Inspired by the traditions of the Aran Islands, our Honeycomb Wrap hones in on one of the most common stitch patterns of the style. This simple cable stitch pattern creates a distinctive texture, deep with associations and beauty.
And in a wonderful melding of cultures, we knit up our Aran-style wrap in our Peruvian Good Wool, straight from the Andean highlands. It is just as good as its Irish cousins at creating well-defined stitches and textures, and it also happens to be soft, lofty, and super affordable!
We used Heirloom White to pay homage to traditional fishermen sweaters and to the knitters who made them, but we’re pretty sure they’d be honored to see this Honeycomb Wrap in Good Wool’s other beautiful undyed colors, too!
As mesmerizing to look at as it is to knit, this pattern moves right past the cast on into the little, deep pockets that form the all-over comb motif. It’s the kind of knitting that is at once enthralling and calming. And in the end, you’ll have knit a scarf just as heirloom-worthy as what inspired it!
Designed for Purl Soho by Jamila Modeste.
- 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Good Wool, 100% undyed Andean Highland wool. We used Heirloom White.
- US 5, 24-inch circular needles
- US 6, 24-inch circular needles
- A cable stitch holder
36 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in cable pattern
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 15 inches wide x 64 inches long
Slip all stitches purlwise.
C4F: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
C4B: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
Our Cable Tutorial shows you the basic steps of working a cable. The cable in the tutorial requires you to slip 3 stitches instead of 2, but the concept is the same!
This pattern is worked over a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 4.
With the smaller needles and using a Long Tail Cast On, cast on 140 stitches.
Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 2 with yarn in front (wyif), purl to end of row.
Change to larger needles…
Row 1 (right side): Slip 2 with yarn in back (wyib), *C4B (see Notes), C4F (see Notes), repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 2 wyif, purl to end of row.
Row 3: Slip 2 wyib, knit to end of row.
Row 4: Slip 2 wyif), purl to end of row.
Row 5: Slip 2 wyib, *C4F, C4B, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 6: Slip 2 wyif, purl to end of row.
Row 7: Slip 2 wyib, knit to end of row.
Row 8: Slip 2 wyif, purl to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1-8 until piece measures about 67 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 5.
Change to smaller needles…
Next Row (wrong side): Slip 2 wyif, purl to end of row.
Bind off knitwise.
Weave in ends and wet block, laying flat to dry.