Chameleon Scarf by Lorilee Beltman

Chameleon Scarf

February 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
392 yards (358 m)
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Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Spring 2008: “Knitting in the round from the outside in, LORILEE BELTMAN decreases at four corners and binds off quickly to make each breezy open-centered section of the CHAMELEON SCARF. Using a self-striping yarn with long repeats of color gives the scarf lovely dimension and depth.”

Finished Size: About 4” wide and 80” long

Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy (100% cotton; 196 yd 179 m/100 g): #289 painted desert and #574 magenta moss, 1 ball each.

Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle


  • “Squares are worked with wrong side facing.”
  • “The scarf’s pizzazz results from the slowly changing colors in the skeins. Follow these four tips:
    • “Use two different colorways of the same self-striping yarn.”
    • “Work from a center-pull ball, so you can knit some squares from the inside and some from the outside, thus changing the color order.”
    • “Within the skein, the colors run many yards before changing. It is possible to knit a nearly solid-color square if you start at the very beginning of a color. If you want a more vibrant piece, start from somewhere in the middle of a color.”
    • “Save you seaming until the end, so you can arrange the squares for greater contrast, in a way that pleases you.”
  • “Avoid sloppy corners by tugging on the first and, more importantly, the second stitch of each section.”