Not a Knitter? Not a Problem! Knit a Cable-Knit Scarf





Introduction: Not a Knitter? Not a Problem! Knit a Cable-Knit Scarf

Impress your friends and family by spinning out this classic, sexless scarf. This instructable will teach you how to do so. I've put it in video format so that you can watch each step of the process, and follow along with your own set of needles at home.

These instructions are designed to be useful to a range of knitting ability levels.
Somebody who has never picked up a set of needles should be able to follow these steps sequentially to learn every element necessary to complete the scarf.
A more moderately experienced knitter may already know the knit and purl stitches, but wants to learn the cable stitch, for example. They can follow the pattern (as given below) and skip ahead to step five to reference instructions for cables.

The time it takes you to finish the scarf will vary depending on your ability level as well as how long you'd like to make the scarf. Keep in mind that for most, knitting is a hobby to unwind--see it as a marathon, not a sprint!

The first tool you'll need for making this scarf is the following pattern. You may want to copy it down for reference as you watch the following videos.

Cable-Knit Scarf Pattern
     CO: Cast on
     K: Knit
     P: Purl
     CBL: Cable

CO 20
Row 1: [K3, P1, K4, P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K3]
Row 2: [P3, K1, P4, K1, P2, K1, P4, K1, P3]
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: [K3, P1, CBL 2, K2, P1, K2, P1, CBL 2, K2, P1, K3]
Rest of Scarf: Repeat Rows 2-5 until end

 The following video briefs the remaining supplies you'll need for this pattern.

Step 1: Cast On


Step 2: Complete Row 1


Step 3: Complete Row 2


Step 4: Complete Rows 3 and 4

As the pattern states, rows 3 and 4 are the same as rows 1 and 2, respectively.
You may reference the previous videos for help completing these two rows. 

Step 5: Row Five: Cable Stitch

Step 6: Repeat

You now have all the skills necessary to complete the scarf! 
As the pattern states, simply repeat the steps for rows 2-5 until the scarf is to your desired length.

Word of Caution: Be patient. Especially for beginners, knitting can be frustrating when things don't quite look how you want right away. Just take a deep breath and review the instructional videos as necessary for refreshers. Keep the final image in your head and just have fun with it.

Step 7: Cast Off

 You're almost finished!

Step 8: Troubleshooting

Unfortunately, there are many problems you may encounter when knitting. Luckily, with a bit of practice, they're all relatively simple to fix.

Here are some common problems:
-Holes: often due to either a dropped stitch, or accidentally stitching two stitches at once
-Wrong stitch: simply knitting when the pattern called to purl or vice versa
-Twisted cable: most often occurs when the stitches are replaced on the needle in the wrong order when cabling 

Whatever your dilemma, don't panic! The following video shows you how to rework the blemish.
Remember that mistakes are common when you begin knitting. They can be frustrating, but they'll make you a better knitter in the long run (and maybe give your scarf a bit of unexpected character!)

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I can’t wait to begin. Did you use a yarn weight of 5? Do you remember what brand? Thank you so much.



Thank you for this 'ible.  I teach auto shop and am male so I don't even know if I am allowed to knit,

(however I am pretty darn good with a sewing machine)

(get it ?  Darn - sewing.. I crack myself up!)

but this made me want to try it. 

Everything is clear except step #5 the cable stitch.  I understand that you grab 2 stiches with the giant brass safety pin and then knit right past them...

But then what do you do?  Do you just release them from their brass safety pin imprisonment?  Is there something else that happens at the end of the video that I missed?

Please tell me, the suspense is killing me!

Thanks for the inspiration!


 Hey Mikey,

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you've found this helpful.
It looks like I accidentally uploaded the incorrect version of the cable-stitch video. 
I'm not able to edit the step to include the correct video at the time, but I think it's okay if I include it in this comment box (I did this project for a class and it hasn't been graded yet, so I can't change anything).
Hopefully the new video is more helpful. If not, here it is:

Pull the two stitches off the safety pin, then (like you said) knit the next two stitches on the needle. 
Next take the two stitches that are on the stitch holder, and replace them on the left needle. So pretty much what you're doing is just flipping the order in which you knit the set of four--instead of knitting stitch 1, 2, 3, 4, think of it as 3,4,1,2.

Then just continue as normal: purl 1, knit 2, purl 1. Here, you reach the second cable, and you'll repeat the cable stitch. 

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks Sydney!

You can edit you steps by logging into you account, click the "you" link at the top right of the page, then click on your "instructables" tab in the center of the window.  A list of your published instructables will come up and then just click the "edit" link that shows up right after the name.

I would infer that you are taking a teaching methods class of some sort? 

Thanks again for the step by step.  It did clear things up!


Hi Sydney, I was hoping for a little advice on double knitting this pattern. More like using. 2 strands if worsted weight yarn as one strand either 2 colors or one. Would I need to adjust it if making for a 11 year old boy. How? Bee g a beginner would this be easy to do with this pattern? Thanks, Ginger!

Mikey D, darn good comments from you. As an electronics eng I think I will be testing every stage before the big knit, a scarf for winter.

Would a bulky acrylic or acrylic/wool blend work?

This was easy and fast for me to learn how to knit. Thanks for teaching me so fast.

As a newbie knitter, I found this pattern very easy. Thanks!