Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Snuggly Reversible Cable Scarf - Christmas Tutorial No 4

Right, who is already running screaming for the door at the thought that not only are you going to cable but your knitting is going to be the same on each side?  I promise you it will be really easy, think about it there are three stitches that look the same on both sides: garter, rib and moss or seed stitch and we will be using rib and moss stitch, and to help you further there is a YouTube demo of cabling pasted at the end of the pattern.


The scarf is made with Sirdar Big Softie and measures 6' 6" and the great thing is it will knit up really quickly... I made mine in two days on the train (45 min train journeys) and the great thing is with size 10 needles few are brave enough to sit next to you!  The good news is this scarf is butch enough for chaps and, soft and snuggly enough  for girls.


The Pattern


4.5 balls of SirdarBig Softie Yarn
1 pair of size 10 needles
1 cable needle (the chunky variety)


Abbreviations
K - Knit
P - Purl
C6 fwd - Cable 6 stitches forward (slip  stitches onto your cable needle and bring them to the front of your work, k1, P1 the next 6 stitches from the left hand needle, k1, p1 3 times from the cable needle


Cast on 24 stitches
Row 1 - K1 P1 to the end of the row
Row 2 - P1 K1 3times, K1 P1 6 times, P1 K1 3 times
Repeat the first two rows 3 times
Row 9 - K1 P1 3 times, C6 fwd, K1 P1 3 times
Row 10 - P1 K1 3times, K1 P1 6 times, P1 K1 3 times


These 10 rows are the pattern, repeat 19 times and cast off.


Knitting Tip - When you are coming to the end of the ball, start your new ball at the beginning of a row as this means you will be able to sew in your ends neatly and they will not show up like they might if you have do this in the middle of a row.


Now stand with your nose pressed to the window watching for the cold weather to come so you or your recipient can swank out in your impressive scarf.
And now it's time to go over to take a look at Wendy's Handmade Monday, she's been on her hols so you just know that she will have come back inspired.

31 comments:

mcrafts said...

I love your tutorials. 'Cables' are in this year (so my daughter tells me) so if I can get some time I'll make her this scarf.

Wendy said...

Hmmm...very funny! It seriously would not look the same both sides if I knitted it. Accidental dropstitch is my most accomplished knitting stitch. Love the scarf though and it makes me wish my knitting skills were . . . well, skills.

CarolC1 said...

Beautiful scarf. Loved your comment about size 10 needles, so true on busses too. lol.

Ali said...

Such a lovely looking scarf - I can only imagine how snuggly and warm it is!

I'm with Wendy on the knitting skills though - now if I could cast on, that might be a start!!

Ali x

Kazies Magical Designs said...

too complicated for me Im afraid looks stunning though Its enough for me to remember what row im on making scarves lol xxx

Picto said...

Gosh, if I could attempt to knit this and get it right I would make my dear ol' mum ever so proud. It's really lovely Ros.

Jan x

Caroline Nash said...

I love aran and this has inspired me to have another go, a jumper no way but a scarf in aran could just about do, thank you for sharing

anne - Imagination Beads said...

The finished scarf looks so complex and impressive, but you make it sound so easy.

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Love the comment about the size 10 needles. This looks like such a great scarf, I was thinking of knitting a cable cardy for this year, but I think I've left it a bit late now.

Helen said...

I love your tutorials ros just wish i had more time to try them out!

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

I love the scarf and although I am a 'reasonable' knitter, cable is something I could never get to grips with. Well done.

Jill

madebyewe said...

The scarf looks lovely and warm. I'm playing with cables at the moment for my next sheep knitting kit. Mammoth TV and knitting session yesterday!

Planet Penny said...

It's beautiful and when I have no distractions I'm going to have a look to see how it's done! Thanks...

PuppyFly Boutique said...

I'll be honest, this tutorial terrifies me! But I'm happy to just watch in awe :) Clever lady. Anna xx

tillymintboutique said...

Yet again a great post! have bookmarked your tutorial for when I have learnt to knit and feeling adventurous! x

Anonymous said...

I love cables, they make the pattern more insteresting and the finished garment or scarf looks so warm and snuggley...

Nancy said...

Cables are great, this is an old skilll which looks fabulous in a hat or cardign, so warm. That's the only nice thing about winter. I have been doing cable patterns for a long time now. I just love them.

Made in Suisse said...

Such a beautiful scarf! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, I need to give it a try!

Jennifer said...

That is a gorgeous scarf! I can't knit very well, certainly not cables, wish I could manage something like this!

Anonymous said...

Cables are really easy to do - I hope everyone who said they couldn't do it, actually, looked on youtube at the video.
Honestly, once you have done it, you will feel amazed and satisfied that you CAN do it......try it!!

Aurelia said...

I can't wait to try this pattern. Thanks so much for posting & sharing your talent. Sorry if this is a silly question, but just wanted to double check regarding the needle size. That's 10mm, correct? Otherwise the size comment wouldn't make much sense. I'm reading from the US & am not used to seeing mm needle sizes. Or maybe it's because I'm still such a novice??? Thanks in advance for clarifying for me.

Ros Made Me said...

Hi Aurelia - just to confirm that the US needle size would be a US 15... hope that helps and thanks for the kind comments :)

Diane H said...

Thanks very much for this (saw you on Totally Tuts). I picked apart an ugly sweater and have been looking for a great cable scarf pattern to reknit this wool with.
Can't wait to get started.

nitalinb said...

Lovely. Thank you!

Make handmade said...

So beautiful ! i love it.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's October 1st in less than an hour.. can you help me.. pattern for this shows row 1 and 2 and then ames repeat the first two rows 3 times... and then it says row 9... SO, I presume that you knit the first 2 rows and then repeat the first 2 rows 2 more times for a total of 8 rows... is this correct? i don't want to make a blunder right on the beginning... love the scarf and cannot wait to start it. Thanks a lot for sharing the great pattern. Jane, Memphis, TN

Ros Made Me said...

Hello there Ros here...

In answer to your question, you do the first two rows and then you repeat them three more times. ie, Row 1 and then Row 2, Row 3 and 4 is the first repeat, Row 5 and 6 is the second repeat, Row 7 and 8 is the third repeat.

If this does not make sense, please send me an email roslet@hotmail.co.uk

Samantha said...

I was wondering if you could tell me how to purl?

Glendus Dowell said...

This was my first attempt at cabling and it turned out great. It was a gift for my sister, using Lion Brand Wool Ease in Heather. Thanks for sharing this and showing me that I can cable!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ros!

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Jude said...

I have been knitting for many years, normally without pattern/tension problems but found for this pattern 4.5 balls of Sirdar Big Softie were not nearly enough to get the length stated. Have used UK 10mm (000) needles.Any thoughts anyone?