Skills: Knit and purl, decreases and increases
Width: 6.5 inches
Length: 40 inches
For the main yarn (wider stripes), choose a fingering weight or lightweight yarn that will look attractive as a gathered stripe.
For the secondary yarn (thinner stripes), choose a DK weight or heavier yarn to contrast with the lightweight yarn.
Pictured: 2 skeins of Koigu premium merino or other fingering weight yarn, 50 g/175 yards for each skein
1.5 skeins of Berrocco Palace wool/silk or other DK weight yarn, 50 g/103 yards for each skein
Needles and Notions
US size 7 (4.5mm) needles
US size 2 (2.75mm) needles
Tapestry needle (to weave in ends)
|K2tog||Knit 2 stitches together|
|St st||Stockinette stitch|
o Choose two yarns of differing weights to ensure you get a nice “gathered” effect.
o Use two needle sizes, one that you would normally use for the lightweight yarn and one for the heavier weight yarn. But, in this pattern, you use the smaller needles with the heavier yarn and the larger needles with the lighter yarn — this allows you to achieve the ruched look.
o The stitches used are garter (for the heavier weight yarn) and stockinette (for the lighter weight yarn).
1. Using smaller needles and DK weight yarn, cast on 30 sts.
2. K next 4 rows. This produces a 4-row garter st stripe.
3. (RS) *Switch to larger needles and attach fingering weight yarn. K1, then K in front and back of each st across until the last st. K1.
Note: this increases the number of stitches for the fingering weight band, which helps to achieve the ruched look.
4. (WS) P across.
5. Knit the RS rows and purl the WS rows for next 4 rows. This produces a 6-row St st stripe. Carry the unused yarn (in this case, the DK weight yarn) along the edge of the scarf so the yarn is in the correct position to create the DK weight band.
6. (RS) Switch to smaller needles and the DK weight yarn. K1, then K2tog across until the last stitch. K1. This decreases the number of sts for the DK weight band.
7. (WS) K across.
8. K the next 2 rows. Carry the unused yarn (in this case, the fingering weight yarn) along the edge of the scarf so the yarn is in the correct position to create the fingering weight band.**
9. Cont in patt from * to ** until the piece measures 40 in.
10. End with a DK weight band. BO all sts. Weave in ends.
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