Bold and Bright Scarf

A striped scarf is the classic knitted item par excellence. And the scarf is the classic garment on which to practice stripes! (See it featured in the color insert.) This scarf pattern varies in texture as well as colors. You can follow the pattern given here by using the specific yarns we suggest, or you can substitute yarns from your own collection. Whatever you use will work.

Materials and vital statistics i Measurements: 7 inches x 54 inches i Yarn: Classic Elite Montera (50% llama/50% wool); 127 yards per 100 grams

  • Color A: 3321 Sage; 1 skein
  • Color B: 3853 Red; 1 skein
  • Color C: 3881 Green; 1 skein
  • Color D: 3852 Purple; 1 skein
  • Color E: 3898 Gold; 1 skein i Needles: One pair of size US 10 (6 mm) needles i Gauge: 4 stitches and 5 to 6 rows per 1 inch

Directions

Most of the color changes for this scarf occur when the RS is facing. Be on the alert, however, because some of the changes begin with the WS facing.

Using Color A, cast on 30 sts and work 6 rows in garter stitch (knit every row).

Begin stripe pattern as follows:

With Color A, work 8 rows in St st (knit on RS rows, purl on WS rows).

With Color B, work 2 rows in St st.

With Color C, work 2 rows in St st.

With Color D, work 6 rows in St st.

With Color E, work 4 rows in St st.

With Color A, work 7 rows in St st and 4 rows in garter stitch. With Color D, work 13 rows in St st.

With Color C, work 4 rows in St st and 6 rows in garter stitch.

With Color B, work 2 rows in St st.

With Color A, work 6 rows in St st.

With Color E, work 4 rows in St st.

With Color D, work 6 rows in St st.

With Color C, work 2 rows in St st.

With Color B, work 2 rows in St st.

With Color A, work 6 rows in St st.

Repeat the stripe pattern 2 more times for a total of three repeats.

End the scarf by working 6 rows in garter stitch in Color A.

Bind off.

Weave in the ends horizontally along color change lines. Finishing: Block the scarf (see Chapter 16 for blocking instructions).

Variations

Striped projects are easy to improvise on. The following variations are just a few ideas to get you going:

I Use yarns in different fibers and textures. They needn't be labeled for the same gauge, but it helps if their gauges are within half a stitch of each other.

I Use different stitch patterns in the different stripes. Try seed stitch (see Chapter 5) or one of its variations.

I Keep the color change sequence, but work the entire scarf in a rib or other single-pattern stitch.

I Play around with scale: For example, double or halve the number of rows in each stripe.

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