While not the same as the cable you see in knitting, this cable-like stitch is an easy way to make a special piece from simple single and double crochet stitches. Crochet a skinny scarf that’s more decorative, or a wider one that will cover the face or shoulders to keep the wearer warm and snug while serving as a lovely fashion accessory. Who says scarves have to be boring?
Because the stitch itself is a bit fancy, you might find that this scarf is best crocheted using a solid color yarn as opposed to variegated. The beauty of the cable stitch can be lost in a camouflaged or variegated yarn fiber, depending on how many colors are involved and how ‘busy’; the yarn is.
A photo tutorial of how to complete the cable stitch, as well as two examples of this stitch used with camouflage and variegated yarn, can be seen here.
Ch = chain
St = stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Sk = skip
Starting chain of 18 with a size I crochet hook will work up a scarf approximately 5″ wide. Increase or decrease in increments of 4 chains for a wider or narrower piece.
Cable Stitch Scarf Pattern
With I hook, chain 18.
1: SC in second ch from hook and each ch across. Ch 2, turn.
2: Skip st from turning ch, *1 DC in each of next 3 sts, cross over to the right of 3 DCs just worked and DC in skipped SC just prior to first DC, sk 1, repeat from *, ending with DC in top of turning ch . (Note: Work the cable stitch fairly loosely so piece doesn’t bunch up). Ch 1, turn.
3: SC in each st across. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat pattern rows 2 and 3 to desired length. Add a SC border if desired to give your scarf a finished look.
Tip: Take a quick look as you end each row to make sure your cable stitches are lining up. I often find myself forgetting to skip the stitch between cables, which results in them being out of alignment. If you catch the error when completing that row, it’s a lot easier to fix than when you have more of the scarf completed.
You may link to this pattern in an article or blog post, giving me proper credit, but please don’t post the pattern itself. I did not invent this stitch, but the pattern using the stitch, dimensions, and photos were created by me. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please don’t sell the pattern. If you sell items online that are made from this pattern, a link to the pattern would be appreciated, and please do not use my photos.
The first row of the cable stitch might seem difficult as the piece will twist a bit, but it becomes much easier after you work a few rows. Don’t give up. I know you’ll like the results.