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Cable Scarf Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Cable Scarf Knitting Pattern

There is also a matching hat and fingerless mittens pattern available.

Knit with one skein of a very soft merino wool, this cable scarf can be tucked around your neck under your coat. For a longer scarf, purchase additional yarn.

Cable scarves will naturally fold over at the point where the edging ends, much like Stockinette St rolls. You will need to block this scarf if this bothers you. Be sure you knit with a natural fiber, as acrylics or yarns with high acrylic content do not block well. Even after blocking, you may find it still folds over. If this occurs, work a round of single crochet around the entire scarf.

6" wide x 39" long

18½ sts=4" in St st

Size 9 US needles (5.5 mm) or size to obtain gauge
Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool by Malabrigo Yarn
One ball Color #28 Blue Surf
216 yards/100 grams
100% merino wool
Blunt large eye tapestry needle
Cable needle
Crochet hook (optional)

Cable Scarf Knitting Pattern Instructions
Pattern Stitches:
Seed Stitch
Row 1: *k1, p1; rep from *
Row 2: *p1, k1; rep from *
Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Criss Cross Cable With Twists
Rows 1 (RS), 5: p2, c4f, p4, c4f, p2
Rows 2, 4, 6, 11, 15, 19, 24: k2, p4, k4, p4, k2
Rows 3, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22: p2, k4, p4, k4, p2
Row 7: (t4b, t4f) twice
Rows 9, 13, 17, 21: k2, p4, c4f, p4, k2
Row 23: (t4f, t4b) twice
Rep Rows 1-24.

c4f=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn
t4b=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, p2 from cn
t4f=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p2 from left needle, k2 from cn

CO 32 sts.
Work Seed Stitch 4 rows.
Keeping first and last 4 sts of every row in Seed Stitch (knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts as they face you) and working 4 sts on each side of cable in Rev St st, begin Criss Cross Cable With Twists over center 16 sts.
This is how the first two rows are set up:
Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) twice, p4, row 1 of cable over next 16 sts, p4, (k1, p1) twice
Row 2 (WS): (p1, k1) twice, k4, row 2 of cable over next 16 sts, k4, (p1, k1) twice
Rep until desired length. End with Row 2 of cable pattern completed.
Work Seed Stitch 4 rows.

Block well.
If edges still fold over, work one round of single crochet around entire scarf.
Weave in ends on WS.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

Corrections made Jan 29, 2008

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.

Also see Knit A Bit, for patterns by Barbara Breiter