YELLER – Scarf

About this pattern: I first decided I wanted to make a yellow scarf with a fringe when I saw a rendition of the “Florence Scarves” on ravelry.com that has a nice beachy look to it.  I really wanted the fringe-iness to be reflected throughout, so I designed a pattern based around fringe-like delicate dropped stitch stripes alternated with a more substantial stripe.  The inspiration for the diamonds in the more solid stripes came from some Navajo blankets I have been looking at.  Of the three hanks of yarn required for this scarf, one is entirely used for fringe – I really like the full effect it gave, but you can experiment with more or less if you want to change the look a little.

Difficulty: moderate.  Pattern requires knitting through the back loop.

Size: 6 feet with fringe, 5 feet without.

Needles: size 5.  I prefer to use circulars because the scarf can really grow horizontally on the needles when you’re wrapping the yarn for the dropped stitches, but longer straight needles should work as well.

Yarn: Alchemy Juniper (color: Michelle’s Marigold) 3 hanks (about 700 yards) OR 700 yards of a fingering weight yarn of your choice.

Gauge: 1″ = 7 stitches across and 6 stitches down in garter stitch.

Key:

K = knit

P = purl

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

SSK = slip slip knit

KTBL = knit through the back loop

YO = yarn over

W2 = wrap yarn around needle twice

W6 = wrap yarn around needle 6 times

DW = drop wrapped stitches

Pattern:

Cast on 58 stitches loosely.

**Preparation for the fringe – you may choose to skip this if you do not want to put a fringe on this scarf**

Row 1: K all stitches

Row 2: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

You should now have 19 small holes in your work, which will be used for the fringe later.

**Begin scarf pattern**

DROPPED STITCH STRIPE:

Row 1: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

Row 5: *K1, W6* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 6: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 7 and 8: K all stitches

Row 9: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 10: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 11 and 12: K all stitches

NAVAJO DIAMOND STRIPE:

Row 1: K4, [K4, K2tog, YO, K2, YO, SSK, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 2: K all stitches

Row 3: K4, [K3, K2tog, YO, K4, YO, SSK, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 4: K all stitches

Row 5: K4, [K2, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 6: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 7: K4, [K1, K2tog, YO, K8, YO, SSK, K1], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 8: K all stitches

Row 9: K4, [K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 10: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 11: K4, [K2, YO, SSK, K6, K2tog, YO, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 12: K all stitches

Row 13: K4, [K3, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 14: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 15: K4, [K4, YO, SSK, K2, K2tog, YO, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 16: K all stitches

Row 17: K4, [K5, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K5], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 18: K all stitches

Alternate the stripes until you have 11 dropped stitch stripes and 10 Navajo diamond stripes OR until you have a scarf of the desired length.  Always finish the scarf with the end of a dropped stitch scarf.

**Preparation for the bottom fringe, you may skip this if you choose to not include a fringe**

Row 1: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: K all stitches

Bind off loosely.

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THE FRINGE

Create 380 20″ pieces of yarn for the fringe (or try a different size for a shorter/longer fringe).  This can be done easily by wrapping the yarn around a hardcover notebook longways.  Thread 10 pieces of yarn through each hole at the ends of the scarf, trying to keep the ends as even as possible.  The center of each piece of yarn should be in the hole and each fringe should be about 10″ long.  There should be 20 pieces of 10″ fringe per hole/knot.  Tie knots, allowing some space between the end of the scarf and the knots.  Trim any fringe pieces that seem too long.