Dad’s Sharfik

©2005,, copyright details at bottom of page.

sharfik n. 1 a soft, luxurious scarf I knit for my father, exactly following his 381 specifications 2 a scarf pattern which combines broken rib and loosely-crossed cables 3 the diminutive of “scarf” in Russian, such as “little scarf” or “scarfy-poo” [Russ шарф scarf] 4 a free knitting pattern for a manly cabled scarf :).

Difficulty level: intermediate


  • Karabella Aurora 8, 100% merino wool, 98 yds / 90 m per skein, color #1362 (Kangaroo): 4 skeins for scarf alone, or 5 for scarf with fringe

        or substitute approximately 400 yards (more for fringe and/or longer length) of another worsted weight yarn

  • US 7 / 4.5 mm needles or size appropriate for your yarn
  • cable or double-pointed needle (or click here to learn how to cable without the aid of an additional needle)
  • crochet hook for optional fringe

Finished size: 53" long and 6.5" wide after blocking


CO: cast on; BO: bind off; st(s): stitch(es); k: knit; p: purl; RS: right side; WS: wrong side.

3/3LC: slip 3 sts to dpn/cable needle and hold in front, k3, then k3 from dpn/cable needle.

Sharfik repeat:

Worked over 10 rows:

Rows 1, 3, 7, 9 (RS):    k2, *p2, k6, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, rep. from *, p2, k6, p2, k2.

Row 5 (RS):    k2, *p2, 3/3LC, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, rep. from *, p2, 3/3LC, p2, k2.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (WS):    k1, p1, *k2, p6, k2, p7, rep. from *, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1.


CO 48 sts. (Optional: work a WS row if you need a return row).  Start sharfik repeat, and work until scarf measures the desired length or you’ve run out of yarn, ending with row 10. BO all sts in pattern. Weave in ends and block lightly. (Optional: attach fringe).

Copyright information:  1.  Contact me ( with all
questions pertaining to the copyright.  2.  This copyright notice must remain intact on every printed pattern.  3.  You may use this pattern for your personal fiber pursuits as long as no profit is made from distribution of the pattern or the sharfiks :).