction to knitting reversible cables. Both charted and written instructions are included. Pattern is for personal use only. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit and purl stitches cables slipped stitches tubular cast-on and bind-off (optional) GAUGE 19 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette (DK version), or 24 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette (fingering version) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The four-stringed DK-weight version measures 75"/190cm long and 8"/20cm wide. The six-stringed fingering-weight version measures 65"/165cm long and 8.5"/22cm wide. This scarf is easy to customise by knitting more or fewer repeats. SUGGESTED YARN 660 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN WOOLganic Organic Merino 8ply (DK version), or Malabrigo Sock (fingering version)

Recommended with this pattern

  • Four-stringed bass/ukulele version: 6 balls of WOOLganic Organic Merino 8ply in 'Charbon', or 660yds/604m of smooth DK or worsted-weight yarn. Six-stringed guitar/viola da gamba version: 2 skeins of Malabrigo Sock in 'Boticelli Red', or 865yds/790m of smooth fingering-weight yarn.
  • Fingering version: US 5 - 3.75 mm straight needles, or needle size which produces a fabulous drapy fabric with your yarn.
  • DK version: US 7 - 4.5 mm straight needles, or needle size that produces a fabulous drapy fabric with your yarn.

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Amy van de Laar
Amy van de Laar
I learned to knit as a child, hated it, then learned to crochet as a uni student, and loved it! It was a slippery slope to a total yarn obsession - knitting, crochet, spinning, designing, I love it all! For links to my designs, and geeking out over crafts and music, come and visit my blog...