Do you want to give a thoughtful handmade gift without the time investment that comes with some cable knit patterns? Then this simple cable knit scarf is the answer! It can be completed in about 4 hours!
Just like my 8-hour toddler sweater pattern, this project can be completed in well under a day. I made several last Christmas in different colors, and each one took about 4-6 hours, depending on the length.
Simple Cable Knit Scarf
C3L (Cable 3 Left): Slip next st to cable needle and hold at front, K2, then K1 from cable needle
C3R (Cable 3 Right): Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back, K1, then K2 from cable needle
Cast on: 33 stitches
Row 1: K3, *P1, K7, P1; rep from * 3x, K3
Row 2: K3, *K1, P7, K1; rep from * 3x, K3
Row 3: K3, *P1, C3R, K1, C3L, P1; rep from * 3x, K3
Row 4: K3, *K1, P7, K1; rep from * 3x, K3
Repeat Rows 1 through 4 until scarf reaches desired length. Bind off.
NOTE: A good rule of thumb for scarf lengths is to make it as long as the recipient is tall. However, 40ish inches for an adult is plenty unless you live in an extremely cold climate where it needs to be wrapped several times around!
Once you’re done, hand-wash the scarf in warm water with gentle soap like this one, and lay it straight and flat to dry (I place mine on a few towels laid across the kitchen table).