PART 1: ATTRACTIVE, LIGHTWEIGHT & WARM, TOO
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One of the local charities I knit for is the Oswego chapter of the Red
Cross. Last winter I discovered that scarves are among their most often
requested cold weather accessories, and they get very few donated to
distribute when such requests come in.
This got me thinking about scarves, how to make them more fun to knit, as
well as creating attractive, lightweight, and warm fabrics. I came up with
- each scarf should be reversible, that is, it should have no wrong
side and preferably be one whose two sides are identical or very
- the pattern stitch must be easy to remember so I don't have to
carry its instructions with me;
- the fabric must have some texture, in the form of pleats, welts, or
pockets, to help trap heat so I can use lighter weight yarns; and
- the scarf should be a bit out of the ordinary in looks.
I found a number of patterns which meet these criteria. Here are four of
my favorite reversible pattern stitches from this group. Using sport or
DK weight yarn and the size needle you would normally use for this yarn,
cast on 40-50 stitches (or around 30-36 for the Syncopated Brioche Stitch)
for a 5-7" wide scarf (unstretched) and knit until you reach your favorite
scarf length. Do not block; steam lightly only if necessary to retain as
much heat-trapping texture as possible. Fringe is optional.
- MISTAKE STITCH RIBBING -- Multiple of 4 sts + 3
Every row: * K2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
- SYNCOPATED BRIOCHE STITCH -- Even number of sts
Row 1 (preparation row) : * Yo, sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *.
Rows 2-7: * Yo, sl 1 wyib, k2tog; rep from *.
Rows 8-13: * Sl 1 wyif, yo, p2tog; rep from *.
Repeat Rows 2-13 to desired length.
Final row: *K1, p2tog; rep from *.
- MOCK KILTING STITCH -- Multiple of 7 sts
Rows 1 & 6: * P6, k1; rep from *.
Rows 2 & 5: * P2, k5; rep from *.
Rows 3 & 4: * P4, k3; rep from *.
Repeat Rows 1-6.
- GRAND PICOT EYELET -- Multiple of 3 sts + 4 edge
Row 1: K2, * sl 1-k2tog-psso, [yo] twice; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: K2, * [p1, k1] into the double yo, p1; rep from * to 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-3.
Part 2 of this series will focus
multi-colored reversible scarves.
Last Updated: June 28, 1998
Esther S. Bozak