In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit a unisex scarf in the Reversible Rope stitch, since Aran patterns are so lit this season, and this scarf is a great winter accessory!
Although we have practiced one reversible cable stitch (The Fuchsia Flower stitch), normally, cable knitting patterns are not reversible… What a pity! I think that such beautiful work should be able to look great on both sides, especially in a scarf!
This is why this stitch is special and almost unique, looks great on a scarf, blanket, and also, on an infinity cowl.
In addition, today I’m giving you a pattern that can be knitted in two different gauges: Using US 19 (15 mm) needles and super bulky wool yarn (number 6), or using US 8 (5 mm) needles and DK (number 3) wool yarn.
The only difference is the number of stitches to cast on (you’ll find the number of stitches for the slim scarf in parenthesis).
Measurements of the finished scarf (once blocked)
Wide: 10.5 in (27 cm)
Long: 67 in (170 cm) or more, if you like it longer, but no less than 59 in (150 cm).
If you don’t know how to block your knitting, or even what does it mean, or you’re not used to it, I suggest you always do it!
This technique works on every piece of knitting and improves the shape and the look of your garments (but first please read the manufacturer recommendations shown on the label of the yarn).
Gauge (knitted in Reversible Rope stitch)
Using US 19 (15 mm) needles and nº 6 wool yarn: 9 stitches equals 4 in (10 cm)
Using US 8 (5 mm) needles and nº 3 wool yarn: 30 stitches equals 4 in (10 cm)
For the chunky scarf:
However, if you prefer to knit with straight needles…
For the slim scarf:
For both scarves:
Measurement tape or rule
CO: Cast on
cn: Stitch holder or cable needle
BO: Bind off
Unisex Scarf knitting pattern
CO 24 st (80 st). (The Reversible Rope stitch needs multiples of 8 + 4 + 4 st).
1º row: K2, *P4, K4*. Repeat from * to *, until last 6 st, P4, K2.
2º and 4º rows: K2, *K4, P4*. Repeat from * to *, until last 6 st, K6.
3º row: K2, *P4, pass 2 st to cn and hold in back, K2, K2 (from cn)*. Repeat from * to *, until last 6 st, P4, K2.
5º row: K2, *pass 2 st to cn and hold in front, P2, P2 (from cn), K4*. Repeat from * to *, until last 6 st, pass 2 st to cn and hold in front, P2, P2 (from cn), K2.
6º row: As 2º and 4º rows.
After knitting these 6 rows, repeat rows 3º to 6º only, until the piece measures almost 67 in (170 cm), ending with a 4º row. (Please be careful and leave enough yarn to work one more row and then the BO row).
BO in pattern (work every stitch as it presents).
Weave in the ends, block your garment, and enjoy your new scarf!
You can watch the video tutorial here:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for watching and… please don’t forget to share the love ;D!
Hugs and happy knitting,
Carolina – So Woolly