Autumn Tango by Diana Rozenshteyn

Autumn Tango

by Diana Rozenshteyn
October 2013
ColourMart Cashmere/Merino 4/15NM DK Weight
yarn held together
+ DK
= Aran (8 wpi) ?
The gauge is not critical in knitting this scarf
US 6 - 4.0 mm
450 - 500 yards (411 - 457 m)
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There is an Autumn Tango KAL just starting in The Yarn Attic group. The pattern is FREE when you register for the KAL in the KAL thread. There are prizes as well. You can join this KAL no later than Sept 15, 2014 in order to qualify for prizes.

In light of the upcoming Autumn Tango KAL the pattern has undergone a major update. The update includes the following changes and additions:

  1. Instructions on how to make a larger scarf in DK weight are available at the end of the pattern.
  2. The middle joint of the scarf at Provisional CO now does not have one stitch offset as in the previous version of the pattern and aligns perfectly.
  3. The number of pattern repeats in each direction of the scarf has been clarified with a different wording to avoid any confusion.
  4. There were few typos for the 2nd half of the scarf BO which have been corrected now.
  5. A picture of how to block side leaves has been added.*

“Autumn Tango” scarf is also available as a part of “Shades of Autumn” eBook which also includes a pattern for a “ Crimson Autumn“ cowl.

Autumn Tango scarf is knitted in a simple leaf and cable motive. The asymmetric edges add visual interest.

Finished Size
The sample orange scarf knitted after blocking measures 196 cm (77 inches) long and 28 cm (11 inches) wide. You can easily make your scarf bigger or smaller by changing the number of repeats.

One pattern repeat of 14 sts (Rows 1-20) measures 3.5 inches (9 cm) wide and 4 inches (10 cm) long.

The sample scarf was knitted with 900 yards (823m) of ColourMart Cashmere/Merino 4/15NM DK Weight (70% Merino, 30% Cashmere). Yarn held double.

Suggested yarn: 450 yards (415m) of Worsted or Aran weight yarn with the yardage of 100 yards (92 m) per 50 g.

US 6 – 4.00 mm

Instructions are both written and charted.

This is easy and intuitive pattern that can be knitted up very fast. However, it will help you a lot with the speed of this project if you can cable without a cable needle. Instructions include 2 different options on how to do that.

I had some questions about the yarn recommendations/yardage explanation for this pattern and here are a little more information on that:
Regarding the yardage,
The yarn I used for my sample scarf was labeled DK, but it was really a sport weight measuring 199 yards (182 meters) in 50 g. I used it double for my scarf and used up 900 yards in total. This is equivalent to 450-500 yards of a single strand yarn of 100 yards/50g (worsted/aran weight). I can see how this could be misleading whne choosing yarn, since the yarn labeled as DK, but in reality it is thinner then average DK. An average DK yarn is about 150 yards (137 meters) 50 grams and I would not double it for this scarf, unless you would like a chunkier look.
For DK used single strand, worsted weight yarn and aran weight yarn you will need a about 450-500 yards for this project.

As far as needle size goes, I knit loose and US 6 size needle is what I would use for DK and worsted weight. For Aran weight I would go up to US7-8. It all depends on your personal preference of how the FO should look and also on whether you knit tight or loose. I would recommend a little sample to see if you like the chosen needle size.

Some yarn recommendations:
Malabrigo Silky Merino DK 150 yards (137 meters) 50 grams
Merino Worsted 210 yards (192 meters) 100 grams
ZenYarn Garden Serenity DK 250 yards (229 meters)100 grams
The Fibre Co Terra Aran 98 yards (90 meters) 50 grams
Rowan Alpaca Colour (DK) 131 yards (120 meters) 50 grams
Juniper Moon Findley DK 131 yards (120 meters) 50 grams
Rowan Felted Tweed DK 191 yards (175 meters) 50 grams (this is the only yarn on the list that I would use double, since the yardage is closer to sport weight then DK)
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 115 yards (105 meters) 50 grams

I hope this helps a little with the decision of which yarn to choose.

Autumn Tango Larger size in DK weight version.

Finished Size
The sample green scarf knitted after blocking measures 234 cm (92 inches) long and 42 cm (16.5 inches) wide. Width of the scarf was measured in the widest part of the pattern repeat.

One pattern repeat of 14 sts (Rows 1-20) measures 3.7 inches (9 cm) wide and 4 inches (9.5 cm) long after blocking.

Yarn The sample scarf was knitted with Potluck Yarn Supersock Select DK in Shades of Teal colorway. This yarns is DK / 8 ply, 100% Merino, 230 yards / 100 grams. 2.83 skeins = 650.9 yards (595.2 meters), 283 grams was used.

US 6 – 4.00 mm circular needles.