Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daisy Ruffle Scarf

by Kelly

Here's something I made last year for a local Christmas charity that supplies hats, scarves, and mittens to kids. I knit it using Daisy Stitch and two colors of yarn and ended up with something surprisingly cute. After I donated the first one, I made another because I had just enough yarn for one more...and anyway the scarf is really adorable and fun to make.

And since I don't happen to need any more scarves at the moment (I think five is enough for one person, don't you?) I've listed it for sale in our shop.

I used  size 8 needles (U.S.) and worsted weight yarn. Half a skein of pink and half a skein of white (about 180 yards total) makes a scarf about 48 inches long.

I added the ruffles on the ends because I’m not good at fringe (or cutting my own hair, either - in both cases the ends are uneven), and found out that the decrease (k3tog) at the end of the ruffle gives plenty of space between stitches, making the daisy stitches easier to work than they normally are.

Here’s the pattern, such as it is. I haven't had anyone test knit this, so please, if you find a problem, comment on this post so others know. If you have any problems, there's a great YouTube video by iknitwithcatfur on how to work Daisy Stitch.

Make ruffle -
Cast on 3x the amount of stitches you’re using for the main body of the scarf. I wanted my scarf to be 29 stitches wide, so I cast on 87 stitches in color A

Row 1:. knit to end
Row 2: purl to end
Repeat these two rows for the desired length. I used 12 rows total. The ruffle tends to curl quite a bit at the edges, so make sure it's long enough.
Row 3 (final row only) k3tog to end (29 stitches on needle)

begin body of scarf  in Daisy Stitch pattern (multiple of 4 + 1)

Rows 1 (RS) : in color A, Knit to end
Row 2:  K1, *p3tog and don’t drop them off your needle, yo (wrapping yarn completely around needle), p same 3 together again and drop them, k1; repeat from *
Row 3: change to color B, Knit to end
Row 4: K1, p1, k1, *p3tog and don’t drop them off your needle, yo (wrapping yarn completely around needle), p same 3 together again and drop them, k1, repeat from * end  with p1, k1
Repeat these four rows until the scarf is desired length (mine was 45 inches at that point (from the edge of the ruffle to my needle)
end with color A
Row 5: Knit to end
Row 6: Purl to end
begin final ruffle
Row 1: Knit in front and back, yo; repeat from to final stitch, knit 1
Row 2: purl to end
Row 3: knit to end
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until this ruffle is equal in length to the other one. Cast off and weave in any loose ends.

Here's a PDF version

1 comment:

  1. That is so cute! I need to move up to Illinois so that way I can join you guys and maybe I'll learn how to knit cute things like that. :)


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