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Anthropologie-Inspired Bobble Cable Ascot

by Kayla K on January 7, 2010

I’ve recently discovered Anthropologie through Mommy Outfit posts on Samster Mommy.  I adore this company from afar as a store does not exist within a 200 mile radius of either of my homes.  And, even if they were close by I couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on clothes that look like great thrift store finds.  Great thrift store finds.

Anyway, I fell in love with a scarf on Anthropologie that I thought I could duplicate.  And I did, using yarn from an old sweater.  I wrote this pattern (and tested it!) so you can enjoy it too.  I’ll wear one scarf and stash the tester for Compact-friendly gifting.


Bobble Cable Ascot


Worsted weight yarn (I used acrylic yarn from an unraveled sweater)

(1) pair US size 10 knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

(1) US size 10 double pointed needle

Cable needle

Stitch holder or scrap yarn


4 stitches in garter stitch= 1”

Special Abbreviations

C3L= Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle, hold to front, K 3, K 3 from cable needle.

M 1= Make 1


To Work Bobble

K, P, K, P into next stitch, turn, P 4, turn, (P 2 tog) twice, turn, K 2 tog.


Cast on 10.

Row 1: K 2, P 6 (this is the cable), K 2.

Rows 2 & 4: K 1, M 1, K to end.

Row 3 and all odd numbered rows: K 1, M 1, K to cable, P 6, K to end.

Row 6: K 1, M 1, K 2, work bobble, C3L, K to end.

Rows 8 & 10: K 1, M 1, K to end.

Row 12: K 1, M 1, K 6, C3L, work bobble, K to end.

Rows 14& 16: K 1, M 1, K to end.

Row 18: K 1, M 1, K 8, work bobble, C3L, K to end.

Row 20: Knit.

Row 21: K 11, P 6, K 11.

Repeat rows 20 and 21 once more.

Row 24: K 11, C3L, K 11.

Rows 25, 27, 29 & 31: K 11, P 3, K 14.

Rows 26, 28 & 30: Knit.

Divide for ribbing slot

Row 32: (K1, Sl next st to DPN held to back of work) across.

Continue to work on stitches on right side of work.

Work in K 1, P 1, ribbing for 15 rows, ending with wrong side row.  Slip these stitches to a stitch holder.  Do not cut yarn.

Working off stitches held on DPN, attach new ball of yarn and work in K 1, P 1 ribbing for 15 rows.  Cut yarn.

Using yarn from first ribbing piece worked (K 1 from stitch holder, K 1 from back ribbing piece) across.

Work main body of scarf

Row 1 and all wrong side rows: K 11, P 6, K 11.

Rows 2 & 4: Knit.

Row 6: K 10, work bobble, C3L, K 11.

Rows 8 & 10: Knit.

Row 12: K 11, C3L, work bobble, K 10.

Rows 14 & 16: Knit.

Row 18: K 11, C3L, K 11.

Rows 20-24: Same as for 14-18.

Repeat rows 1-24 four or five times more and rows 14-16 once more.

The scarf shown used five repeats.  To create a closer fitting ascot use only four repeats.


Row 1: (wrong side) (K 2 tog, P 2 tog) across.

Row 2: (K 1, P 1) across.

Repeat Row 2 (12) times, ending with wrong side row.

Next Row: K and P into each stitch across for 28 stitches total.

End of Scarf

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (Wrong Side): K 14, P 3, K 11.

Rows 2, 4, and 6: Knit

Row 8: K 11, C3L, K 11.

Row 9: K 11, P 6 (this is the cable), K 11.

Row 10: Knit.

Repeat rows 9 & 10 once.

Row 13: K 11, P 6, K 11.

Row 14: K 1, K 2 tog, K 7, work bobble, C3L, K to end.

Row 15 and all odd rows from here: K 1 K 2 tog, K to cable, P 6, K to end.

Rows 16 & 18: K 1, K 2 tog, K to end.

Row 20: K 1, K 2 tog, K 5, C3L, work bobble, K to end.

Rows 22 & 24: Same as for 16 and 18.

Row 26: K 1, K 2 tog, K 1, work bobble, C3L, K to end.

Row 28: K1, K2 tog, K across.

Row 30: Bind off.


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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jo January 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Please add my name to possible receiptiants of the wonderful scarf…XO mom

2 Liya January 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

I love your version of this scarf. I too made an attempt at recreating the ascot. I’m going for try number two shortly.

3 Carrie February 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

I loved this at Anthropologie. Congratulations on figuring this out. I don’t know how to knit. Would you be interested in selling me one?

4 Kayla K February 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

Sure, if I ever get an Etsy shop up and running. I’ll keep you posted. :)

5 jony February 18, 2010 at 12:50 am

i find your website incredible!!!
your mother should be very proud of you!
have any good ideas for my shop … called SimplyScarfs?
i knit all of them.

6 Debt Consolidation February 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I write a music blog for my audience research class. I’m new to blogging and I want them to be good! So any advice you guys could give me would be great

7 Melanie March 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Hi! I like your pattern very much. I’m a beginer though and i wonder if you could send me the pattern without the cable part. I would like to make one for my mom.

Thank you!

8 Melanie March 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Sorry… my e-mail is :

9 Webmasterdept April 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

We made good, I’ll use it.

10 Ann Niemczyk August 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

I enjoyed making the Bobble Cable Ascot. My friend enjoyed getting it as a gift.She
never knitted or crocheted and was amazed to see how easy it was to make the ascot.

11 Rose Arnst October 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I have made around 29 of these scarfs and love the pattern. I change the pattern of the cable every now and then just to make them look different.

Carrie, did you ever get one of these? I would be happy to sell you one and mail it to you. email me at

12 Rose Arnst October 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

made many of these and changed cable on some.
carrie, if still interested in purchasing, email me

13 Jean Roepke November 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I really like the Anthropologie-Inspired Bobble Cable Ascot , butI do not what M1 means. I have been knitting for a little while and getting fairly good but I have never heard of that stitch or how to do it, can you give me any instructions or help ?

14 Kayla K November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

“M 1″ means “make one.” It is an increase stitch.

15 Peggie December 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I would love to make this and have been knitting for years, but I can’t understand what M1 means. I know you said “Make 1″, but it’s as clear as mud to me. I don’t even care if it has a cable stitch, even though I like it, I just want to understand the pattern. Thanks for you help with this, I’m about to start cancer treatments and thought this might help pass the time away while doing them.

16 Esther December 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I have been knitting for nearly 38 yrs, and have never heard of M1 for an abbreviation for increasing. I have only seen it as “inc”.

17 Esther December 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I have been knitting a good many years and have never heard of an “inc” being abbreviated make 1.

18 Isabella January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

I am trying to knit this bubble scarf having trouble after knitting the 15 rows .can you explain the next step row 32 how to get back to continue knitting .There is one stitch on the dpn .I am waiting for your reply. Isabella

19 crochetmary January 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This is a great resource….to see a video on how to accomplish a ‘Make 1′, scroll down the list to the section on ‘M1′. Also, you can see a few other videos so that you will see the difference between ‘increases (left or right slanting) and ‘make 1′ (left or right slanting).
Hope that this helps….

20 Kayla K January 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

For row 32, Knit one stitch with the regular needles, and slip the next stitch to a double pointed needle held to the back of your work. Do this all of the way across. Do not knit the stitches on the DPN, just continue to work on the stitches on your regular needles.
I hope this helps?

21 Isabella January 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Kayla k,
I knit 15 rows on the regular needles with this 1 stitch on the dpn at the back now I still have the one stitch on the dpn and do not know what to do next..Please help

22 Kayla K January 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

You knit one, slip one to the DPN all of the way across. You should have an equal number of stitches on the working needles and DPN. After you have finished knitting the 15 rows, attach yarn to the DPN and work those stitches as described later on in the pattern.

23 Isabella January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hello Kayla K ,
Thanks for the information.I now understand the explanation.Isabella

24 Lourdes Perales January 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I have tried to follow the pattern but I do not have 11 stiches in every side for row 21. What am I doing wrong?

25 Christine Rose January 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi, I’m interested in making the Anthropologie-Inspired bobble Cable Ascot. Could you please tell me what M1 – Make 1 means. I’m not familiar with that term. After casting on 10, Row 1 – K2, P6, K2. Row 2 – K1, M1, K to end. Thank you.

26 Kayla K January 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Make one means to increase one stitch.

27 Linh June 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

Dear Kayla!
I like this bobble scarf a lot. Try to make one, But I am get lost at row 32. I slip in to DPN, then make 15 row of ribs. i am only have 18 stitches left . How can I get back to 28 stitches. i do not know how to connect from there to start the main scarf.Please explain to me more .
thanks a lot for your instruction!

28 Carol W August 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

So sorry, what is M 1? I love the scarf and want to make it, but am stumped by this, I have been knitting for over 50 years and never have seen this direction.

29 Carol Wendel August 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

The directions state M l =make l. I am not familiar with that direction,

30 Carol Wendel August 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Is it possible for someone to explain how to do the M l direction which is explained as Make l

31 Brenda September 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

My friends and i at our knitting group have knitted this but without the cable. I dont know where i got the original pattern from (My mum most likely) when she was alive but i found it easy to do but will now try with the cable in for a new look.
With regards to Carols question M1 means make one by picking up the loop between the 2 stitches and knitting it. Hope it helps

32 Polly September 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

One worsted weight skein or two or ????

33 Denise Clennell September 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Alot of people are having trouble with M1. Pick up the bar between 2 sts put it on left hand needle and knit in to back of st.

34 Diane Maiorano October 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Nice pattern,but will not be able to knit this unless I have a copy, any chance of getting a print friendly version?

35 Karin December 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Hi Kayla — I just wanted to let you know I love this scarf. It makes great gift knitting and I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to figure it all out and make it available for free — very generous of you. I have just started a blog and posted the link to your wonderful pattern there. Please feel free to drop by.

36 Karin December 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Hi again — I just relealized, I have the post that mentions your blog/link scheduled for Monday, so if you stop by and don’t see it, that’s why. I’m new to all this. Have a great day.

37 Jeanne October 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

Love the look of the ascot, but don’t understand the pattern. I don’t understand what they mean when they say turn and knit and pearl in the same stitch.


38 Mimi25boyz April 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

A printer-friendly version would be nice! Do you have a PDF?

39 kathy August 2, 2013 at 6:24 am

Please send me this wonderful pattern but without the cable as I am a beginner in nknitting. Perhaps i could make it on a round loom knitter? Sincerely Kathy

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