Top 10 Countdown! #6: Tunisian Crochet – Cabled Scarf

 

Ouch!! I cringed a little (well, actually…a lot) when I saw this post on the Nikki, In Stitches Top 10 list.  Not because it’s not a good project (this is one of my favorite scarves and I continue to get compliments on it) but because the video I made for it is soooo boring!  What was I thinking back then?  Fortunately for all of you, I’ve added some humor and personality into my recent videos, but this one, you’ll have to force your way through.  So, so sorry!

Enjoy…again!

Nikki, In Stitches

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Tunisian Crochet – Cabled Scarf

March 9th, 2010

Lately, I’ve been loving the combination of white and gold.  Maybe I’ve been inspired by the Winter Olympics, and the backdrop of snow to the athletes winning gold?  Maybe its the ridiculous amount of white yarn that is in my stash?  Maybe its this adorable pair of shoes I bought months ago while I was pregnant and am now so happy that I can finally fit into?

Whatever the reason, I knew I wanted my next project to reflect my love for this color combo. After a few test runs with different yarn combinations, I found the perfect pairing to match my largest crochet hook, and came up with this scarf.  The Tunisian Crochet style lends itself perfectly to cold weather accessories.  It creates an extremely thick piece of fabric.  This scarf will keep you warm for many winters to come!

The pattern follows below, but since I know many of you are unfamiliar with Tunisian Crochet, I have also created a video tutorial to go along with it.

The video shows how to complete the five row cable repeat.  I hope it answers many of your questions.  I’m so excited to start incorporating videos into my posts and I hope you enjoy them!

Note: The method used in the pattern of adding a yo in the middle of your cable was developed by ARNie, author of The Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet.  She provides step-by-step directions on her website, www.ChezCrochet.com.  If you’ve got the Tunisian Crochet bug, as I do, I encourage you to look around the site.  There are great tutorials for more intricate stitches and patterns!

Enjoy!

Nikki, In Stitches


Materials:

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Fisherman – 130 yards

Gedifra Micro Chic yarn in White – 130 yards

Coats & Clark Knit-Cro-Sheen Metallic Crochet Cotton in Gold –  130 yards

Size Q Tunisian Crochet Hook

Stitch Holder, Double Pointed Knitting Needle, or Cable Needle to hold stitches while creating cable

Directions:

Chain 12.

Set-up Row: Insert hook under back loop of 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop.  *Insert hook under back loop of next ch, yo, pull up a loop.  Repeat from * across.  (12 loops on hook.)

Return Pass: Yo, draw through first loop on hook.  *Yo, draw through 2 loops on hook.  Repeat from * across.  (End with 1 loop on hook.)

Row 1: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 6 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (12 loops on hook.) RetP.

Row 2: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 6 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (12 loops on hook.) RetP.

Row 3: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 3 stitches, yo, TKS in the next 3 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (13 loops on hook.) RetP.

Row 4: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 3 stitches, yo, DO NOT work a stitch inthe yo space, TKS in the next 3 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (13 loops on hook.) RetP.

Row 5: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 3 stitches, move these 3 stitches to stitch holder and hold in front of work, DO NOT work a stitch in the yo space, TKS in next 3 stitches, slip 3 stitches on stitch holder back to crochet hook, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (12 loops on hook.) RetP.

Rows 6 – 70: Repeat Rows 1 through 5 13 times more.

Row 71: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 6 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (12 loops on hook.) RetP.

Row 72: TKS, TPS, TKS in the next 6 stitches, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop. (12 loops on hook.) RetP.

Fasten off.

Weave in all loose ends.

Block.

Abbreviations:

ch…chain

yo…yarn over

RetP…Return Pass

TKS…Tunisian Knit Stitch

TPS…Tunisian Purl Stitch

For links to tutorials for Tunisian Knit and Purl Stitches, please see my post: Tunisian Crochet – I’m Bringing It Back!

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9 Responses to Top 10 Countdown! #6: Tunisian Crochet – Cabled Scarf

  1. billie says:

    really appreciate your video and the directions for the cable…ready for a silly ??–reading the pattern and only count 8 stitches–tks, tps, tks x2, tps,tks=8 and can see from your directions that people who know what is going on end up with 12–so, if you have any idea what i am missing, please let me know (this pattern is essential in my new project)…

    and thanks for posting both directions and a video–
    b

    • Nikki says:

      No silly questions here, Billie!
      I think you just misread the the pattern! TKS, TPS, TKS x6!!, TPS, TKS, pick up front and back loops of last bar, yo, pull up a loop.
      If that doesn’t help, send me an email!
      Let us know how it goes!

  2. Frida Allertz says:

    Hi… thank yo for the video.. i was playing around yesterday and tried to figure out how to do a cable . (i cant knit so i had no help from there …)

    Is there more ways or versions of making cables…. maybe it shouldnt be so hard to use the knowledge i got from your video to making different kinds of cables but it would be helpful to get som tips and ideas of how to make other kinds of cables. :)
    /Thanks from Stockholm, Sweden

    • Nikki says:

      Frida,
      There is a great resource here: http://www.chezcrochet.com/
      The site is PACKED with info, so you might have to sort through a lot to find what you’re looking for, but that’s actually where I turn first when trying a new stitch…especially Tunisian crochet.
      Let me know if you find what you’re looking for.
      I have a few “yarn lovers” posts coming soon, so I might be able to help you there, too!

  3. Helen Free says:

    I need to learn Tunisian cables pdq to demonstrate at the Knit and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace in London next month. Your video is perfect, clear concise and not at all boring. Thank you!

    • Nikki says:

      Helen!
      Thank you so very much!!
      If you need a bit more help, or if you’d like to just learn about all the fabulous places Tunisian crochet can take you, I’m teaching an online class here on the site next month. Take a peek in the shop for details. I’d love to see you there! And good luck at the Knit and Stitch show!

  4. Virginia says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out this pattern for Tunisian cables and am confused with the directions that say you have 10 loops on the hook. If you cast on 10 and draw up the loops for that very first row, you have 10, fine. Then Row 1 says “TKS, TPS, etc.” and you will wind up with 10 loops. I was always told the last/first loop on the hook when you start a row is loop #1 and you then skip the first vertical bar. If I start the TKS, TPS, with the next vertical bar, I don’t have enough stitches to finish with the TPS, TKS, and through loops on last stitches. If I TKS in the first vertical bar, I wind up with 11 loops counting the first loop left on the hook from the previous row. What am I doing wrong?

    • Nikki says:

      Virginia!
      You are absolutely right! Chaining 10 did not give you enough room. Not sure what I was thinking, and I can’t believe no one’s called me out on the error before! SO SORRY!
      I *think* I’ve got it worked out now. Simply bumping up the number of cast on stitches to 12 was all that was necessary.
      But work through it for me and let me know we’re on the same page!

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