Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Basic Cable Can Be Fun

Hellooooo everyone! I'm very excited to post my very first design for a knitted project. It is a cable scarf that was knit in Red Heart's Classic yarn, in a dark grey color scheme. The pattern can be found below.

Because it is such a simple pattern, please feel free to take liberties with it- expand it, shrink it, add fringe, untwist the end stitch, be creative! But please, remember where it came from =)

Basic Cable Can Be Fun

This pattern is EXTREMELY easy, and is great for those who are just learning or are looking to improve their cables... Not to mention the resulting scarf is nice! There are only 10 rounds of the pattern that can be repeated to the desired length, binding off after a round 4. Please see the note regarding end stitches.

Gauge is not terribly important, but using a US 9 (5.5mm) should render about the following:

20 st. x 24 rows = 4x4 in.

This pattern was knit using Red Heart worsted weight yarn in Dark Grey, but any worsted weight yarn will work.

*Note*- This pattern is worked with a twisted end stitch. To achieve this, when beginning the RS, slip the first stitch as if to knit, then bring yarn to front to begin purling. When beginning WS row, slip the first stitch as if to purl, then bring yarn to back to begin knitting.


CO- Cast On

P- Purl


CF3- Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit next three stitches, then knit three stitches from cable needle.


CO- 40 Stitches
Rounds 1, 3, and 7- P3, K6, P2, K5, P1, K6, P1, K5, P2, K6, P3.

Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 (Wrong Side)- K3, P6, K2, P5, K1, P6, K1, P5, K2, P6, K3

Round 5- P3, CF3, P2, K5, P1, K6, P1, K5, P2, CF3, P3

Round 9- P3, CF3, P2, K5, P1, CF3, P1, K5, P2, CF3, P3

Continue pattern until garment measures 6' (or desired length), ending after a round 4.
Use basic knit bind off.

Enjoy! Please comment if you like the pattern!



  1. Beautiful scarf and easy pattern. It looks as if even rows are wrong side. Maybe you should indicate just for those of us who like to know. Just a suggestion.

  2. Beautiful & yet so simple!!

  3. Very nice idea! I have saved it and am going to knit it for my son for this coming Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love this pattern! You have inspired me to try more cables! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Beautiful pattern. Thank for sharing it. I'm going to make it for my Dad for Christmas in a dark teal Merino.

  6. Suzanne- That sounds excellent, I'm so glad you're enjoying the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of the finished scarf!

    Best wishes,


  7. Beautiful scarf! Thank you for the pattern. It's my first try at cables! You're right, it's so fun! :)

  8. Beautiful! I'm going to make this scarf for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. Just curious-- how many skeins/balls of yarn did it take you to complete this scarf?

  9. Eileen- Thank you so much, I'm really glad you've enjoyed the pattern =)

    When I made the scarf it took me between 1-2 skeins of Red Heart basic worsted-weight yarn. I would guess anywhere between 150-250g of any worsted-weight yarn would be fine, depending on the desired length. Hope this helps!

  10. Gorgeous! Casting on as soon as I'm done typing this!

  11. Thanks for the pattern, casting on for my husband for Christmas!

  12. i really like this pattern! i was just wondering, do you think the scarf would turn out too wide to be a circle scarf?

  13. Hi Karin- A circle scarf would probably be great with this pattern. If you use the right yarn, it would probably lay pretty well. I would use something with at least a little wool, or preferably cotton so that it falls right.

    I found, and I've done the pattern a number of times now, that it usually ends up being between 7 and 8 inches wide when finished. This depends on the yarn, needles, gauge, etc.

    Hope this helps!

  14. I'm just a beginner so I have a question that may seem dumb but - if we do the twisted end stitch at the beginning of each row - do we reduce the first (3) stitches to two?

  15. Hi! Not dumb at all- If you've never done an end stitch before, the way it works is that you slip it in the right (or wrong) side row, but when you come back on the wrong (right) side, you knit/purl it according to the pattern. Does that make sense? Essentially, all you're doing is stretching the stitch across two rows, only working it in the second row.

    Let me know if there's anything more I can do to clear it up for you!

  16. I'm making this pattern for my son in Elsebeth Lavold silky cashmere (Black). This is a very easy pattern that works quickly and has a great design. He loves the pattern.

  17. Beadpainter, so glad to hear it! Hope he enjoys the scarf =)

  18. Love the pattern! I'm going to knit this up for my boyfriend as a christmas gift!
    Thanks :)

  19. My pleasure! Hope your boyfriend likes it =)

  20. Hi Joe! I just found your pattern on ravelry and it is just what I was looking for. Just one quick question, for the slip duchess at the beginning of each row, do we need to cast on a extra stitch? I'm a little confused.
    Thank you :-)