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Knit a Cozy and Colorful Scarf

Knit a Cozy and Colorful Scarf

We find knitting is a nice distraction while recuperating and you want something to show for all the television you watched. With that in mind, we asked knitter extraordinaire Sunday Holm to design a scarf pattern for us.



Skill Level: For Adventurous Beginners 

Finished Measurements: 6.5" x 67"

Gauge:  Not important. Just don’t pull the yarn too tightly when slipping the stitch.

Yarn: Color A: 2 Skeins Noro Silk Garden, 220 yards (Color 279, pictured)
           Color B: Worsted weight Solid Color, 220 yards 

Supplies: Size 9 needle
                  Marker (optional)

Pattern: Cast on 40 stitches with Color A. Knit 1 row.

Row 1: Color A. Knit 1, *Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front. Knit 1. Repeat from * to last stitch, Knit 1.

Row 2: Color A. Knit 1, *Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back, P1, Repeat from * to last stitch, Knit 1.

Row 3: Color B. As Row 1

Row 4: Color B. As Row 2

Repeat until work is desired length, or your yarn is almost gone. Knit one row. Bind Off.

Block. Weave in the ends.

Notes:
  • To slip a stitch purlwise, insert your right needle into the next stitch on your right needle as if to purl. Slip the stitch, unworked, to your right needle.

  • This pattern is endlessly customizable. I used Worsted Weight with size 9 needles. If you use a different weight of yarn, cast on fewer stitches for a heavier yarn or more stitches for a lighter weight yarn. Just be sure that you cast on an even number of stitches. The yarn label will recommend a needle size. Go up a needle size, as this pattern results in a firm fabric.

  • Noro Silk Garden is a lush, mohair blend yarn with long repeats of interesting color changes. I love it in this pattern. Other interesting yarns to use would be Tosh Merino (beautiful color combinations), Rhythm by Jojoland or Classy Cashmere by Dream in Color. Two contrasting solid colors of Cashmere yarn would be soft and sumptuous.

  • I suggest placing a marker to denote the right side of your work until the pattern is easy to distinguish. You know that it is a wrong side row if you have both color stitches on your needle.

  • You will not need to cut the yarn for each color change. At the beginning of the row, just pick up the appropriate color to use and let the other dangle until you need it again.


Sunday Holm is a knitting teacher, knitwear designer, and the author of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Green Sweater Pattern. When she is not knitting, she is thinking about knitting. Her Ravelry name is Somuchyarn.