Tunisian Crochet – Cabled Scarf

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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16 Responses to Tunisian Crochet – Cabled Scarf

  1. J Marie Hicks says:

    I was wondering if you have a version of the Tunsian Cable video that could be emailed, in a format that would save and run on my computer. I like to save the video for later reference, and sometimes the You Tube videos aren’t available to run at a much later date… I instruct individuals who do regular crochet in the art of Tunisian crochet, on a purely voluntary basis (not paid). I would find this video to be a valuable addition to my collection of reference materials.

  2. Lee Wilson says:

    I just love this pattern and love to do tunisian. I had a question about this pattern. Do you hold all 3 strands together throughout this pattern? I would think you do but thought i would ask to make sure.

    Thanks again for sharing this beautiful pattern. I am making this for my co-worker for her B-Day.

    Lee

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Lee,
      Yes, hold all three strands together. Its a little tricky at the beginning, but you’ll quickly get used to it. Just be sure that when you insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, etc. you are always picking up all three strands.
      Send us pics when you’re finished!

  3. Cindy says:

    Nikki,
    Thank you so much for sharing this info and for using the pink yarn for the demo.
    These “free” little vids really help us newbies and I am sooo very thankful for people like yourself that take the time and effort to make these.
    I came here because I commented on a members scarf on Yahoo TC group and she said she taught herself from watching your vid.
    I can see why, you are very good at what you do and taught this VERY WELL.
    VERY HAPPY TO WATCH YOU!!!!
    Cheers, Cindy :o)

  4. Orion says:

    been looking for something interesting to do with Tunisian, thanks for the idea. Heres my take on it;

    http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/3841/camerazoom2010100623061.jpg

  5. Orion says:

    If you mean the part at the bottom of the picture, its unintentional. I cant seem to avoid having the first row or two curl forward when I do Tunisian, thats what that is. The colors I did using 2 strands of yarn and only pulling up one color at a time where necessary.

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  7. jojo says:

    merci ma belle tu es douee bises jojo

    (Thank you, dear. You are so talented. Kisses, JoJo)

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  10. Shirley says:

    Can this pattern be made using worsted weight yarn?

    Thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Shirley,
      This pattern can really work with almost any yarn, just keep in mind that lighter weights, will yield you a thinner scarf. You may need to add a few stitches to each side, to widen it back up, if that’s the style you prefer.
      I hope this helps!

  11. Elizabeth Sampson says:

    I love Tunisian crochet .
    loved your cable scarf. practicing . hope to make a scarf soon.

    Question How can I get the cable Tunisian crochet book and also other books.
    thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Elizabeth!
      I’m so happy you like my scarf!
      Tunisian Crochet books can be hard to find. I would look online because you probably won’t find many options at your local craft store. The other great place to find them is at Yarn Expo’s. Just bring your wallet…there will be so many other goodies there you’ll want to buy!!

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