Knitty: little purls of wisdom
beauty shot by Signe S. Simonsen


Palisander is a reversible, textured scarf inspired by the deep, rich colors and beautiful grain lines of antique wooden furniture. Palisander is the name used in Denmark for Rosewood.

Along the length of the scarf run winding cables on one side and on the other it is covered in gnarly shapes. 

The scarf is both wide and long, so as perfectly to ward off the frosty bite of winter, covering both ears and nose if necessary. In milder weather it can serve as a decorative little shoulder wrap.

spacer model: Sophie Russell spacer photos: Signe S. Simonsen



Width: 11 inches
Length: 64 inches



spacer Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca/Silk Sport/DK [80% superfine alpaca, 20% silk; 280yd/256m per 100g skein]; color: Midnight; 3 skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 set US #4/3.5 mm straight needles
spacer 1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer

spacer 2 cable needles
spacer Yarn needle



25 sts/30 rows = 4" in stockinette st

28.5 sts/37 rows = 4" in chart pattern

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit next st, then pass both slipped sts together over st just knit. This forms a centered double decrease.

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Use the right needle to pick up the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. Place it on the left needle, then knit into it. 1 stitch has been increased.

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Use the left needle to pick up the stitch 2 rows below the last stitch on the right needle. Knit into this stitch. 1 stitch has been increased.
(In this pattern, you will be working both a RLI increase and a LLI increase in the same stitch.)

C7F: Sl 3 sts to first cable needle and hold to front of work; sl next st to second cable needle and hold to back of work; k3 from left needle, p1 from second cable needle, k3 from first cable needle.

C7B: Sl 3 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; cross cable needle in front of sts on left needle and sl next st on left needle (a purl st) to right end of cable needle, hold cable needle to back of work; k3 from left needle, [p1, k3] from cable needle.

The charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on a letter-sized page.
Click below and print each resulting page.

Charts A + CChart B

CO 95 sts.
Set-up Row [WS]: K4, p7, [k3, p7] to last 4 sts, k4.

Work Rows 1-14 of Chart A. Outlined pattern repeat section is worked four times in each row.

Work Rows 1-72 of Chart B six times.

Work Rows 1-27 of Chart C. Outlined pattern repeat section is worked twice in each row.

BO all sts.

Weave in ends. Block scarf, stretching slightly to open up stitch pattern. Do not overblock; be sure not to flatten cables.


designernamespacer Signe (pronounced [‘si nø]) lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She has only been knitting for 3 years, and started because a friend told her it wasn’t hard at all. With the help of online videos, it turned out it really wasn’t.

Signe is left handed, and knits mirror reversed of right handed knitters. Once she realized this (thanks to a wonderful thread on Ravelry) and learned to make adjustments when reading patterns, the last pieces fell into place.
Since then knitting has become way of life more than a mere pastime.

Signe can be found on Ravelry as Signest and on her blog.