Magic of Reversible Cables
Enjoy this sampler of reversible cable stitch patterns that can be applied to four wintry scarf patterns. These beauties will look great no matter which way the wind is blowing or which side of the scarf is showing!
The secret behind making reversible cables is replacing each stockinette stitch of the cable with 1x1 rib, or replacing 2 adjacent stockinette stitches with 2x2 rib. Reverse stockinette stitches that normally fill the space between cables are replaced with seed stitch because it will look the same on both sides of the scarf.
Separator columns of stockinette stitch are replaced with adjacent columns of 1 stitch in stockinette and 1 stitch in reverse stockinette stitch. Panels of reversible knit/purl designs (including, but not limited to, seed stitch) can also be incorporated between cable panels.
Since all the scarves are reversible, mark the first row as the “right side” so it’s easier to keep your place. Oddnumbered rows are considered rightside rows and even-numbered rows are considered wrong-side rows for pattern purposes.
19 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Seed St. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
6 over 6 Left Cross (6/6 LC): Sl 6 sts to cn and hold in front; [k1, p1] 3 times, [k1, p1] 3 times from cn.
1x1 Rib (even number of sts) All rows: *K1, p1; rep from *. Seed St (even number of sts) Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep from *. Row 2: Knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts as they present themselves.
Rep Row 2 for pat. Rope Cable (12-st panel) Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work Rope Cable pat st from a chart. Rows 1 (RS)–6: Work 12 sts in 1x1 Rib. Row 7: 6/6 LC. Rows 8–14: Work 12 sts in 1x1 Rib.
Rep Rows 1–14 for pat.