Cerus Scarf Free Knitting Pattern
Cerus is the name of a very old Roman god, who was originally the male counterpart to goddess of grain, Ceres, and was eventually “absorbed” by other gods in the Roman pantheon. The woven look of this scarf, along with the colors of the yarn, reminded me of wheat for some reason. I originally thought about naming it Ceres, also as a tribute to a smallish town near where I grew up, but because this scarf is suitable as a man-knit, I thought a masculine deity might be more appropriate.
4 balls of Rowan Tapestry (131 yds/120
m per ball) in color 170
US 8 (5mm) circular needle, at least
Tapestry Needle (for weaving ends)
26 sts/4" in linen st (row gauge is not
important). Note: Tapestry has an
advertised gauge of 22 sts/4" in
Stockinette with US 6 (4mm) needles.
7.25" x 54"
This scarf is worked in Linen Stitch lengthwise. In other words, each row is worked across the
entire length of the scarf, rather than back and forth along the width. For a longer or shorter
scarf, cast on more/fewer stitches. For a thicker or thinner scarf, work more/fewer rows.
Using the long-tail method, CO 355 sts (or number desired, as long as it is an odd number).
Work Linen Stitch thusly for 7.25" (or desired thickness of scarf):
Row 1 (RS): k1, *sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from * all the way across
Row 2: k1, p1, *sl1 wyib, p1; rep from * until 1 st remains, k1
Bind off all sts in Linen Stitch on next RS row (e.g. k1, sl 1, pull 1st st worked over 2nd, k1, pull
1st st over 2nd, sl 1, pull 1st st over 2nd, etc.) and weave in ends. Block as desired.
About the designer
Hillary’s blog, http://theyarniad.blogspot.com, offers both free knitting patterns and patterns for sale. The newly released book Brave New Knits features one of her knitting pattern creations, the Koukla Cardigan.