Wavy Cables Scarf

Here it is, just in time for cold weather and holiday knitting, the pattern text for my Wavy Cables Scarf. It's a reversible-cable scarf that looks good on both the front and the back. There'll be a chart as soon as I can download that knitting font and create a grid in Excel.

Wavy Cables Scarf





Yarn: Valley Yarns "Amherst" 109 yards/50g. Colorway 163445 "Burgundy". Available here via WEBS online store. Five balls.
[I'm actually using some merino handspun that I bought way back in October at Rhinebeck. I know little about this yarn, and since I bought Morehouse's entire stock (all four hanks), most importantly I don't know where you'll be able to find more of it. Not to worry, the WEBS yarn is an extremely soft worsted-weight merino and it will be perfect for this scarf.]

Needles: US8s, cable needle

Notions: stitch markers

Gauge: People, it's a scarf; gauge isn't key here. For my scarf, I'm getting about six to seven stitches per inch in pattern. The pattern calls for 40 stitches (nine repeats, plus two stitches worked in seed on each end) and my scarf measures six inches across before blocking. I expect that it'll expand in width when blocked.

Length: You can make it as long or as short as you want. To give you a better sense of how much yarn you need to buy, five skeins of Amherst will probably yield about 72 inches of scarf. That'll be perfect for wrapping around your neck over, and over, and over again.

Abbreviations: C2B: slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold to the back, knit the next two stitches. Return the stitches held on the cable neede to the left needle and knit them.
C2F: slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold to the front, knit the next two stitches. Return the stitches held on the cable neede to the left needle and knit them.
OR, do the cables without a cable needle. Instructions here.
k: knit
p: purl
PM: Place marker

Cast on 40 stitches. [The pattern is in multiples of four stitches.] Changed the width by casting on fewer or more stitches. Always ensure, however, that you have enough stitches for an ODD number of repeats across. 40 stitches = 9 cable repeats (9x4=36), plus 4 stitches for the edging (36+4=40)

Knit two rows of seed stitch.

Begin working the 12-row stitch pattern as follows:

Row 1: k1, p1, PM, *(k4, PM, p4, PM)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, k4, PM, k1,p1
Row 2: p1, k1, *(p4, k4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1
Row 3: k1, p1, *(C2B, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, C2B, k1, p1
Row 4: as row 2
Row 5: k1, p1, *(k4, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, k4, k1, p1
Row 6: p1, k1, *(p4 C2B)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1
Row 7: as row 5
Row 8: as row 2
Row 9: k1, p1, *(C2F, p4)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, C2F, k1, p1
Row 10: as row 2
Row 11: as row 5
Row 12: p1, k1, *(p4 C2F)* Repeat from * to * 4 times, p4, p1, k1

When you're satisfied with your scarf's length, end the last repeat at Row 11 (corrected from Row 8). Knit two rows of seed stitch and bind off. Block the scarf, add some tassles if you would like, and enjoy your warm neck!


Very cool -- thank you!!

Love the Wavy Scarf!
And I think really long scarves are the way to go.

Thanks for sharing the pattern, Colleen - just in time for the cold weather and holiday gifts!

love the cable motif. thanks for the pattern, it's lovely.

Love it loveitloveit!!!
I'm a huge fan of reversable scarves and this one is just outrageous in it's perfectness. I need yarn. I need time. I NEED this scarf!
Thank you!

Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Thanks for sharing this pattern. I love it. I just recently learned to cable and need a cool quick project. This is perfect and it looks good on the front & back. Going to use some Green Mountain Spinnery worsted from 2 Rhinebecks ago.

wow, i love how this looks good on both sides. it's a cable miracle! thanks for posting the pattern colleen. definitely going into my del.icio.us :)

Holy cow! You knit that up pretty fast.

It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Thank you for the pattern to this gorgeous scarf, and thank you for the wonderful tutorial on cabling without the cable needle; I'm sure I will be knitting much faster now :)


Thank you so much for the pattern. I think this will make a great scarf for the Red Scarf Project.

Thanks very much for the lesson and wonderful pattern - it looks fantastic!

I'm making socks in a very similar stitch pattern and color.

Awesome scarf! Thanks for the pattern.

Soo cool. The color is gorgeous too! I just might use that pattern. Yay! ^_^

Thank you for making and sharing the pattern! I printed the one from Lion Brand yesterday...now you are a fast worker!!

That's a good time. Because nothing makes a cable scarf less fun than the back!

Thanks! The scarf looks great! You must be an amazingly fast knitter.

The scarf looks great! I am just learning to knit how would you classify this in terms of difficulty level? I really want to make it!


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