Our Delicate Cable Scarf pares down the intricacy and beauty of Aran knitting to its bare essentials: one spare cable floating across a sea of garter stitch.

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho

Ideal for beginners and old pros alike, this lovely knit requires you to simply follow a single cable as it travels from selvedge to selvedge, enjoying nice garter-stitch breathers in between.

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho

Our cozy Flax Down, a single ply blend of baby alpaca, extra fine merino and linen, creates crisp cables and a soft halo of warmth. We love that, in Heirloom White, our Delicate Cable Scarf is especially Aran Islands!

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho

Stunningly simple and wonderfully comfy, the Delicate Cable Scarf is January knitting at its best!

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho

  • 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Flax Down, 43% baby alpaca, 42% extra fine merino, and 15% linen. We used Heirloom White.
  • US 6 circular or straight needles
  • A cable stitch holder
  • 2 stitch markers
  • 2 removable stitch markers (or little pieces of scrap yarn)

Gauge

24 stitches and 44 rows= 4 inches in garter stitch

Size

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 13 inches wide x 66 inches long

Notes

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Cables

Left Cross (LC): Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k1, then k3 from cable needle.

Right Cross (RC): Slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k3, then k1 from cable needle.

Cable 6 Front (C6F): Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle.

For our photo tutorial, please visit our Cable Tutorial.

Stitch Multiple

This pattern is worked over any even multiple of stitches.

Pattern

Begin

Using a Long Tail Cast On, cast on 78 stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 3 (see Notes) with yarn in front (wyif), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3 wyif.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 3 inches from cast-on edge.


Cable To Center

Row 1 (right side): LC (see Notes), knit to last 4 stitches, RC (see Notes).

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, place marker (pm), slip 3 wyif, knit to last 4 stitches, pm, slip 3 wyif, k1.

Row 3 (right side): Slip 1 wyif, LC removing marker, replace marker, knit to 4 stitches before next marker, RC slipping marker, knit to end of row.

NOTE: When working RC, k3, slip marker, then knit stitch from cable stitch holder.

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, knit to next marker, slip marker (sm), slip 3 wyif, knit to next marker, sm, slip 3 wyif, knit to end of row.

Row 5: Slip 1 wyif, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, LC removing marker, replace marker, knit to 4 stitches before next marker, RC slipping marker, knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 4 and 5 until two cables are next to each other in center of fabric, ending with Row 5 and removing stitch markers on final row.

Center Cross

Next Row (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, k35, slip 6 wyif, knit to end of row.

Next Row (right side): Slip 1 wyif, k35, C6F (see Notes), knit to end of row.

Next Row: Slip 1 wyif, k35, slip 6 wyif, knit to end of row.

Cable To Selvage

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyif, k34, RC, LC, knit to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, k34, pm, slip 3 wyif, k2, pm, slip 3 wyif, knit to end of row.

Row 3: Slip 1 wyif, knit to 4 stitches before next marker, RC slipping marker, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, LC removing marker, replace marker, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Slip 1 wyif, knit to next marker, sm, slip 3 wyif, knit to next marker, sm, slip 3 wyif, knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4, ending with Row 3 when one stitch remains after second stitch marker.

Next Row (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, remove marker, slip 3 wyif, knit to next marker, remove marker, slip 3 wyif, k1.

Next Row (right side): RC, knit to last 4 stitches, LC. Place a removable stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn at either end of this row.

Continue Even

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 3 wyif, knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3 wyif.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 3 inches from removable stitch marker, ending with Row 1. Remove removable stitch markers.

Repeat + Finish

Repeat from Cable To Center section through Continue Even section three more times.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in ends and block as desired!

Delicate Cable Scarf | Purl Soho