I designed this scarf when I was studying in Strasbourg, France.
December in Strasbourg is abuzz with
a Christmas market, German and French tourists, and blasts of
arctic air. The secret to surviving the holiday season is generous
servings of tarte flambée,
plenty of mulled wine, and a thick, woolly
scarf to keep your neck toasty as you
ride your bike through Strasbourg’s
narrow, cobblestone streets.
To keep myself warm while
fitting in with the cosmopolitan students
and professors at my university, I developed
this ribbed scarf using a unique stranded
technique to make it reversible. Each
side of the scarf has a different traditional
Fair Isle pattern.
The challenging part of this scarf is following the chart,
because it doesn’t look like it makes sense on paper. But
once you work a few rows, you can see the lovely Fair Isle
snowflakes taking shape in your knitting.
Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes [50% royal
alpaca, 50% merino; 100yd/91m per 100g skein]
#2026 Petunia; 5 skeins
#2025 Charcoal; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #8/5mm straight needles
GAUGE 28 sts/25 rows = 4" in 1x1 Rib, using US #8/5mm
needles, with ribbing fully contracted (relaxed and unstretched)
Note: Gauge given is approximate. It
is not critical to achieve the given gauge
for this project; however, you should use
needles that are slightly smaller than
the recommended size for your yarn.
Gauge given by the manufacturer for the
yarn used is 16 sts = 4” in stockinette
st using US #9/5.5 mm needles.
[Knitty's list of standard
abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
1x1 Rib (worked over an odd number of stitches): RS Rows: [K1, p1] to last
stitch, k1. WS Rows: [P1, k1] to last stitch, k1.
Instructions for the Long-Tail Cast
On method can be found
The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
page. Click here and print the resulting page.
Using long tail method and MC, CO 61 sts.
Work 4 rows 1x1 Rib.
Mark RS of work. Even though scarf is reversible, it is important to keep
track of RS and WS when following chart.
Work Rows 1-29 of chart.
Important: When knitting
a st, hold yarn not in use to back
of work. When purling a st, hold yarn
not in use to front of work.
Using MC only, work in 1x1 Rib until work measures 58
inches, or approx. 6 inches less than desired length, ending
with a WS row.
Work Rows 1-29 of chart.
Work 4 rows 1x1 Rib using MC only. BO
all sts in pattern.
Weave in ends. Block very lightly, if desired; be sure to leave
ribbing fully contracted, as any widthwise stretching will distort
appearance of color pattern.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Meghan is a long-time knitter and runner,
an avaricious reader, and a frequent traveller.
And a lawyer. And sometimes she swims with