Monday, March 26, 2007

it can be done

A reversible cable scarf! One side (above), Other side (below)

The pattern is very easy and can be adjusted for different yarn types, tensions, etc.

Here I am using Luxury Alpaca Peru in 201 Ecru (on sale at my local yarn shop). I love this yarn! It is wonderful to work with and is so soft!

The pattern is a 10 row repeat (cable height is 10 rows)
Row 1 K6, P6 (will make two cable columns)
Row 2 P6, K6
Repeat row 1 and 2 again
Row 5 Slip 3 onto cable needle, K3, K3 from cable needle, P6
Row 6 P6, K6
Row 7 K6, P6
Repeat row 6 and 7 again.
Row 10 P6, Slip 3 onto cable needle, K3, K3 from cable needle
Repeat for desired length.

You can alter the pattern by:
  1. Changing the cable height (Rows = 2 x R, Here R = 5)
  2. Changing the cable width (Stitches = 2 x S, Here S = 3)
  3. Changing the width of the project (the above pattern only has two cable columns)
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My project is 78 stitches wide. The selvage is made with 3 knit stitches to form a garter stitch edge. The scarf has 12 cable columns with 6 cables across on each side of the garment. It is a lot of fun to knit!

Addendum: I found a note on Esther S. Bozak's website that Lily Chin explains how to do reversible cables in the Winter 1989 issue of Knitter's. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a copy of this article.

You may be interested in Julie Theaker's pattern for her WATERY LLAMA SCARF (a reversible ribbed cable scarf) here. Thanks for sharing Julie!

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