Ribbed Red Scarf

Here is a simpler scarf with baby cable ribs on both sides.

The scarf does not really have a "right" and "wrong" side; the chart shows the scarf as viewed from the odd-numbered side. On row 2 of the pattern the baby cables are worked on the other side; this row is shown as it faces the knitter in red.

Materials: About 450 yards of worsted-weight yarn. I used Plymouth Indiecita Alpaca, which, being heavy, stretched a bit as I knit it. If using wool, you might need about 500 yards 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.

Gauge: I'm using a size-6 needle and getting about 8 1/2 sts to the inch in pattern; the scarf is about 5 1/4 inches wide 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.

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 48 sts.

Setup row:

Slip 1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1.

Row 1:

Slip 1 knitwise, (p1, k1) 3 times, p2, right twist, purl braid, left twist, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, right twist, purl braid, left twist, p2, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1.

Row 2:

Slip 1, (k1, p1) 3 times, right twist, p2, knit braid, p2, left twist, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, right twist, p2, knit braid, p2, left twist, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1.

Row 3:

Slip 1 knitwise, (p1, k1) 3 times, p2, k2, purl braid, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, purl braid, k2, p2, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1.

Row 4:

Slip 1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, knit braid, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, knit braid, p2, k2, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1.

Repeat rows 1-4 until the scarf is the desired length.

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