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Free Pattern – Third Law Scarf

Hello, all! I’m so happy to offer you guys my first ever free pattern, the Third Law Scarf!

Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Third Law Scarf is named for this concept, as it’s completely reversible, with each side equal in shape and directionally opposite.

The Third Law Scarf is a simple, beautiful accessory celebrating the loveliness of knitted cables. Knitters who already love cables will be excited to add these fully reversible cable motifs to their repertoires, perfect for scarves, blankets, and more!

I hope you’ll enjoy this pattern—read below to get started!

LEVEL:intermediate
TECHNIQUES:knit, purl, cabling
SIZE: approx. 55 inches long and 5½ inches wide

Materials

YARN:approx. 480 yards light worsted yarn (pictured is the worsted merino wool from Darn Good Yarn)
NEEDLES:4 mm (US size 6)
MISC:cable needle, darning needle
GAUGE:approx. 33 stitches and 32 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) knit in pattern

Abbreviations

Kknit
Ppurl
C12BRcross 12 back, ribbed *
C16BRcross 16 back, ribbed *
C16FRcross 16 front, ribbed *
C12FRcross 12 front, ribbed *

* NOTE: see the how to section at the end of this pattern for details

Directions

Cast on 54 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.

NOTE: make any adjustments to width via gauging (different sized yarn or needles), rather than via number of stitches cast on.

Row 1: [K1, P1] 6 times. K3. [K1, P1] 12 times. K3. [K1, P1] 6 times.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Repeat row 1.
Row 3: [K1, P1] 6 times. K3. C16BR. [K1, P1] 4 times. K3. [K1, P1] 6 times.
Row 5: C12BR. K3. [K1, P1] 12 times. K3. C12FR.
Row 7: [K1, P1] 6 times. K3. [K1, P1] 4 times. C16FR. K3. [K1, P1] 6 times.

Repeat rows 1-8 until the scarf measures approximately 55 inches long (or to desired length), ending on row 8. Bind off in row 1 pattern.

How To

To achieve a reversible cable pattern, rather than knitting standard cables using the stockinette stitch, this pattern uses ribbed cables. How this works is that on each side of the work, the knit half of the ribbed stitch pops out, and the purl half “retreats,” becoming invisible in the work unless purposefully stretched. For that reason, the cable twists appear half as wide as the number of stitches suggests. For directions on each of the crosses used in this pattern, see below:

Cross 12 Back, Ribbed (C12BR): Place the next 6 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold them behind the work. Work the next 6 stitches from the left needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 3 times. Then, work the stitches from the cable needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 3 times.

Cross 16 Back, Ribbed (C16BR): Place the next 8 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold them behind the work. Work the next 8 stitches from the left needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 4 times. Then, work the stitches from the cable needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 4 times.

Cross 16 Front, Ribbed (C16FR): Place the next 8 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold them in front of the work. Work the next 8 stitches from the left needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 4 times. Then, work the stitches from the cable needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 4 times.

Cross 12 Front, Ribbed (C12FR): Place the next 6 stitches on the cable needle, and hold them in front of the work. Work the next 6 stitches from the left needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 3 times. Then, work the stitches from the cable needle in the following pattern: [K1, P1] 3 times.


I hope that you guys will enjoy this pattern and that you have the opportunity to learn about reversible cables. Let me know if you have any questions. If you post your work on Instagram, make sure to tag @sosknittingcompany and #thirdlawscarf! Happy knitting!