Achernar: Cabled Scarf Knitting Pattern

Achernar, a cabled scarf

Achernar features delicate, interlocking cables worked in a sport-weight yarn. This medium-sized scarf looks great with the Shedir hat in Knitty’s breast cancer awareness mini-issue.

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  • 01/11/2009: The pattern instructions and chart have been significantly re-worked.
  • 12/30/2006: Error in Pattern B fixed.

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Achernar, a cabled scarf

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 6"/15 cm wide x 54"/135 cm long w/o fringe

Yarn: Gedifra Cashmerino (58% merino wool, 30% acrylic, 12% superwash cashmere; 146 yds/135 m per 1¾ oz/50 g), shown in #1446; 3 skeins

A note on yarn substitution: This pattern looks best if it is aggressively blocked open to highlight the cables and reduce the fabric’s natural tendency to curl. When choosing a substitute yarn, make sure to choose one that can be blocked; yarns with a higher percent of acrylic may not work well for this pattern.

This pattern would be great for beginning knitters ready to move into more complicated territory, or for experienced knitters who want something relaxing, but not boring to knit. Given the number of cables in the pattern, it’s recommended that you know how to cable without a cable needle, or you could use this pattern to practice! This pattern includes:

  • Beginner-to-intermediate cables—all cable patterns are easily-memorized 8-row repeats and are provided in both chart and written form
  • Blocking

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  1. Maria says:

    I am confused, what do you mean ‘work knits and purls as they face you’? k the knits and p the purls or what?

  2. Bonnie says:

    What are the abbreviations T2F and T2B?

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      T2F and T2B stand for twist 2 front and twist 2 back, respectively.

      The key to chart and pattern abbreviations is on the last page of the
      pattern pdf.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Sandy says:

    What does “M1″ on row 3 of the set up ribbing mean?


  4. Roberta Wilcox says:

    Started the Achernar cabled scarf… pattern #2 is no complete. What do i do?
    Roberta wilcox

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    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Roberta, what do you mean that the pattern “isn’t complete”? Is the file corrupted and the rest of it not showing up? If so, try downloading a fresh copy.