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Free Cable Knit scarf pattern

Updated on June 4, 2014

Step by step instructions on how to knit this beautiful scarf.

Knitting scarves is a lot of fun. It doesn't take a lot of yarn and you don't have to be a master knitter to get great results. I love knitting in the fall while watching TV.

When I wanted to knit a cable scarf, I couldn't find a nice simple pattern. They were way to complicated and most of them were too wide. So I designed this one. Cable knitting isn't hard at all once you know how to do it. Yet it can give the simplest project a very expensive look.

Things you'll need

To do cable knitting you'll need these items.

Needles - That goes without saying. I'll give you the needle sizes when we get started.

Row Counter - This is a very important tool. As you knit, you'll need to keep track of the row number so you know when to do the cable. It's a very handy item that slips right on your needles.


Cable needle - This is a small double pointed needle to keep the slipped stitches safe until you need them. A safety pin won't work because it needs to be "open" at both ends.

That's all you need besides your yarn of course. So Let's get started.

Symbols

K = knit

P = purl

sl = slip the stitches onto the cable needle

BO = Bind off

That's all you need to know for this pattern.

Cast on

The best method I've found

I've tried various methods of casting on the stitches and found this one to be the easiest and give the nicest edge. It also eliminates the guesswork on how much yarn to start with.

1. Create a slipknot on your left needle.

2. Knit into the slip knot.

3. Place the new stitch onto left needle. You now have two stitches on the left needle

4. Knit into the gap in between the two stitches on left needle.

5. Place the stitch onto left needle. You now have three stitches on the left needle

6. Knit between the last two stitches and place it on the left needle.

7. Repeat this step until the number of stitches required are on your left needle.

7. Now, begin knitting normally

The Pattern

It's time to get started.

Needles - size 8

Yarn - I used 2 balls of Lions Brand worsted weight yarn Use a solid light color yarn so the cable shows well. There are a lot of beautiful variegated yarns, but the cable won't show up as well.

Gage - None. This pattern can be any size you like.

Cast on 38 stitches.

Row 1 - K2, P2 to end

Row 2 - P2, K2 to end

repeat until you have 2"

Pattern

Row 1 - K6,P2,K6,P2,K6,P2,K6,P2,K6

Row 2 - P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6

Row 3 - repeat row 1

Row 4 - repeat row 2

Row 5 - K6,P2,sl 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, K3, knit the three stitches from the cable needle, P2, K6, P2, sl 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, K3, knit the three stitches from the cable needle, P2, K6

Row 6 - repeat row 2.

That's the whole pattern. Now you just repeat the pattern until you have the length scarf you want. Then:

K2, P2 to end

P2, K2 to end

repeat until you have 2"

Cast Off Method

K2, BO 1, *P1, BO 1, P1, BO 1, K1, BO 1, K1 BO 1, repeat from * until end

Knit 2 stitches. Put the left handle needle into the first stitch you knitted on the right hand needle and lift it over the 2nd stitch and off the needle. You have bound off 1 stitch.

Purl 1 stitch to keep the rib pattern. Bind off 1 stitch as before.

Purl 1 stitch. Bind off 1 stitch.

Knit 1 stitch to keep the rib pattern correct. Bind off 1 stitch.

Continue until all the stitches are bound off.

Using bulkier yarn

When using a 5 bulky yarn.

Use size 10 needles and use the pattern below

Pattern

Cast on 38 stitches.

K2,P2 for 2"

Row 1- K6,P2,K6,P2,K6,P2,K6,P2,K6

Row 2 - P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6

Row 3 - repeat row 1

Row 4 - repeat row 2

Row 5 - repeat row 1

Row 6 - repeat row 2

Row 7 - K6,P2,sl 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, K3, knit the three stitches from the cable needle, P2, K6, P2, sl 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, K3, knit the three stitches from the cable needle, P2, K6

Row 8 - repeat row 2.

With the bulkier yarn, you need to add the extra two rows to stretch the cable out a bit to make the bulkier yarn sit smoother.

I tried doing 3 cables with the bulkier yarn but I found it to be just a bit too heavy.

Variations

Now that you're comfortable with doing cable knit, you can start getting creative. Here are a few variations you can do.

1. Instead of doing the middle row just knit/purl, cable knit that section as well to make 3 cables. You can make all the cables go the same way by holding all the sl 3 stitches to the front.

2. Decrease the number of stitches and do the center panel with only 2 stitches instead of 6.

3. Do the center panel with another pattern

Seed Stitch

Row 1 = K1,P1

Row 2 = P1,K1



The Double Moss Stitch

Row 1 = Knit two, purl two across.

Row 2 = Knit two, purl two across.

Row 3 = Purl two, knit two across.

Row 4 = Purl two, knit two across.



The possibilities are endless. Be sure to choose a stitch that looks good on both sides.

A followers Scarf

Here is a scarf done by a loyal follower, Siu Yan from Ohio. She made this for her toddler so she only used 1 skein of yarn and made the center section narrower. Thanks Siu Yan for your pictures. A great job.

Siu Yan also made this scarf for herself. She added a fringe at the bottom. A nice touch. The cable is more subtle because the yarn is variegated.








"Thanks for allowing me to share. It has been fun!! I had been wanting to do a cable scarf for awhile but didn't like some of the crazy patterns or website that I kept on seeing. Your pattern really helped keep it simple .

Your very welcome Siu, I'm glad you enjoyed this easy pattern.

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      cindy-monti1 3 years ago

      Thank you! I wanted to try cables and your scarf is simple and lovely, very approachable. Much appreciation...

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I've got to give this a try. I've been dying to knit something but I'm intimidated by the process. I'm just going to do it!! Thanks!

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Your Message Subject or TitleIâm so glad this pattern was easy for your to follow. Iâd love to see your final scarf.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is an excellent pattern especially for someone like me, a beginning knitter. You solved the mystery of the cable stitch for me.

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      I will have to try your cast on method as I tend to knit tightly also. Love knitting, soon as the cool weather comes, out come the needles.

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: I had the same problem and found the cast on stitches had no give. I love this method. It's easy too. I'm glad you found this method to your liking as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This method of casting on your stitches is the most beautiful I have tried! I tend to knit a little tightly, and my cast-on row turns out to be tighter than the rest of the knitting. This one is as even as the knitting - no pinched-up row at the bottom. Thanks SO much for sharing!

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      @jewele48: Yes. I think because the piece is so much larger, then to balance it out, the K2, P2 boarders should be too. It's up to you. Maybe 3" would be enough. I just think a 2" boarder (K2, P2) would look a bit too small.

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      jewele48 4 years ago

      @jewele48: Thank you so much for your response. I totally understood everything up to the point where you said you would double the rows of K2 P2 - are you saying that you would do a minimum of 4" instead of the 2" as we did in the scarf? I will definitely send a picture although it might take awhile to get it done lol.

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      jewele48 4 years ago

      My scarf came out really great and I would love to use this pattern to make an afghan (in one piece) but can't figure out how many stitches to cast on and how I would do the pattern. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: yes that absolutely helps - thanks so very much

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: After you finish row 6, you start all over again with row 1. So your pattern is rows 1-6, then 1-6 again and again. Does that help?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a question regarding the pattern. After you do row 6 - do you go back to row 1 to restart the pattern or since row 6 is the same as row 2 - do you then go to row 3 or start the whole pattern over from row 1. Hope that made some kind of sense. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a question regarding the pattern. After you do row 6 - do you go back to row 1 to restart the pattern or since row 6 is the same as row 2 - do you then go to row 3 or start the whole pattern over from row 1. Hope that made some kind of sense. Thank you.

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: You are so very welcome. I'm glad you are finding this pattern to be not only simple, but very elegant as well. I'd love to see your final scarf.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been looking for about a month for a very simple Cable Knitted Scarf (I am a beginner so the more simple the better) and this is turning out exquisite. I just got a "gorgeous" comment from my good friend who has been knitting for 20+ years. I cannot tell you how wonderful this pattern is. Thank you a million times. PEACE!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been looking for about a month for a very simple Cable Knitted Scarf (I am a beginner so the more simple the better) and this is turning out exquisite. I just got a "gorgeous" comment from my good friend who has been knitting for 20+ years. I cannot tell you how wonderful this pattern is. Thank you a million times. PEACE!

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      carolweez 4 years ago

      My grandmother was a knitting wizard. I am bookmarking this lens so hopefully I can learn it too. It is such a relaxing hobby for those in the know. Great lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the pattern, going to make a scarf for my son. Will let you know how ti goes

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Woe ! Fantastic lens ! thanks.

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: This means that the scarf used 2 balls to complete using only one strand. Worsted weight is what the yarn is called. It's a nice medium size yarn that usually uses size 8 needles. 18 stitches and 24 rows should make a 4" square. Bulky weight is the size of two strands of worsted weight. It's used mostly for light to medium weight garments like cardigans, mittens, caps and such. But, don't worry so much about all that, this pattern lends itself to just about anything. If you like a heavier, bulkier scarf, just up the needle size a couple sizes and use a nice thick yarn. It's all a matter of what you like. The worsted weight is a good place to start for the first one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Only question I have: how did you keep it from curling? It has so much knitting on the edges that it really curls. I blocked it but not sure it will help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great pattern! You say you use "2 balls of Lion Brand worsted weight" Do you mean 2 balls at once, like two strands held together, or do you mean 2 balls in total to complete the scarf. If it is the latter, two balls total, then two balls of what size? like two 1.5 ounce balls, or two 3 ounce balls? . The more important question, though, is it single strand or double strand throughout? Thanks.

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: What a great idea. I've never tried that before. I'll have to give it a go with my next scarf. How many stitches do you recommend for each edge?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Peggy! I loved this pattern and have used it loads of times in lots of different projects - it's fabulous. If you really dislike the curling, seed stitch along the edges works really well.

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: You're right it will curl. There isn't much you can do about that except block it. But, because it's a scarf and will be twisted around your neck, it doesn't seem to matter much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: Will do!

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Figure out how far over you want the cable to be. Maybe 1-1/2" would be nice.Then count over the number of stitches it would take to make up that many inches. In order for the cable to stand out from the stockinette stitching, be sure to add two purl stitches before and after the cable, then knit these two before and two after on the purl row. Another way to go about this would be to just start knitting and when you think this is a good place to start the cable, go for it. It's all good no matter how you do it. I would love to see the your finished scarf.

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you found this pattern easy to do. I'd love to see a picture when you finish it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How would I alter your pattern so there is only one cable along the side and the rest of the scarf is stockinette?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this pattern, it's very easy! I've had bad luck with free internet patterns, lots of mistakes or "author assumptions" made, makes it frustrating! But yours is perfectly clear, I'm already halfway through. Thanks again!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Very USEFUL Lens!

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Oh, I'm so glad you are starting off with this simple project. It's perfect for beginners and pros as well. You cast on the stitches, k2, p2 for 2" then start with row 1 through row 6. You keep repeating row 1-6 for as long as you want to make your scarf. Then you k2, p2 for 2" and you're done. I hope this helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do you start from the beginning of row 2 of from row 6 down to eight? sorry first time duging this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: awesome, thanks so much!

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      Kathie Miller 5 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: You have to have 6 stitches for the cables, but by reducing the number of stitches in between should be fine. You might try one cable down the middle and equal stitches on either side. Try writing out the various stitches as I have above, then see how you can reduce them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi question! i'd love to do this for a scarf about 8 inches wide. is there an easy way to convert the pattern to a lower number of stitches? thank you!!

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: The great thing about this pattern is you can do what ever you like. I would suggest using the size 10 needles and just do straight stocking stitch for about 2 - 3 inches. Cast on maybe 20 stitches and just knit the first row, purl the second. I know it's boring, but it will show you if the #10 needles are going to work with the yarn. If it's just too tight (too bulky), then try #12 needles. Once you have the combination you like then you can jump in and start the scarf. Be sure to use the pattern for bulky yarn. The extra rows gives the heavier yarn more room to "twist" into the cables. Have fun, and let us know how it turns out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, I am a very inexperienced knitter. I would like to knit this in a soft chunky knit a bit like the lady Siu's. If I was knitting in what is termed a "chunky" wool would I use the size 10 needles? I have done cable before but with double knit. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: Wow. I don't know what was going on last night. I counted and recounted and somehow I only got to 37 stitches in that row and now I just counted again and got 38. My mind must have been somewhere else last night. :) Thank you and sorry for the trouble.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: It can be a little confusing at first. I had a look and it is correct, there are 38 stitches. You should not loose any stitches throughout the entire scarf. I'm not sure where you are losing your stitches except maybe when you slip the 3 stitches off and hold them in front (or back) knit the next 3 stitches then knit the three that you slipped off. You might be dropping a stitch at this point. The 5th row is exactly the same as the first row.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I just realized I meant the 5th row - oops!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi sorry to bother you. I am doing fine reading your instructions, but it seems that in the seventh row of the pattern, you lose a stitch. I counted it out and if you add up all the stitches in the instructions, you only get to 37. Am I doing something wrong? Sorry if this is a silly question and I'm just completely missing something!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi there! I've started knitting this scarf for my daughter's first year at school, it is going well so far and she really loves it! Thanks you so much for the pattern!

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      What a great idea. I never thought about making scarves for troops. Do you have a link or address to send them to? If we all make one scarf, wow, that would be a lot for your to send. Let's see your finished scarves and let us know how many you get to send.

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      Love your pattern; I'm going to see if I can work some up for the Scarves For Troops I'm doing this year, sponsored by Operation Gratitude. Thanks for a lovely yet easy pattern! Lensrolled to my Learn To Knit On YouTube page

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Being self taught is a remarkable thing. I enjoyed your lens. Blessed and featured on my angel lens.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @nifemy: Oh, I'm so glad you found this lens. It's a perfect beginners pattern. As far as the number of balls you will need, I have no idea. Sorry, there are so many variables that it's impossible for me to judge how many will be necessary. It depends on the size of your needles, how loose or tight you knit, how long you want it. If you aren't sure if you'll have enough, I would suggest you order a couple more. If you find that the two balls were enough, you have two more to make a gift for someone. I would love to see the scarf when you finish it and let us all know how many balls it ended up using.

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      nifemy 6 years ago

      hi!

      I'm so excited to find this. I'm a beginner knitter and I'm knitting my first scarf but really wanted to cable.I started today and it's looking beautiful. I wanted to make sure that I have enough yarn. I have two balls. they are 125 yrds of Plymouth yarn baby Alpaca (super soft! love it) and was wondering if I'll need more. Please let me know so I can order more if I need it.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: I am so glad you found this pattern easy and fun to do. You're right about this one being very versatile and fun to create different looks just by adding or changing the stitches. It's a great pattern for beginners because it give you the confidence to try new stitches. I would love to see your scarves and If you want I will put them up for all to see.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear Buteoflyer,

      I have just tried this scarf as a 'Learn to Cable' thing but it is such a great pattern - so versatile - I may have to try another. I'm interested in doing the three cables all facing the same way. I had looked for a while for a simple cable knit scarf and was so relieved to find the clear instructions on your page and the variations for creativity. This whole page is so helpful to a new knitter, especially one as nervous as I was about the complex look of cables.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Blocking does help. But with a scarf, it's scrunched up around your neck anyway and won't really matter.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: I have just finished this scarf ... n it is lovely .. just one question though .... the sides of the scarf r kind of twisted ... how should i finish it .. like any blocking thing has to be done or no ...??

      otherwise it was a wonderful pattern .. thanks :-)

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Yep, you are absolutely right. I will change that to make it more clear. I should read like this:

      row 1 - K2, P2 to end

      row 2 - P2, K2 to end

      continue until you have 2"

      Thanks for pointing that out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have tried the first part where you say to K2, P2 for 2 inches and I think you meant that you alternate like this: row 1 - K2, P2 (which is the right side); then row 2 - P2, K2 (wrong side). This gives you a ribbed stitch. If you always do K2, P2, you get a seed stitch. From the photo it looks like yours is a ribbed stitch.

      Hope this helps!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Thanks for this freebie! Knitting is an amazing art.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: You got it right. This will make the cables twist in opposite directions. If you feel it looks funny, you can always do them the same. It really doesn't matter that much. Since I don't know what it looks like or how far you've knitted, why not keep going. You might find that after doing several cables, it will start to look right. Just remember when you are placing the 3 stitches onto the cable needle, you must do them both on the same row.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi i am new to knitting .. i followed you pattern n i have notice that one cable is just perfect while the other one seems to be incomplete ...... let me check again ... in row 5 for the first cable you slip the stitches on the cable hook and keep in in front of the work and in the other cable of the same row you slip the stitches on cable hook and keep it at the back of the work ... m i understanding it correct ... i will appreciate your help ... thanks

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: The finished scarf is about 5" wide and there are about 5 stitches to the inch. So I would add 16 more stitches. Make sure you have an even number of stitches. As far as the pattern goes, you can add some to each knit-purl section and leave the cable the size it is, or add some to every section and make the cable a couple of stitches wider. You can even add a third cable since each cable is only 6 stitches wide. You might want to add a couple extra rows as in the heavy weight yarn because the cables will be a little wider. This is such an easy pattern, you can play with it anyway you want and come out with something that is uniquely your own. Let me know how it turns out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How wide was the scarf you knitted casting on 38 stitches. My daughter wants one to be 8" wide. How many more stitches would I need and how would I change the pattern to accommodate that many?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: Hello.

      Thanks for the help. Just got the yarn today.... can not wait to start.

      Donna

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Because this is a scarf, it doesn't have to be any size at all. The gauge doesn't really apply here. What ever yarn you plan on using, you might try to do a few rows of just the cable to see how it looks. Heavier weights will need a few more lines to "stretch" the cables out some so they lay flatter. Notice the difference between the worsted weight and the bulky weight yarns. The bulky weight yarn has a couple more rows added. The fun thing about scarves, is that you can do anything you like and do whatever appeals to you. Just have fun with it and try making several in different weight yarns.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi.

      I am new to knitting and wondered what the gauge I should work with for this scarf. I do not plan to use Lions Brand yarn. Thanks for your help.

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @Tsballard: Welcome to the wonderful world of knitting. The K2, P2 is for 2". This means your first row is K2, P2 all the way across. Then your second row is P2, K2 all the way across. You do these two rows until your scarf is 2" long. Be sure to match the K2, P2 with it's opposite on the next row. Row 1: K2, P2 all the way and turn. Row 2: where ever you K2 on the previous row, you P2 on this row. If you don't you will end up with what is called a seed stitch, which can look kind of nice too, but for your first project keep it the way I described. I hope I didn't just muddy up the waters even more.

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      Tsballard 6 years ago

      Hello I just learned to knit. I know how to purl and knit. Reading the pattern is a little hard right now. I love this scarf and I want to made it. Do k2, p2 for 2, mean do this for 2 rows?

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      Kathie Miller 6 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: There are actually 4 rows between each cable. Row 1 and 2, then repeat row 1 and 2. If you find the cable to be too tight, add two more rows (row 1 and 2) and see if that helps. The bulkier the yarn, the more rows between each cable. You can actually add more and make the cables longer. It's whatever pleases you. Hope that helps.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Shouldn't there be more rows in between the cables? When worked according to pattern, there are only 3 rows between cables?? They just seem to be so scrunched up...and the photo shows about 6 rows between cables, doesn't it?

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: thanks so much for the quick reply! If that photo is really the extent of the curling, I'm sure I'll be really happy with it. My last scarf was all STst with a small garter stitch border that the pattern said would alleviate the curling. Boy did that pattern exaggerate! On the up side though, I'm learning ALL about blocking. There's always something new to learn when things don't go as planned.

      Thanks again for posting the pattern!

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      Kathie Miller 7 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: You will find this scarf to be very easy to do. As far as the curling, yes, it will curl. But when it comes to scarves, that's OK. One trick I do sometimes is the first two stitches, do the opposite of the rest. That is, when you are on the knit side, purl the first two stitches and when you are on the purl side, knit the first two stitches. This makes the edge a more "polished" I guess you could say. It doesn't really help with the curling though. Having said all that, the purls and cables in the center do help with the curling some, but it will never lay completely flat. Again, with a scarf, it doesn't matter. The photo of the completed scarf at the very top of this lens shows the amount of curl. Good luck with your project.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what a pretty scarf and straightforward instructions! As a new-ish knitter, I'm eager to try this however that last scarf I knitted in stockinette curled like crazy. does the ribbing/cabling help it keep its structure, or does this scarf want to curl in at the edges as well? Everything I've read has been pretty clear in saying not to knit anything that you want to lie flat in STst.

      I know this is an oldish post, hopefully though I'll get some input on whether I should try this pattern with the hopes that it might not curl up.

      Thanks!

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      Julia Wildman 7 years ago

      great lens - will be adding this scarf to my 'to do' list

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've started this pattern and followed the instructions but it does not look like the picture?

      Shouldn't the first two inches be k2 p2, for the first row then p2,k2 for the second row as that would give the ribbed look in the picture ... Thank you :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was so happy to find this! I've been knitting for over 40 years and have never tried cables. You have opened the door for me to try it with a nice easy project - Thank you!

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      MerryChicky 7 years ago

      A great intro to knitting cables - 5*s!

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      Kathie Miller 7 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Thats wonderful. Take a picture of it and post it. I really want to see everyone's scarves.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome scarf...I never ever made cables before, your instructions were wonderful and I am now a proud owner of a beautiful scarf

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks so much, you explained it very well.. now I just need to buy the cable needle to get started.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for this pattern! I'm going to get started right away :)

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to hilary] Woo Hoo! You go girl :-D Show us when your done.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      you rule, i've never done cables before but this pattern makes it so simple that i'm actually doing it as i write this! (well i put the knitting down for a second to write this). THANK YOU! fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to buteoflyer] Hello! again thank you, I'm going to start on it tonight, I'm a slow knitter, so it will take me some time to get back to you after it is done, thank you again, for sharing your talent with me.

      Best Regards

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to gna] The cable is on both sides, however, the "right" side will be a smooth knit and the "wrong" side will be all purl and have a bit more of a textured look. Good luck with your scarf. I'd love to see it. Take a picture and post a link to it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, again! to be honest with you I never thought you would answer me, thank you for answering me, I understand now, pattern. Since I wrote you last night I studied cable stcs. so now it is more clear to me. As I look at your scarf I can hardly wait to make one for myself,. One more question are the cables on both sides?

      thank you again

      Best regards

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to gna] After you do row 6 (which is the same as row 2) you start over again. So you would then do row 1, 2, 3 etc. The pattern is 1-6, 1-6, 1-6 etc. I hope that helps.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, in the first pattern you said row 6: repeat row 2: now what?? do I do 3, 4, 5, etc. I have never done cable stcs. before. just learning your scarf is just beautiful.

      Best Regards

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to erin] I' so glad I cleared that up. I was afraid I was making things worse. It was a very late night when I replied and realized that I was just confusing the issue more by mixing up the regular pattern with the bulky knit pattern. I'm glad you managed to make sense of my blabbering. I would really like to see your piece when your finished.

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to carrie] The first cable of the row is always held to front and the second in the row is always held to the back. This will make the cable twist in the same direction each time. It's actually not necessary to do the first one to the front and the second one to the back. You can have it go either direction. But once you start one way, you must continue doing it that way through out the whole piece. If you change it the next time, you won't get the twist look.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to buteoflyer]

      oh! i get it now! thank you so much for your help.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to buteoflyer] when doing the cable stitches, do you alternate the cable needle to the front and back every time you do the cable knitting, or do you keep the cable needle on the front every time or the back every time.

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to katie] Lets see if I can make this a bit more clear for you. Each row is knit 6, purl 6 ... etc or Purl 6, knit 6... etc. Only row 7 is the actual cable row. Only in row 5 do you use the cable needles and slip the 3 stitches off, knit the next 3 stitches then knit the three on the cable needle. The slipping off of the 3 stitches is done twice in this row. The first time, you hold the three stitches to the front, the second time you hold the stitches to the back. This will give the two cables the opposite twist directions. When you finish row 5, you do one more row of just knit 6, purl 6....(row 6) and you have finished one pattern. You then start with row one again. Does that help? Don't forget to count each row as you finish them to keep track when you are on the 7th row and need to do the cable.

      A NOTE TO ERIN - I was looking at the bulky yarn pattern I meant to say When you get to row 6, you have completed one pattern. And you just keep repeating the 6 rows.

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to erin] I can see how this can be a bit confusing. If you follow each row just as it's stated, you will be just fine. When you get to row 8, you have finished one set of the "design". You then start with row 1 again. You just keep repeating the 8 rows as long as you want. I hope that helps.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i tried to knit this pattern. i thought the directions were simple and made sense, but when do the cable knitting instead of looking like 2 cables twisted together, it only looks like one cable. i saw another comment asking if you should switch from back to front every time you do the cable stitches, but there was no reply to it. is that what you should do?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      after you knit row 6 (repeat row 2), do you repeat row 3, 4, 5, 6, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6? in order like that? if not, what do you do after row six? also, how often do you do the cable knitting?

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to arene] Absolutely, my design, I'm sure is not anything new. I'm glad you found it to be easy to understand and better yet, easy to knit. Good luck with your sales.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your scarf is really neat and the pattern is understandable. Are you okay with someone selling a completed scarf on a craft website?

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      Shindi 8 years ago

      I'm new to knitting, but you have made it look so easy. I'm going to try it today. Thank you for putting this together.

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to debbie] When you are doing the back side, you do alternate the pattern. That means, when you did a knit section on the front, you purl that section on the back. So the pattern would be this (on the back side)

      P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6,K2,P6

      and so on.

      I'm glad the instructions were easy for you. I know how hard some of these patterns can be for beginners. That's why I love this scarf. It's easy for a beginner to get started and yet complete something that is really nice. I'd love to see your finished scarf.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      do you have to alternate the front to back every time you get to the cable knitting part of the scarf? i am new at this cable knitting, but i found your directions somewhat easy to follow, still a little confused, you can e-mail at deb_cove@hotmail.com thank you so much

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      Kathie Miller 9 years ago from Southern California

      [in reply to wendy] Thanks for the comments. The pdf file is a good idea, I'll have to figure out how to do that. I'd love to see your finished scarf.