December 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Linen stitch
US 11 - 8.0 mm
475 - 492 yards (434 - 450 m)
9.5' x 5"
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This pattern is available for free.

Hexadot is my take on a linen stitch scarf. While working a linen stitch bag in variegated yarn, I noticed that occasionally the colors lined up just right to make a little hexagon that looks like a dot. I do love a puzzle and some investigating led to the discovery that linen stitch makes a polka dot pattern when striped correctly.

Most lengthwise-knit self-fringing scarves that I have seen call for you to leave a length of yarn at the start of the row and again at the end of the row, then cut the yarn and go back to the start. I didn’t really like the idea of having the fringe hanging around to get tangled in zippers or tempt kitties while I knit, so I chose instead to add a small stockinette panel and work the scarf in the round. The stitches in this panel are dropped and cut to create the fringe. As a bonus, I didn’t need to measure the lengths of yarn to ensure an even fringe – the dropped stitches are the same length and need minimal tidying up.

Because the yarn changes occur in the middle of the stockinette fringe panel which is eventually dropped, no extra care needs to be taken to keep the yarn changes tidy. This actually makes Hexadot even easier than a lot of other striping patterns, and a great introduction to colorwork.