Reversible Cable Red Scarf

This is my first foray into reversible cables, and they turn out to be a piece of cake. I used two kinds of reversible cables in this pattern: ribbed cables, which are cabled on only one side but magically appear the same front and back, and alternating baby cables, where the purl rib on one side is the cable on the other.

The scarf does not really have a "right" and "wrong" side; the chart shows the scarf as viewed from the side where the large ribbed cables are crossed. The odd-numbered rows are worked on this side. On every fourth row the baby cables are worked on the other side; this row is shown as it faces the knitter in red.

Materials: Well, I don't quite know yet. A 100-yard skein of worsted-weight alpaca (Plymouth Indiecita) has yielded just under a foot of scarf, unblocked. You'll probably need about 600 yards of worsted-weight yarn to be on the safe side, a bit less if you use a heavier-weight yarn. You'll also need a needle of appropriate size for the yarn and a cable needle if you use one.

Gauge: I'm using a size-6 needle and getting about 8 1/2 sts to the inch in pattern; the scarf is about 6 inches wide, again unblocked. I'm a pretty tight knitter, though.

The Pattern in Pictures

Chart Key

knit

Knit on odd side, purl on even side.

purl

Purl on odd side, knit on even side.

left twist

Left twist: knit the second st on the left needle through the back loop, then knit the first and second sts together through the back loops and slip them from the needle together.

right twist

Right twist: knit the next 2 sts together, then insert the right needle between the first and second sts and knit the first st again, then slip both sts from the needle.

left cable

Left-twisting 8-st cable: slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, (p1, k1) twice from left needle, then (p1, k1) twice from cable needle.

right cable

Right-twisting 8-st cable: slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in back, (p1, k1) twice from left needle, then (p1, k1) twice from cable needle.

braid purl

Purl braid (odd side): purl the second st on the left needle, then the first st, then slip both sts from needle together.

braid knit braid knit

Knit braid (even side): insert the right needle between the first two sts on the left needle and knit the second st, then knit the first st, then slip both sts from needle together.

The Pattern in Words

See chart key for explanation of terms in bold.

Cast on 51 sts.

Row 1:

(p2, k2) twice, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2, k2, purl braid, p1, k2, p2, (p1, k1) 6 times, (k2, p2) twice.

Row 2:

(k2, p2) twice, k1, p1, (p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p1, k2, p2, knit braid, k1, p2, k2, k1, p1, (p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p1, (p2, k2) twice.

Row 3:

p2, right twist, p2, left twist, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2, left twist, purl braid, p1, right twist, p2, (p1, k1) 6 times, right twist, p2, left twist, p2.

Row 4:

k2, p2, right twist, p2, k1, p1, (p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p1, right twist, p2, knit braid, k1, p2, left twist, k1, p1, (p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p3, left twist, p2, k2.

Rows 5-8:

repeat rows 1-4.

Rows 9-10:

repeat rows 1-2.

Row 11:

p2, right twist, p2, left twist, p1, k1, right-twisting 8-st cable, p1, k1, p2, left twist, purl braid, p1, right twist, p2, p1, k1, left-twisting 8-st cable, p1, k1, right twist, p2, left twist, p2.

Row 12:

repeat row 4.

Repeat these 12 rows for pattern.

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