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Bobble Scarf

Sep 26, 2008
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Designer: Ann Budd
Published: September 26, 2008
Technique: Cables
Skill Level: Intermediate

Inspired by a machine-knit scarf decorated with random clusters of bobbles (formed by gathering bits of the knitted fabric with elastic thread), Ann Budd set out to handknit a scarf with a similar look. The “bobbles” here are actually 4/4 cables in which the stitches are twisted one complete clockwise rotation before being worked . Worked against a background of 1/1 rib, the piece boasts an appealing drape and is totally reversible!

Finished Size: About 8 1⁄2" (21.5 cm) wide and 56" (142 cm) long.

Yarn: Louet Gems Merino Yarn (100% wool; 225 yd [205 m]/100 g): #80 fern green, 3 skeins.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Two cable needles (cn); tapestry needle.

Gauge: 36 sts and 27 rows = 4" (10 cm) in pattern stitch.

Skill level: Intermediate.

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FrancesW wrote
on Dec 19, 2008 6:06 PM
The chart only prints as dots instead of squares indicating rows?? The 4/4 ribbed cable symbol does print, however. I am using an HP model 2570 printer. Frances
jteal wrote
on Nov 4, 2008 11:30 AM

I have been knitting this and I really really like it!  I was worried about the K1,P1 too but I get into the zone and its fine.  The bobbles at the ends of the rows are a bit more difficult but they give the edge a scalloped look.  I'm using Paton Classic Merino. Its going very well.  Try it!

AnneK@2 wrote
on Oct 22, 2008 1:28 AM


Many thanks for the pattern.  Can't wait to start knitting it.

TMurr wrote
on Oct 20, 2008 3:11 AM

I finished my scarf for my mother's birthday...only a few days late.  When she saw it, she asked if I could make a hat to match!  Guess that's my next project....

TracyH wrote
on Oct 14, 2008 10:46 AM

Revising my previous comment, stick with the suggested needle size, or close to it. You will need the slack to do the twisted bobbles.

TracyH wrote
on Oct 12, 2008 12:47 PM

Has anyone tried making this yet? I am using KnitPicks' Andean Treasure (similar yardage and wt.) but can't get gauge with a needle anywhere close to that specified. I'm currently down to a size 3 and am not hopeful that this will do it.

But it is lovely!

Sheepie wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 8:19 PM


Sheepie wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 8:19 PM

I agree - a better pix would be helpful..

the measurements given are 4.5 feet by 8 inches....looks wider in pix

but I am still going to give it a try.


TMurr wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 12:49 PM

I started the scarf this weekend.  Absolutely beautiful!  The picture does not do it justice.  Thank you!



Pagequilts wrote
on Oct 3, 2008 9:14 AM

Thanks you for contributing to my growing stash of knitting projects for a winter's weekend. Keep up the good work!

Valerie P.


Laura@5 wrote
on Oct 3, 2008 7:36 AM

I'm a brand new member and I must say I'm amazed at how much griping there has been over a free pattern!  It's a scarf, says so clearly in the title -- why such a big deal over the picture, etc.?  Does knitting daily make one crabby?  Just wondering!

Thank you for the free pattern -- I think it looks lovely and will add it to my list as so many others have.

Patr Kitchen wrote
on Oct 3, 2008 2:43 AM

This is one I am really going to try, the way of making the bobbles looks very interesting.  I only wish the picture showed how long and wide.

MaryG@2 wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 6:53 AM

Amen Lynda Stonak!  What I was thinking excatly.

Sandi,  a perfect scarf at the perfect time, thank you for all your gifts.

DeeVH wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 2:24 PM

Love this scarf... bobbles and all!  I am knitting it now in a heather green for a friend as a "prayer" scarf.  It's easy to knit with a beautiful result.  Thank you!

on Oct 1, 2008 10:07 AM

Joy K.

Many thanks for the beautiful pattern - and especially for straightening out my Password problem

After reading some of the comments about using too much ink, about not liking Bobbles, etc. etc. I can't believe there are so many people out there who just can't accept a free pattern and if you don't like it - don't print it!  Thanks again.

PatriciaG@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 9:43 PM

I thank you for this, and all the free patterns that I have been previlaged to download. I also thank all the people that take the time when visiting this site for sharing their solutions and ideas. Always eye openers and new things to learn.

on Sep 30, 2008 2:50 PM

I will look forward to trying this scarf.  It is beautiful.

shing-i chen wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 9:23 AM


AngelaS wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 9:15 AM

To print the large photo as is and use less ink by using the draft setting for your printer:

Rather than just hitting the OK or Print key when the printer box comes up, click on Properties, select the Paper and Print Quality option, find the Quality option and reduce the quality to Draft.

If you want full quality, but do not wish to use so much ink, another possibility: left click on the image, hit Cntrl and C at the same time.  Then go to Word (or Paint), set to really small margins (0.5 in. works), then hit Cntrl and V at the same time, left click on your new image, then click on one of the corner markers and push in toward the center. You will now have a smaller image to print.

Then you can go back to the original pattern instructions highlight the directions and other info and instruct the computer to print only the Selection.  

AndiZ wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 10:34 PM

Thank you for the treaty treats! I'm a bobble fan, but alas, have no bobbles in my own closet. Maybe a holiday present for myself?

SaraT@2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:49 PM

While 56" of K1P1 sounds like torture, it may be worthwhile for the lovely end product.  We Shall See.  Thanks for the pattern!

DianeP@2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 7:12 AM

I also do not like bobbles so I won't be downloading this scarf.

TammyT wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 6:41 AM

Thanks for the pattern.  I don't knit or wear scarves so I probably won't make it, but it is pretty!  

on Sep 29, 2008 5:49 AM

For those of you who commented that the chart doesn't include the explanation box below the ribbed cable symbol, see the previous page (page 2 of the pattern).  I guess they moved the box to get it to fit in this format.    

ShelleyI wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 1:31 AM

I'm not usually a "bobble" person, but these aren't really bobbles--it's simple but elegant and looks very warm! Thanks for a lovely pattern.

SherrieF wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 6:32 PM

I really like the looks and the idea of learning a new stitch. Hope to get to it soon.

AnnP wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 3:44 PM

Thankyou for the scarf pattern, where can I get the machine pattern.


Elizabeth wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 11:39 AM

I love Ann Budd's patterns!  Thanks so much for this pattern.  I too thought it was a shawl until I read the posts.  Lovely pattern.

Tsvete wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 9:04 AM

That's absolutely lovely! Thank you, I'll definitely make it.

KarenG@4 wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 7:03 AM

Thank goodness that knitting isn't about the finishing as much as it is about the soothing motion of the needles and the beauty of the yarn

1985Cutlass wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 6:10 AM

I just completed the survey an downloaded & printed this pattern.  I can't wait to get started on it as I knit to releave the stress an tension of my everyday life. THANKS KD!!!!

LeeM@2 wrote
on Sep 28, 2008 1:55 AM

Thanks for the pattern. Glad to help with the survey. I enjoy being able to access the information you offer. You are a great team.


AlbionN wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 5:52 PM

Great looking pattern! I spin and weaveso knitting is not exactly my area. I think the simplicity of the pattern is wonder ful. I may not make it right away but it is definatly in my idea binder of projects to do on the next hurricane evacuation. Thanks for the GREAT pattern!

Deloe wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 3:17 PM

Thank you. The pattern is beautiful. I will add it to my list for gits.

Jen Pen wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 2:42 PM

I don't know what to say other than thanks for ALL the free patterns.  I download almost all of them as soon as I see them, so I already had this one before I took the survey.  I agree with most of the comments in one way or another.  I'm not a big fan of bobbles, but it might be the perfect gift or technique for someone else down the road.  I also agree that the picture is not the very best to showcase the scarf. Nevertheless, thank you for the free patterns and future inspiration! - Jenny

MeganMills wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 1:02 PM

Since this pattern is offered as the reward for filling out a survey to find out 'who we are' it isn't 'free'.  And since that survey included quite a few questions about what interests us I think it is fair for respondents to give feedback on the pattern offered also.  If there is negative feedback, provided it is respectful and suggests solutions to the perceived shortcomings, I would have thought that would be useful to the folk who are working hard to ensure their patterns are as appealing as possible to their customers.  Regs...  Megs

JodithK wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 1:02 PM

Very nice scarf.  It may be a Christmas gift, in a different color.  Thank you.

Mary Hansen wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 12:16 PM

Thanks for the pattern. Added it to my never ending stash of patterns.  Never know when I may need something you have given us.  Appreciate it.

StevieQ wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 11:37 AM

Thanks for a beautiful pattern!

For Sage "in rural Florida"; how about making it in bamboo, cotton, or silk?

JaneS@6 wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 11:30 AM

This yarn comes in five weights ranging from fingering to chunky - not sure which was intended in this pattern?

GeorgeneJ wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 10:59 AM

Thanks for the beautiful pattern.  I wonder if you can include more of a description of the yarn used in patterns.  Or possibly a link to a website.  Since I go to my stash first, I am constantly searching the web for  the specified yarn so I can see if I have something to substitute.

RobinA@4 wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 8:47 AM

Thank you - as always for the free patterns.  Although initially I may not find them appealling, I do save them in my ever-growing knitting patterns file. Later on (days, months, years) when I am looking for a new pattern, it may just be the one to inspire me !

Moons1295 wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 8:43 AM

Thanks for the pattern

Doris wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 8:43 AM

Thank you

tnm wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 2:23 AM

Thank you for this and all the other lovely and interesting patterns you provide for us! I will be interested to read the results of the survey!

PamelaB wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 1:29 AM

The ladies who are having trouble downloading the .pdf files might like to try clicking on "Help" in their Adobe Reader file menues and seeing if they have the latest version of the programme.  There has been a very recent update which once downloaded, might solve their problem.

Nel wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 12:13 AM

try Cat Bordhi's sock patterns. They are easy and quick AND  interesting enough to make the second sock!

JillR wrote
on Sep 27, 2008 12:04 AM

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, absolutely without doubt. On this blog I was dissed a while ago for saying I didn't like something in a gallery :(    ... BUT you don't look a gift horse in the mouth, smile nicely and say thank you very may just really love the next one!

firymist wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:58 PM

I completed the survey, but count me in the anti-bobble class!!!

JoanA wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 9:35 PM

I'm not really interested in scarf patterns - toe-up socks might have been good, as that's a technique I want to learn. Sorry, I won't bother downloading this one.

on Sep 26, 2008 9:19 PM

I love Ann Budd's designs, and this one is no exception. But Ladies--it's a free pattern.  Say "thank you". If you don't want to knit it, then don't and exit out. Jeeze!

MeganMills wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 9:18 PM

I'm with the others who want a really good picture.  A 'fashion shot' is fine but I want to see the garment, in good detail, before I bother getting it.  I don't mean such incredibly good detail that I don't need the pattern anymore - but good enough that I can appreciate what the pattern has to offer.  Regs... Megs

JudithG wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 8:58 PM

hmmm, my version of Adobe (the most current one) won't open the file, gives me an error message that the file may be corrupted or file type may not be supported.

thanks for any help you can give me with this, the scarf is lovely and I'd love to make it!



Stitcher918 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 7:29 PM

Beautiful pattern. Looks easy enough to follow. (Even for a knitting "newbie" like me!)

CassandraW wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 6:02 PM

I think it is a great picture and pattern, it is free.  I think I have yarn that will work so I am off to get it ready.

Thanks again for a great site.


on Sep 26, 2008 4:52 PM

Nice cozy looking photo shot for marketing the yarn... but it doesn't really show what the scarf looks like. I too thought it was a shawl at first glance, or is it supposed to look like a bib? The pattern photo shot is BIG and my printer doesn't offer draft mode options so I doubt I'll ever print that page out. Stitch number references added to the bottom of the chart would be nice... am I being too picky about a free pattern?

JillR wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 3:05 PM

Once you download this pattern, a lovely full screen picture will be quite clear showing edges & bobbles nicely.  To print picture without taking too much ink, set printer to 'draft' mode, for the pic. only. It will print a light,  CLEAR, DRY picture, quickly!  :-)

titch wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 2:21 PM

This is a clever little pattern which will knit up in any yarn. Thank you

SandraL wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 2:20 PM

thanks! this is gorgeous and i can't wait to make one for my niece!

Marsha W wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 2:14 PM

Thank you for the pattern. I love Ann Budd designs.Too heavy and warm for San Diego- but I look forward to seeing the results of the survey.

BarbaraB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:56 PM

I haven't downloaded any patterns recently but might like to try this one.  As an overseas member of knitting daily, we don't have skeins of yarn over here. We buy yarn in 25 gm, 50 gm. 100 gm and 200 gm balls.   What is a skein's equivalent?

Pam@3 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:46 PM

Thank you...

Pam@3 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:44 PM

Perfect Christmas gift!

Maezing wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:22 PM

And by the way...she is resting in a rocking chair, made in Costa Rica or I'll eat my hat! Can tell them a mile away, wonderful rockers. Thanks for the beautiful scarf pattern! My blog about living in Costa Rica is:

JaneM wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:20 PM

Great look. Can't wait to get started, thank you once again

xteech37 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:19 PM

I forgot to put on my survey that front AND back views of patterns would be appreciated very much.  Also dark-colored yarn makes the stitch pattern hard to see.  Thank you for offering this free pattern but I don't really care for it. It would have been helpful to see a photo of the model wearing it a different way--more like a scarf, than a shawl maybe.

AnneT wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:02 PM

For those who wanted a bigger photo, if you choose " download"  , the picture there is very big and clearly shows the pattern. And yes, I can see why this would take a huge amount of ink. Anyway, it is a great looking scarf.

Katee@2 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:59 PM

Thank you! Katee N Tx

LeslieB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:50 PM

I really like this one, I will make one I'm sure, but it would have to be in a non-wool fiber as my DD is allergic.  That will be fun tho, to find something that else that will work...

Katee@2 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:49 PM

Thank you very much, this will make a nice CHRISTmas gift for someone on my list, Im sure. Katee N Tx

JAGsHunny71 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:31 PM

Gorgeous! Thank you so much! :)

MeriT wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:28 PM

I don't have the box below the graph either.  Are there no written directions?  Just a graph to work from?  Oooh I hope not!

dot wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:25 PM

This scarf looks great!!  I am adding it to my list of Christmas gifts to make.  Thank you for sharing it with us.


JudiA wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:24 PM

Thanks for the pattern.  I am totally NOT a scarf person but maybe my daughter will like to try making it.

ChristineN wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:24 PM

I agree that I wish the photo was a little larger to show the detail better, but it still looks interesting enough.  Thank you.

Now, do I give it away or keep it?????

barbara@3 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:15 PM

I will be doing this for a friend for christmas Thanks

Sage wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:15 PM

I live in rural Florida.  So, not really appealing for me.

liloo wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:12 PM

Tanks very much

LiseG wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:11 PM

What a fun, challenging scarf this is. I've never thought to twist the cable stitches like that before. Ann Budd has some of the greatest patterns to knit. Thanks so much!

EssieB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:01 PM

I completed the survey, but I do NOT like bobbles.  

MeriT wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 12:00 PM

I love it.  Thats a classy looking scarf.  I, too, thought it was a shawl at first.  Gotta check my stash!

JoyB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:56 AM

I also thought it was a shawl. Great idea to have larger photos or a "click to enlarge" button. Also multiple views would be good to. Thanks for another lovely pattern, this should work up quickly.

JennetteS wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:30 AM

On the page of the 'faux bobble', the botton has the symbol and says "twisted 4/4 ribbed cable (see box below)" -- the pdf-file I have does NOT have a box below to view -- thus, I am not sure exactly how the 'twist' works.  Please help as I'd love to make this for my mom.  Thanks!

Callmemomes wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:27 AM

Despite the title, I too first thought this was some kind of shawl - the way it's draped in the photo hides the edges well enough to make the actual shape difficult to distinguish.  Another photo, or just a different photo, would have helped. I like the look of this, as best I can tell, and hope to make time to try it.

Maryjvss wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:26 AM

Perhaps I missed it on the survey but then again, perhaps it was not asked:  I would appreciate better photos of the knitting prokects with the capacity to enlarge the pictures to get a better idea of the project.

MarilynL wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:14 AM

I didn't print the picture because of the amount of ink it takes.  Would like to see patterns like this laid out instead of on a model and maybe a small picture of it.

Peggan wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:09 AM

Thank you for this pattern. It sounds beautiful but can't really tell from the photo--first thought it was some kind of neck/shoulder shawl.  But the description cleared that up.  I like trying new things and this will be fun.

Gaile wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:08 AM

Very pretty design.

LynW wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:05 AM

I think the design is lovely.  Thank you for offering it to us for free.  I appreciate the fact that Knitting Daily offers free patterns.  

Lyn Wilson

MelissaP@2 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 11:02 AM

Thanks for the pattern..I wish there were better pictures of the scarf, but looks interesting enough.  Added to my queue.

MWilser wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:53 AM

Photo is toooo small to really _see_ the project. No matter how free, if I can't see it, I won't DL it.

KaarenB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:52 AM

I can't get a good idea of what the project looks like because the photo obscures the pattern/design.

CarolJ wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:38 AM

Looks interesting, will put this on my list of "todo".  I recently worked with the Louet Gems and loved the yarn.CarolJ

Galeoreo wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:35 AM

Very different and interesting design.   Thank you.

AudreyA@2 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:34 AM

Thanks for the lovely pattern. I may know just the person who should receive this for Christmas. Or, I may just make it for me!

AngieW wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:33 AM

Very pretty scarf - will add to my list of 'to-dos'!

GingerB wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:32 AM

Re: Bobble Scarf

I am so excited to see this pattern.  Can't wait to knit it, think it may go to my mom, who enjoys getting my hand knitted items.  Thanks.

KarynD wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:29 AM

Inspiring weekend project, even have green yarn ready... color is so inspirational, so much for house cleaning this weekend.  I can think of several people who would love this as a gift.  Thanks

HollyW wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:22 AM

Thank you.

Anonymous wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:21 AM

Grrr! I went clear through the survey, and I'm properly signed in, but the pattern will not download for me. This is a first for me, and it's definitely annoying. Wish I'd thought to grumble about this system on the survey. :o*

Ozweaver wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:09 AM

Very pretty!  Will enjoy knitting this sometime!

Lily1214 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 10:04 AM

I've seen a bobble scarf and liked it a lot but could not figure out how to make the bobbles look correct.  Thanks much for this pattern; I'm ready for it.

JeanneS wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 9:44 AM

We do need to have a goog photo of the scarf, but this one took too much ink when I printed it!

ElizabethP@4 wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 9:43 AM

Thanks very much, looking forward to knitting this.  It is striking.