Barleycorn

There was three kings unto the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

A late Lammas gift!

Reminding me of rows of corn, Barleycorn is a simple cabled scarf with lots of textural interest. Featuring two versions of the traditional wishbone cable, Barleycorn is appropriate for both men and women. The cables are easy to memorize and make for a fairly straightforward piece- the trick is to remember that you’re cabling the corn stitch every other rightside row.

Needles and Yarn

Sample was knit on size 10 1/2 needles with sport to worsted weight yarn (handspun and weight seemed to vary from skein to skein).

Test scarf took roughly 350 yards- this is a cable intensive project, and cabling sometimes requires more yarn.

Stitches  Used

Both cables are variantions of the traditional wishbone cable. These versions came from the Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary of Stitch Patterns.

Corn Stitch (Side Cable)

over 9 stitches

r1-k9

r2- p9

r3-slip 3 to back on cable needle, k1, sl 3 from needle back onto left hand needle and knit them, k1, slip 1 to front on cable needle, k3, sl 1 from needle back onto left hand needle and knit

r4- p9

Reverse Cable Rib

over 11+3 stitches

r1 *p3 k8* p3

r2 *k3 p8* k3

r3 *p3 k8* p3

r4 *k3 p8* k3

r5 *p3 slip 2 to back on cable needle, k2, sl 2 from needle back onto left hand needle and knit, slip 2 to front on cable needle, k2, sl 2 from needle back onto left hand needle and knit* p3

r6 *k3 p8* k3

Barleycorn

Cast on 38 stitches.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch (or to desired border depth).

set up row- K3, place marker (PM), work r1 of corn stitch, PM, work r1 of reverse cable rib, PM, work r1 of corn stitch, PM, K3

*With stitches of different repeat lengths it can be tricky to figure out where you are in the repeat. In this case, the corn stitch is cabled on every other rightside row. Eventually you may not have to count rows for the corn stitch at all- the pattern is cable, k all rightside stitches, cable, k all rightside stitches, and so on.

Continue in patt. for desired length. Test scarf was approx. 65 inches long. When piece has reached desired length, end with a wrong side row and work 4 rows of garter stitch. Bind off.

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