Color Me Kale by Nichole Call

Color Me Kale

December 2015
Light Fingering ?
6.5 stitches = 1 inch
in Stockinette Stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
700 - 744 yards (640 - 680 m)
One Size ~ 50 inches
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

When searching for a pattern to make with this gorgeous yarn, I was disappointed to see there was almost nothing published, so I set out to create a scarf of my own. I knew I wanted a swishy circular scarf, but on such thin yarn, I needed something with a lot of texture. I swatched several different stitch pattens before I settled on this lovely reversible stitch that creates a deep diamond on one side and a dimpled effect on the other.

Note the stitch pattern gauges differently then the garter/stockinette for the border. I compensated for this by simply going up one needle size for the pattern work and it worked out nicely. If you don’t switch your needle size, the patterned portion of the scarf will pull in as compared to the border.

Uses just under 2 skeins of Prism Radiant Petite Madison Layers. Tried to use every inches, but glad I didn’t cut it closer! I was nervous as is when getting towards the end.

Errata: Pattern should read “CO 354 Stitches or a multiple of 6.
Current version of PDF contains this correct, but original version listed 350 as the CO number.

Notes on Border
Border will roll/fold at the first set of stockinette stitches. This was intended as it gives the border the same light heft as the pattern; however, if you don’t like this, you could always modify the border to be all garter, or maybe seed stitches, etc.

Also not in the pattern - but I’ve been toying with the idea of sewing the fold down so that the fold won’t flip up. We’ll see how it wears…

Notes on Yarn
There’s a lot going on with this yarn - subtle variations of color as well as a gold sparkling thread throughout. What drew me to this stitch was that the pattern didn’t get lost by the complexity of the yarn. They actually end up complimenting each other well.

Notes on Knitting w/o Gauge
You do not have to have gauge to knit this scarf, but that does mean your sizing may be slightly different and you may want to consider adding or removing a multiple of 6 stitches. If you don’t have gauge and are worried about running out of yarn, I’d recommend the following: After completing your first ball, count the number of pattern repeats completed. Join your second ball of yarn and knit the same number of pattern repeats before beginning your border. This should maximum your yarn usage while also ensuring you don’t prematurely run out of yarn.