Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf

Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf

Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf

Originally uploaded by fireflowerknits

This is something I came up with from a passion for reversible scarves and a copy of Gisela Klopper’s Beautiful Knitting Patterns. It is a super-thick, soft, cushy scarf. It looks beautiful on both sides and is lots of fun to knit once you get the hang of it. Remember that you are only cabling every 12 rows, so the rest of it is just ordinary brioche stitch.

Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf

Finished Dimensions: 5″ x 56″ (5 skeins would allow you to knit a 70″ long scarf)

4 skeins Knit Picks Andean Silk Hollyberry or about 360 yards of a soft worsted weight yarn

size 7 needles
cable needle

This is an intermediate pattern. For this pattern you will need some experience with brioche stitch, a cable needle (I don’t recommend trying to cable brioche stitch without one), and a row counter (to keep track of the cabled rows).

Edited to add: Slip all stitches purlwise with yarn held in front throughout.

When cabling on row 11 and 23, 2 of the 6 stitches you slip onto the cable needle will be yarn-overs from the previous row.

Special Abbreviation:
Brioche Cable 12 Front is abbreviated BrC 12F, it means: sl 6 sts to cable ndl and hold to front, (sl 1, yo, k2 tog) 2 times, sl sts from cable ndl back to left ndl, (sl 1, yo, k2 tog) 2 times. This sounds complicated at first, but it’s not hard once you get the hang of it.

CO 26 sts
Set-up row: K1, *sl 1, yo, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Rows 1-10: K1, *sl 1, yo, k2 tog; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 11: K1, BrC 12F , (sl 1, yo, k2 tog) 4 times, BrC 12F, k1.
Rows 12-22: work as for rows 1-10.
Row 23: K1, (sl 1, yo, k2 tog) 4 times, BrC 12F, (sl 1, yo, k2 tog) 4 times, k1.

Work rows 1-23 until scarf is desired length or until you run out of yarn, ending on row 17. Bind off in pattern omitting yarn-overs.


36 Responses to “Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf”

  1. mookxi Says:

    Wow that’s awesome.

  2. Sleepycat Says:

    That’s beautiful! I’ve been looking for a reversible cabled scarf pattern other then Palindrome and this may be the one. 🙂

  3. drenka Says:

    Amazing work! Amazing scarf!

  4. elsteffo Says:

    Wow, what a fantastically versatile pattern! Will definitely be pulling this one out for chrissie pressies this year.

  5. libraryliz Says:

    I have been obsessed with the idea of cables lately. This could not have come at a better time – thanks so much!!

  6. bigsistersf Says:

    I love it! Cables are so inviting and smooshy. Lovely work.

  7. hegebee Says:

    Will definately knit this looovely scarf!

  8. sarahbird Says:

    This is really gorgeous! I’m adding this to my list of things to knit in the future! Thanks!

  9. tikkunknitter Says:

    How delightful to have found another passionate and creative brioche knitter! Can’t wait to try these cables out on something.

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  11. gennies Says:

    Hi! This scarf is so pretty that I’m attempting to make it even though I’m relatively new to both brioche and cabling. I seem to have too few stitches to complete the first cabling row – any chance I should be casting on 38 stitches rather than 26? Please let me know if I’m looking at this from the wrong angle! Thanks so much 🙂

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  17. sk2121 Says:

    i’m new to knitting cables so can someone tell me is row 11 supposed to be the same as row 23? i am confused with the order.

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  20. carolynsyarns Says:

    Can this be done in 2 colors?

  21. Saralyn Says:

    If you are on Ravelry you can look at the projects there and see that a few people have done it in two colors. I’m not familiar with 2-color brioche, so I don’t know exactly how it was done. If you are not on Ravelry, I encourage you to sign up at

  22. callianne4 Says:

    What cast on method did you use? I love the way yours looks, but mine never turns out like that.

    • Saralyn Says:

      I used a standard long-tail cast-on. Try experimenting with using a different sized needle for just the cast-on to get the effect you want (tighter or looser). Practice helps your cast-on to become more consistent.

    • Saralyn Says:

      It’s just a standard long-tail cast on.

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  26. Susan Croft Says:

    This is a great pattern. Once you get the brioche stitch down. It’s a piece of cake. (Coming from someone whose had years of experience with knitting).
    As for the number of stitches, those who don’t know it is of multiples of 12 +2 for the even numbered multiples, and 12+5 for all the odd multiples.

  27. Jacob Seifert Says:

    This is beautiful! Have you tried it with two colors? Would that be difficult to do?

    • Saralyn Says:

      I haven’t done a two color version myself. I encourage you to look at the projects on Ravelry. Lots of versions, including a few two color versions with project notes.

  28. Susan Croft Says:

    This is a great pattern for reversible scarves. The number of stitches is multiples of 8 + 2 edge stitches.
    Two coloured brioche is beautiful and once you know the tips and tricks. There isn’t much to it. I would suggest looking up Nancy Marchant, she has done a book on two coloured brioche, it covers everything from basic two coloured up to patterns for scarves and shawls.

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  30. Lisa Watkins Says:

    Hi – I know there haven’t been comments on this in a long time, but I’ve discovered that if I follow the pattern the cables aren’t correct. I have deleted one repeat so that on row 22 I follow as the pattern states. The other alternative would be to repeat row 11 at row 23.

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