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!

Pat­tern Notes

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.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

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.

Pat­tern Stitches

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.

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