With this scarf I have developed a sort of love-hate relationship and I’m really glad it’s done. For one I am no longer sure if I like the pattern then I kept making mistakes and then I thought I didn’t have enough wool which was a worry plaguing me for the majority of it. But let’s take a step back to the beginning.
A couple of weeks ago I was discussing a scarf with my grandma. She wanted to knit one based on one she had had before and explained the pattern to me. I didn’t understand it until I had tried it out myself and wrote the pattern down which took the better part of the evening and also involved looking on Ravelry, but it’s hard looking for something when you don’t know what you’d call it.
Liking the result myself, and completely procrastinating a project I had almost finished but which needed a couple of rows of unravelling, I decided it would be the perfect pattern for these two balls of Hundertwasser wool I had for years and never really knew what to do with. Cue several quickly unravelled attempts due to making mistakes or realising the scarf wasn’t wide enough. Then I realised that I didn’t like the way the scarf looked with the wool – both gorgeous, but not suited for each other as they both didn’t shine as much as they could. So I got this BellaLana ‘sorbet’ wool instead [75% virgin wool, 25% polyamid] and it suits the overall much better. With this I would recommend a wool which doesn’t have colours that distract too much from the stripes which come through quite nicely.
I do like the overall result – I have chosen an even 50 stitches with ten intervals of five as that works well with the dimensions. An earlier version for example had 60 stitches with six intervals of ten which personally made the ‘stripes’ a little bit too thick. However, this is super versatile and can be adjusted either way.
This whole pattern is deceptively simple – for the most part you’re knitting x knit followed by the same amount purl and you repeat that over and over. But each row is slightly different and it’s so easy to not pay enough attention and knit or omit an extra stitch here and there which may require several rows of unravelling. Overall I am very pleased with the final result, but I won’t be knitting another one of these any time soon!
If you would like to make this, here is my pattern. You can cast on any number of stitches, as long as you can split them into an even number of intervals. This pattern assumes you are doing 6 stitches per interval with an even number of intervals. If you’d like to do something which isn’t a multiple of 6 then it’s really easy to change as you will have a gist of the pattern within a few rows and can easily adjust. I’d probably suggest doing a swatch of this 6 stitch pattern first.
- Cast on any number of stitches that can be divided by 12.
- Row 1: K6, *P6, K6,* P6 [Repeat between ** until end]
- Row 2: K5, *P6, K6,* P6, K1
- Row 3: P2, *K6, P6,* K6, P4
- Row 4: K3, *P6, K6,* P6, K3
- Row 5: P4, *K6, P6,* K6, P2
- Row 6: K1, *P6, K6,* P6, K5
- Row 7: P6, *K6, P6,* K6
- Row 8: P5, *K6, P6,* K6, P1
- Row 9: K2, *P6, K6,* P6, K4
- Row 10: P3, *K6, P6,* K6, P3
- Row 11: K4, *P6, K6,* P6, K2
- Row 12: P1, *K6, P6,* K6, P5
- Knit until you have your desired length and then cast off.