A New Scarf Kick

My Palindrome Scarf is done! 10 days, start to finish, and it’s just as thick and squishy as I was hoping it would be. What I find humorous is that I originally told Virginia that I could never knit the scarf she was working on (her Palindrome), because “it would take me forever.” And now I want to start another one. I sense a bit of a trend, here. I usually avoid knitting many scarves because I think they can get boring. But the ones that don’t have a big pattern to follow (you know, the no-brainer ones) seem to go quickly for me. Looking back, I see how I typically go on kicks and make several in a certain pattern before getting tired of them.

There was the Feather and Fan kick (in Wollmeise, Wollmeise, Wollmeise, Alpaca with a Twist Socrates, Noro and Noro):

And the Chevron Scarf kick (in Fiesta Boomerang, Fiesta Boomerang and Lorna’s Laces):

And the Two Color Scarf kick (in Noro and Noro):

That’s a dozen scarves for someone who always thought of herself as “not really liking scarf knitting all that much.” I guess I was wrong. I’m preparing for my new Palindrome Kick, and already have more yarn picked out for the next two. On this one, I did 4 cables across instead of 3, so it used about 660 yards of worsted. If you stick with the 3-wide cable, it would probably take around 400 – 450 yds. In addition to the Dream in Color Cashmere Worsted that I used here, it would also be lovely in Spud and Chloe Sweater, Cascade 220, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, or Madelinetosh Vintage. Have you tried the Palindrome yet?

Sheri needtofinishashawlbeforeIcanstartanotherscarf,though





  1. I do enjoy making scarves, it’s just hard to convince myself that I, or any of the friends or family I knit for, “needs” another scarf.

    It can be even harder to part with anything as lovely as the scarves you’ve pictured here… not a problem I’ve had to face very often. Especially when the yarn is something that’s been carefully hoarded for months or years, awating just the right pattern. To finally knit it up, then immediately give it away? Sacrilege!

  2. That is a lot of scarves. While I have made my fair share of scarves, most of them have been striped or cabled (like my run on the Irish Hiking scarves). My next scarf is going to be huge though! I think I am going to wait until March or April before even starting it.

  3. Just like you, Sheri, I am not much of a scarf knitter. Therefore, I try not to look at the 25-30 scarves I have stockpiled in a closet. πŸ˜€

  4. I have made a Palindrome and it was a fun project – so squishy! I added about ten rows of the ribbing pattern on the ends, before beginning the cables – and loved that look. Hey, it would give “variety” to doing a pattern “repeat”. πŸ™‚

    There are now ten scarves hanging on pegs inside my back door, along with even more pairs of mittens and fingerless mitts, and quite a few hats. Oddly enough, they ALL get worn! Not everyone can color-coordinate their winter accessories – but they sure SHOULD be able to! (Hey, we can always become enablers for them to do so, by gifting some!)

  5. Palindrome would also make a wonderful cowl–begin with a provisional cast on & graft or 3 needle bind off at the end—just saying πŸ™‚

  6. Do you think this would also work in a multicolor, like MB Rios Zarzamora? Or do the color changes take your eye away from the cables?

  7. I made one way back in 2008, in a light purpley pink (Rialto) It was fun to do. I did 4 cables and a different edge and BO. (ravelry)
    I would probably make another one in a darker color for Fall/Winter …I’m liking the wool/cotton blends like the Spud and Chloe. Later…

  8. I’ve made the palindrome in red for the Red Scarf Project that sends care packages including red scarves to college students who have aged out of the foster care program but have gone on to college or trade school! I’ll do another one when it comes summer!

  9. I made a Palindrone and gave it away. Have always planned to make another one for the Red Scarf project. Maybe this will be the year.

  10. As a project for myself this winter I have been knitting samples of the many scarf patterns
    that I have collected. Last week when I saw the Palindrome pattern I had to knit it into a sample. It is easy, quick and fun to knit — and it is squishy! Now I just have to decide what
    yarn to use to knit a full size scarf, when I have time!

  11. Haven’t knitted Palindrome yet but it is in my queue. I have done multiples of Martina Behm’s patterns like 22.5 degrees which while called small shawls are terrific scarves. Your Palindrome is very nice, Sheri. Janine

  12. Your Palindrome is lovely!

    I am another who has not has much scarf success; too flighty & easily distracted, I guess. Sweaters & socks hold my attention better. Most successful scarf (as in, the only one I have finished in eight years of knitting) is a So-Called Scarf in Malabrigo worsted. It took over two years but much of that was hibernation time… the other day I pulled it out and realized it really WAS long enough, bound it off & that was that.

    I have higher hopes for a Drop Stitch Scarf with JulieSpins 435 just because I really can’t leave that yarn alone for very long. Started it nearly the minute that yarn arrived because I just had to DO something with it! And to be fair, it is more portable than Malabrigo.

  13. I started a Palindrome, but used too many colors and am now faced with weaving all those ends if I do complete it. Next time I’ll just use one color! On the other hand, this winter I knited the Soltice Scarf from Interweave Knits, and discovered I can stick with a beautiful long (six feet!) scarf in only one color and have it turn out beautifully! I have at least two more planned for that pattern …. hmmmmm, wonder how it would look in cashmere ……..

  14. Perhaps, as KNITTERS, we each have our addictive nature.
    Stashes of Yarn, Stashes of Needles, Stashes of Stitch Markers

    β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯


  15. I’m so glad you liked the pattern Sheri and it does knit up quickly doesn’t it? I love scarves in Colorado – it’s so cold it’s a perfect accessory.

    Have a good weekend!

  16. Sheri! Thank you for sharing the Palindrome pattern- I did finally get around to printing it for my stash collection … I’m usually a little leary of knitting scarves for myself, but I really like the look of this one! Keep ya posted – at the moment, I’m in the middle of 1 baby pillow cover (crochet), 1 prayer shawl (knit), 1 baby blanket (knit), and 1 attempt at a shoulder bag / slouchy pouch carry all (knit with embroidered base) – so the scarf may have to wait til like April or something… sigh.
    πŸ™‚ xo

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