Knitting projects: reversible cable scarf

I seem to be able to reliably (if infrequently) post about books and knitting. I have a list of knitting projects to write about, so here’s one of them.

Reversible cable knit scarf

alpaca knit scarf pattern This scarf began its life last summer (2014) when the mom of a student in my spring knitting class asked if I’d teach her daughter how to knit a scarf over the summer.

She sent me a pattern she’d picked up at the yarn store for a “luxurious reversible cable scarf.” It looked simple enough — only 6 rows of instructions — so I said, “sure” and we made a date to begin.

I decided to knit along with my student, in case anything pesky or confusing cropped up in the pattern. That was a good call, because by the 2nd row of instructions, there was clearly a problem.

20151203_122532I figured out how to fix it so it made sense and, for a few weeks, we both got on with knitting and cabling. I love cables and was fascinated how, when you combine them with ribbing, these cables become reversible.

Neither I nor my student had finished our scarves by the time our summer lessons ended, so it became my in-between knitting projects scarf that I worked on here and there, especially when I didn’t want to put a lot of brain power into what I was knitting. And so it took a really long time to finish. But the wonderful thing about knitting something is that when it’s done, it’s done. Even if it does take more than a year.

Here are the improved directions:

Cast on 40 stitches (I used Paca-Paints alpaca yarn, 22st/4″ on US6/4mm needles).

Rows 1-12: *k2, p2; repeat from *

Row 13:

  • slip 8 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work
  • (k2, p2) twice (8 sts)
  • (k2, p2) twice across 8 sts from cable needle
  • (k2, p2) twice (8 sts)
  • slip 8 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work
  • (k2, p2) twice (8 sts)
  • (k2, p2) twice across 8 sts from cable needle

Rows 14-22: *k2, p2; repeat from *

Row 23:

  • (k2, p2) 3 times (12 sts)
  • slip 8 sts onto cable needle and hold in behind work
  • (k2, p2) twice (8 sts)
  • (k2, p2) twice across 8 sts from cable needle
  • (k2, p2) 3 times (12 sts)

Repeat rows 1-23 until scarf is desired length, leaving enough yarn to finish with 12 rows of k2, p2 across. Bind off.