Cables are perhaps one of my favorite things to knit, yet I haven't published a cabled pattern in over a month! Needless to say, I've been itching to make something twisty.
So, this week I set about making a bold cabled scarf. I like to think of this pattern as a repeat of X's and O's, like hugs and kisses (but if you ask my three-year-old niece, she'll tell you it's a tic-tac-toe scarf). Either way, it's a bit quirky, and a whole lot of fun to knit. I call it: the Heartbreaker Scarf.
This pattern is great for knitters who want to strengthen their cabling skills. There are no tricky stitch numbers or difficult cable positions, and every cable stays in it's own column (no criss-crossing with others). By the end of this scarf, you'll be doing 2x2 cables in your sleep.
15 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch
C2f: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit the following two stitches, then knit the two off the cable needle.
C2b: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold behind work. Knit the following two stitches, then knit the two off the cable needle.
CO 32 stitches
Rows 1-4: knit
Row 5 (rs): k11, p1, k8, p1, k11
Row 6, and every even row (ws): k3, p8, k1, p8, k1, p8, k3
Row 7: k3, c2f, c2b, p1, c2b, c2f, p1, c2f, c2b, k3
Row 9: repeat row 5
Row 11: repeat row 7
Row 13: Repeat row 5
Row 15: k3, c2b, c2f, p1, c2f, c2b, p1, c2b, c2f, k3
Row 17: repeat row 5
Row 19: repeat row 15
Repeat rows 5-20 until scarf reaches desired length. I suggest stopping after a row 13, as that would mirror where the cabling pattern began. Then move on to the next step.
Knit across 4 more rows to finish the border.
Bind off and weave in all ends to finish.