Free knitting patterns for scarves knit with cables. Many are free. Updated 11/27/23.
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Reversible Cable Rib Scarf
A ribbed statement cable framed in seed stitch creates a reversible scarf. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Caron.
Celtic Knot Scarf
Scarf with a cable Celtic knot at each end and plenty of easy knit and purl ribbing around the back of the neck. Cables charted and written. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Tamara Moots.
Winter Currents Scarf
Cable scarf inspired by inspired by water’s eternal movement in river currents with whirlpools hiding under the upper currents, meandering, sharp turns and occasional peaceful pooling of calm water. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Inese Sang. May only be free for a limited time.
Lace and Cable Scarf
Scarf knit with a graceful lace and cable panel framed with simple 1 by 1 ribbing. Although exactly the same on both sides, the reverse side is also attractive. DK or Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Christine L.
Cable Scarf or Stole
I like the unusual look of this all over cable pattern on this wrap that is wide enough for a shawl yet can be worn as a scarf. 19 Shawl in Lana Grossa Silkhair.
Cabled scarf knit with an 8 row repeat honeycomb texture bordered with garter rib. Bulky weight yarn. Chunky Scarf designed by Debbie Bliss.
I love the unique look of this cable on a garter stitch background. 16 row repeat. Worsted weight yarn. Cabled Scarf in Plymouth Yarn Holiday Lights 2152.
Reversible cabled scarf (cable reversed is elbac, get it?) knit with an 16 row repeat all over ribbed cable. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Shannon Dunbabin.
Uniquely constructed scarf with armholes so it can be worn as a shrug or just used to keep the scarf shawl in place. Blue Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
More Free Patterns
Wavy and zigzag cables create a scarf full of texture. Gray Chunky weight yarn. Designed by Martin Storey.
Cable edged scarf with pointed ends finished with tassels knit with a 6 row repeat. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Nadine Dransfield.
Totally Toasty Scarf
This scarf is a textured mixture of lace rib, cables and a cable with lace. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Paintbox Yarns
Chelsea Cable Scarf
Scarf with a statement cable strip in a 8 row repeat along one edge with a horizontal rib along the other. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko
Textured, reversible, unisex scarf featuring an interesting cable pattern framing stripes of moss stitch and a ladder texture. DK weight yarn. Designed by Vera Marcu
Sheaves of Wheat Scarf
Unique cabled scarf, inspired by the shape of wheat, with seed stitch bordered by cables. Pattern is part of a free e collection, Autumn Flora. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Amy Gunderson
Unisex cabled scarf with a honeycomb pattern framed by cabled edge in a simple 20–row repeat. Perfect for men and women. Quick knit in Aran yarn on bigger needles. Designed by J.H. Walter for Blue Sky Fibers
Cable Edge Scarf
Easy garter stitch scarf bordered with 12 row repeat braid cable. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Jodi Lewanda for Yarnspirations
Cable Colors Scarf or Cowl
Scarf or cowl bordered with 6 row repeat rope cable. Knit flat so you can seam to make a cowl or leave flat as a scarf. Great showcase for multicolored yarn. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns
Patterns for Purchase
Creekwater Cabled Scarf
This cabled scarf includes both charts and line-by-line instructions to suit your individual style, as well as options to make a shawl or blanket! Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Pam Connolly
Toccinno Alpine Cabled Turtleneck Scarf
This scarf uses alpine cabling (as opposed to Aran cabling, which is the more familiar way of cabling). The knit stitches are knit primarily through the back loop, and although the scarf is not reversible, it is cabled on both sides. The pattern is both written out and charted. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Linda Lehman
Scarf with a central cable framed with texture. It’s worked pretty fast using bulky yarn. Designed by MyCharmingWool
Unisex scarf with easy cables in a 12 row repeat. If you have basic cable knowledge and ability to follow repeats it is for you. The pattern includes a chart, written instructions and pictures. Aran weight yarn. Designed by KnitsByHestialice
Oversized blanket-scarf with a cable and openwork scarf that creates a squishy, leaf-like allover pattern. Designed by Natalya
Celtic Roots Scarf
A cabled Saxon Braid motif in a half-drop pattern that produces a tangle of cables on a generously sized and warm scarf. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Apiary Knits
Pace Yourself Scarf
Luxuriously cabled scarf. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Sunghee of cowlandowl
Grainne Cabled Scarf
Gorgeous scarf with celtic cables. Worsted weight yarn. Grainne, pronounced "GRAHN-yeh" in Irish, was a king's daughter in Irish mythology who ran away with her lover. Designed by Pam Connolly
Retro Cables Scarf
A variety of honeycomb, chevron, and rope cables cover this scarf. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Sunghee of cowlandowl