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Cerus Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

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

40" long

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.

Finished Size

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.

4 Responses to “Cerus Scarf Free Knitting Pattern”

  1. Bertie Leonardi says:

    This is a beautiful scarf that I would love to try knitting but I don’t know what a couple of your stitches are like:

    sl and wyib

    Can you please carify for me.

    Thank you,

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  3. Goel says:

    Dear Bertie,

    Think I may be able to help you. I’ve started knitting this scarf and it’s turning out very well.

    For R1, sl1 wyif, means, after your knit stitch, the yarn will lie at the back of your right needle. You need to bring that forward(between the needles and not over it). When you have your yarn in the front, you have to slip the next stitch purlwise. And then take the yarn back and continue with your knit stitch. This alternates for the knit row.

    When you get to the purl row, your yarn will lie in the front of the needle after a purl stitch. Take the yarn back and slip the next stitch purlwise. Then, bring the yarn forward and purl the next stitch as usual. Alternate these for the entire row.

    I am sorry if I made it sound complicated. But once you work a couple of rows, you’ll easily get the hang of it.
    A couple of things to keep in mind:

    1. Always slip your stitches purlwise.
    2. Though the scarf is knitted in linen stitch, always begin and end all your rows with a single knit stitch, for a neat border.

    Hope it helped. DO let me know if you need further clarifications.

    Have fun knitting!

  4. SimaWei says:

    I’m trying to learn how to knit lots of things, but I get extremely confused since I Have no clue how to put 350 cast ons on the needles. :x

    But I Really like the design, and I hope I can make that scarf one day~ :]
    Thanks :D