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A Reversible Cable Scarf


A palindrome is a line that reads the same forwards or backwards.

This pattern creates a very nice, hefty scarf that lays flat and is completely reversible. The cables look exactly the same on the front and back!


Heavy worsted weight yarn, approx 385 yards (280g)
(I used 5 skeins of Patons SWS in the Natural Pink colorway. I only used portions of 3 of these skeins to keep the striping in sequence.)
Size 9 needles, or size recommended for your yarn
Cable needle

Gauge: It's a scarf. Does gauge really matter? Live a little!
Scarf measures approx 64 inches long, and 4.5 inches wide.

Cast on 40 sts using your favorite cast on method.

Row 1 : (RS) *K2, P2* across
Rows 2, 3 & 4: Repeat Row 1
Row 5: (RS) *K2, P2, C8F* Repeat to last 4 sts, K2, P2
Row 6: Repeat Row 1
Repeat rows 1-6 for desired length, ending with row 4.
Bind off in K2, P2 pattern.
Weave in the ends.
Flip scarf over and over and marvel at it's reversibility!

***KEY*** VERY IMPORTANT for reversible cables!
C8F: Slip 4 sts to a cable needle and hold to front, K2, P2, then K2, P2 from the cable needle.


Want to alter the size of your scarf? To make the scarf wider or narrower, add or subtract 12 stitches to your cast on. This will add or subtract one cable repeat and approximately 1.5" from the width of the scarf.

Original design was inspired by
Hello Yarn's Irish Hiking Scarf pattern.
Modified, renamed and republished with permission.

All content and photos are © Kristin Bellehumeur. All rights reserved.
You may print this pattern for personal, non profit use, as long as it is printed from And yes, you may sell your knitted, super cool reversible cable scarf! But it's better as a gift. ;)

Questions, comments, errors? Photos of your finished scarf?
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