Monday, February 26, 2007



First I thought it was Great Adirondack yarns, then I thought it was Kona Superwash, Hand Dyed by Woolbearers, but I'm not sure now.
3.75mm / US 5 needles

Used short rows to make side ruffles – didn't want to pick up sts afterward to make edge ruffles. This was the very last skein of yarn I bought at Stitches East 2006, and the first skein from that shopping extravaganza that I've used. When I saw it, I adored the feel and colors. Now I'm glad I was so weak!

And I learned something new – blocking can make a difference. Uh-huh, late to the game as usual (and you have no idea how apt that phrase is!). It's not that I didn't know blocking's importance, and that I've never blocked before. But it sure seems I haven't – maybe I've been blocking the wrong yarns and stitch patterns.

I finished this garter stitch scarf, wondering if it was too dense. After soaking and then drying flat on the ironing board, the garter stitch relaxed and it's now perfect.

We had more snow here yesterday and I was thrilled – winter's sticking around just so I can wear my scarf! So sorry if you're waiting for spring cotton tanks, I'll let go of winter soon enough.

Click here to download a free pdf of the pattern.

Click here for a German translation of the pattern on a German Web site. Thanks go to Angela Muhlpfordt for the translation.

Note: kf&b = knit into the front and then the back of one stitch (increases 1 stitch OR creates 2 stitches out of 1)
CO 90 sts. [8 + 74 + 8]

Knit 16 rows.

Next row: k8, k2tog * 37 , k8. [8 + 37 + 8]

Repeat the following 7 rows for the length of the scarf:
Row 1: Knit all sts, turn.
Row 2: K4, turn.
Row 3: YO, k4, turn.
Row 4: K4, k2tog (yo and next st), k3, turn.
Row 5: YO, k8, turn.
Row 6: K8, k2tog (yo and next st), knit to the end of the row.
Row 7: Knit all sts, turn.

Next row: k8, kf&b * 37, k8. [8 + 74 + 8]

Knit 16 rows.

BO all 90 sts.


Jessica said...

Yay! Very cute.
Blocking is a beautiful thing!

chicagobeav said...

Can you please clarify the ruffled scarf pattern for a new knitter? It appears if I knit rows 1 - 6, the ruffles are on just one side, but the picture shows ruffles on both sides. Thanks for your help. I love this pattern.

PJ said...

I have the same Q as the previous poster. How do we get the ruffle on the other side? I am also a new knitter. Thanks!

chicagobeav said...

Just add one more row of knit stitches, so the pattern is 7 rows. That will put the ruffle on opposite sides.

Tenacious said...

I'm so sorry if the pattern is confusing!

Originally, I did miss one row - thanks, chicagobeav! - so I added on Row 7 with the one more row of knit stitches.

If it helps: whichever side you want the ruffles on, start on that side with Row 2 and work through (and including) Row 6.

You will end up on the other side at the end of Row 6.

Working Row 7, then Row 1, is just 2 rows of knit stitch. Then you start the ruffle on the other side.

If you want the edges to be super-ruffley? Skip 7 and 1, and just do 2-6 over and over.

I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a question. What do you mean when you say (yo & next st)? Does that mean I am supposed to do a regular yarn over or is it something else?

Vivien Young said...

hi, love your ruffled scarf. I want to knit one but can't understand this 'yo & next stitch'. Could you please help me and thanks!