Fancy Cabled Braided Scarf

cabled scarf
I’ve been playing with this pattern for a while now, as in, for about a year and a half or so! I started it when I was a beginning knitter, but it is only now that I was able to figure this out so that the two sides on either side of the cable mirrored each other. And by jove, I think I’ve finally got it! I’m so excited that I thought I would share it now, even though my scarf, as you can see, isn’t even done yet!!


scarf finishedHere ya’ go!

Cast on 35 stitches.

Rows 1 and 5: (RS) K3, P3, K3, P4, K9, P4, K3, P3, K3

Row 2, 4, 6, 8: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P9, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 3: K3, P3, K3, P4, Front Cross (Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit next 3 stitches, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle), K3, P4, K3, P3, K3

Row 7: K3, P3, K3, P4, K3, Back Cross (Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, knit next 3 stitches, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle), P4, K3, P3, K3

Repeat rows 1-8 for pattern.

Notes:

  • If you prefer, (which I usually do), you can slip the first stitch of every row after row 1. I find this helpful for getting a nice smooth edge.
  • Gauge isn’t really that important for this pattern. The bigger your yarn, and the larger your needles, of course, the wider your scarf will be.
  • I prefer solid or slightly heathered yarns for this pattern. I’ve tried it with handpaints and varigateds, and the stitch pattern and texture get somewhat lost. Choose a yarn which is known for good stitch definition and try needles a size or two smaller than you normally would for your chosen yarn. (In my swatch shown here, I am using Caron Simply Soft, but mostly because it happened to be in a bag next to me as I was getting started.)

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please feel free to let me know!