Monday, July 12, 2010
A Scarf By Many Names
I definitely had a "look something shiny" moment in the yarn store last week with my mom, the culprit is a scarf that can't even decide what it is called. The free pattern I got from the yarn shop says "rotini scarf" or "potato chip" scarf, but a search in ravelry reveals scarves of those names that are not the same pattern as this one (the scarves by those names are cast on at the edge and knit sideways, or else they are crochet). A search for ruffle scarves reveals wayyyyy too many scarf patterns to look through, but I came closest to a similar pattern when I found one called a "corkscrew" scarf. The pattern is so ridiculously simple and was free with yarn, so I will put it at the end of this post.
Back to the point, this scarf is completely addictive, and when knit with Noro yarn is downright entrancing. The pattern is short, easily memorized and watching the scarf swirl as you knit is cackle inducing (just ask my husband). I tried to not cast on for it until I finished at least one of Melissa's socks, however resistance was futile. I should just admit that there's no going back until it is complete, at the rate I am going I'll get it done in a week or two and then can get back to the socks.
Corkscrew/Rotini/Potato Chip Scarf Pattern
(edits added for clarification, based on some questions)
Size 8 or 9 needles
Any medium weight yarn will do, I highly suggest a non-scratchy noro for color fun.
Cast on 20 stitches
Knit 8 - turn (turn your work as if you were at the end of a row, but you aren't)
Knit 8 back (knit back along the first 8 stitches you knit in previous row)
Knit 6 - turn (turn your work as if you were at the end of a row, but you aren't)
Knit 6 back (knit back along the 6 stitches you knit in previous row)
Knit 4 - turn (turn your work as if you were at the end of a row, but you aren't)
Knit 4 back (knit back along the 4 stitches you knit in previous row)
Knit 20 (ignore your short rows and just knit straight across the whole 20 stitches)
start over with the knit 8 row - that's it, just keep going to desired length and bind off!
(it takes a good 6 inches into the scarf before it starts to "corkscrew")
Video directions now posted here!