Friday, January 22, 2016

Free Crochet Owl Cabled Scarf

My younger daughter loves owls and I'm always looking for items that are owl related.  I came across a picture on pinterest a while back that was a crocheted hat with cabled owls on it.  It was my inspiration to come up with a cabled scarf, which I made for each of the girls for Christmas.   I'd only just started working with cables and it took me a little while to figure out how to do it.  But after four scarves, I think I got it down.  And while working on the fourth one, I wrote up the pattern.  Please, if you detect any errors, let me know.  A PDF version with additional pictures is available HERE.

(EDIT:  For those having trouble figuring out how to cross over to create the cable, I found this video by Annie's tutorials that may be helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV9dT1iCCts
She shows how to make the cable in one direction, however, to create the owls, you will need to work in both directions.  The 3rd row of the owl is actually created by 2 sets of cables next to each other.  Hope this helps)



  
Owl Cable Scarf





DK yarn – 2 - 100 g skeins
Size H crochet hook
8 small buttons for eyes

Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Trc – treble crochet
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Bpdc – back post double crochet
Fptrc – front post treble crochet
Bptrc – back post treble crochet

Cabled Owl Section 1

Chain 29

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn. Ch 2 counts as first dc.
Row 2: dc in each stitch. Ch 2, turn.

NOTE: The last dc of each row will be in the top of the ch 2 from previous row.

Row 3: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.

Example of working "behind" the previous 2 trc made

NOTE: It helps working in the skipped stitches if you hold down out of the way the 2 previously worked trc stitches.

Row 4: dc in next 3 stitches. Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Be careful not to skip the 2nd and 7th trc as they are somewhat hidden. Dc in next 4 stitches. Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: dc in next 3 stitches. Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 6-7: Repeat Row 4 and 5.
Row 8: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind previous 2 stitches, bptrc in the 2 skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of previous 2 bptrc, bptrc in each skipped stitch. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 9: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 10: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 11: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 12: dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 13: dc in next 27 stitches back loop only. Ch 2, turn.

Cabled Rows Section 2

Row 14: dc in next 3 stitches, bpdc in next 4 stitches. *Dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next 4 stitches*, repeat * to *. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 15: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip next 2 stitches, fptrc in next 2, working in front of previous 2 stitches, fptrc in each skipped stitch, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 16: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 17: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 18: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip next 2 stitches, bptrc in next 2, working in front of previous 2 stitches, bptrc in each skipped stitch, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 19: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 20: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 21-140: Repeat rows 15-20 until desired length.

Cabled Owl Section 3

Row 141: dc in 27 stitches back loop only. Ch 2, turn.
Row 142: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind previous 2 stitches, bptrc in the 2 skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of previous 2 bptrc, bptrc in each skipped stitch. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 143: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 144: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 145: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind the last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of the last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row146: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row147: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 148-149: Repeat rows 146 and 147.
Row 150: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 stitches, bptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, bptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 151: dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 152: dc in next 27 stitches. Tie off.

Add fringe to each end. I used 4 strands of 12 inch yarn pieces to make each fringe. Sew on buttons for eyes.



24 comments:

  1. Wonderful design! I love the cabled owls . . . all the cables! Thank uou for the pattern!

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  2. love the scarf! I am having trouble with row 3, fptc "behind" the 1st 2 fptc, are there any tutorials available for that procedure, please? Thanks!

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    1. When you go back to fptc in the skipped stitches, you will either work behind or in front of the two you just made. It is a little tricky working around those 2 stitches, but it's what creates the cross over to create the cable. If I find a tutorial...I'll add it here. Thanks for stopping by and giving the pattern a try!

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    2. Having trouble understanding row 3 also.

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV9dT1iCCts
      Hope this video helps. Just remember to create the owls, you will have to work one set of cables in one direction and the other in the opposite direction. In the video,she shows working the cable "in front" of the 2 tc made. In the owl pattern, you will need to work some "behind" those 2 tc so that the cables run opposite each other to form the bottom of the owl. I hope this helps.

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    4. I had trouble with row 3, also. Once I figured it out I re-wrote it to my understanding. Hope this helps: Row 3: Dc in the next 3 Sts. *Skip 2 sts and fptrc around the next 2 sts. Working behind the two post just made, fpdc around 1st skipped post st, fpdc around 2nd skipped post st. Skip 2 Sts and fptrc around next 2 Sts. Working in front of the two post just made, fpdc around 1st skipped post st, fpdc around 2nd skipped post st. Dc in next 4 Sts*. Repeat from * to *. Ch 2, turn.

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  3. I am on row 4. Bpdc in next 8 sts...those are the two/two from the previous row?? The 2nd trc one was the 3rd trc we made on row 3??? Each fpdc is one stitch. It just didn't look "right" going to keep trying!!!!

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    1. I hope you were able to figure it out. Yes, you are making 8 bpdc in the previous row's 8 trc which creates the body of the owl.

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  4. This so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic pattern! I am so grateful! I can't wait to make a few of these for friends and family. It is so kind of you to share your talent. God bless you! Have a wonderful day!

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  5. 2 skeins of DK ... what size skein please and thank you

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    1. 100 g skeins! Thank you...didn't think about that!

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  6. Hello, a m I allowed to make and sell this if I link back to here?

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    1. Sure...thanks for asking. And a link would be awesome but not required!!

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  7. It is such a wonderful feeling to finally understand this pattern. It was difficult in the beginning, thank you so much for this beautiful pattern.

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    1. So glad you were able to figure it out and enjoyed it.

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  8. How sideways your scarf? I have started this pattern and i am realizing mine is a bit wide. I still love it though and will finish this one, thinking I mY use a softer yarn on my second scarf. so cute!thank you for sharing your pattern!

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    1. Oops sorry, somehow I missed this one back in November. My scarf's width is approximately 6 inches, but I used a fairly thin yarn in UK terms it is DK.

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  9. I made this scarf for my oldest grandaughter, for Christmas, I know she will love it! Thank you so Very much! I also had trouble at the beginning but after I read your tip on holding the stitches out of the way I got it right! It made ALL the difference! I can't wait to see her face when she opens it. Thank you and Bless you for sharing!

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    1. Hope she loves it! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Is this scarf done using worsted weight yarn?

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    1. It was a DK (Double Knit) yarn which in US terms would be close to a Light Worsted

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