The Popsicle Scarf

I had 1 skein of Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in “Natural Green” colourway — what to do, what to do? Well, I was trying out some pattern stitches and thought I’d share this one because I thought it suited the yarn really well.

The yarn is a little splitty, so take care that you knit individual stitches and not catch threads from another stitch. This is especially important because of those “dropped stitch” sections. They won’t unravel well if you’ve snagged the yarn.

1 skein will make about a 24″ [60cm] long scarf, 4 – 4 1/2 ” [10 – 11.5cm] wide; perfect size for a neck warmer!

For a longer scarf you’ll need 2 (or more) skeins.

If you wish to make a wider scarf, add stitches in multiples of 8; so, instead of the 28sts, you could cast on 36 sts or 44 sts. Making a wider scarf means that 1 skein will give you less length, so you’ll need at least 2 skeins for even a 24″ [60cm]scarf.

Directions

Cast on 28 sts on 5.5mm [US9] needles

Knit 4 rows

Work in Pattern Stitch (below) until scarf measures approximately 23″ [58cm] from beginning, ending having finished a R20. Your scarf may be slightly longer or shorter depending on your tension.

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Pattern Stitch:

R1(RS): k2, m1, *k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, m1; repeat from * to last 2 sts; k2

R2: p4, k2, p2, k2, *p3, k2, p2, k2; repeat from * to last 4 sts; p4

R3: k4, p2, k2, p2, *k3, p2, k2, p2; repeat from * to last 4 sts; k4

R4: repeat R2

R5: repeat R3

R6: repeat R2

R7: repeat R3

R8: p2, drop next st from left needle and unravel it down 7 rows; *p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, drop next st from left needle and unravel it down 7 rows; repeat from * to last 2 sts; p2

R9: k3, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k3

R10: p3, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; p3

R11: k3, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k3

R12: p3, k2, p3, k2, *p2, k2, p3, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; p3

R13: k3, p2, k3, p2, *k2, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k3

R14: repeat R12

R15: repeat R13

R16: repeat R12

R17: repeat R13

R18: p3, k2, p1, drop next st from left needle and unravel it down 7 rows, p1, k2, *p2, k2, p1, drop next st from left needle and unravel it down 7 rows, p1, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; p3

R19: k3, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; k3

R20: p3, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts; p3

Repeat these 20 rows.

Abbreviations:
k – knit
p – purl
m1 – make 1 stitch by lifting the yarn between stitches on the Left and Right needles and knitting into the stitch; normally you would knit into the back of the lifted yarn to avoid a hole in the knitted fabric, but in this case you don’t need to worry about that since that column of stitches will be dropped later

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