Pattern Description from Color Style: “Kristin Nicholas is an expert at colorwork. In this clever hooded scarf, she knitted a very wide short tube (in rounds). She began with several rounds of garter stitch to make a non-curling edge, then worked colorful stripes in reverse stockinette stitch (knitting the color-change-rounds for clean demarcation of the stripes), followed by a simple Fair Isle pattern. At the center, she reversed the stripe pattern, then ended with several rounds of garter stitch. To finish, she cut the tube and raveled several rows to create a fringe; then she embroidered whimsical flowers and vines along the Fair Isle portion, sewed the center together to form a hood, and added a colorful tassel.”
Finished Size: About 9” (23 cm) wide and 41” (104 cm) long from top of hood to end of scarf, not including fringe.
Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium)
Nashua Handknits Julia (50% wool, 25% mohair, 25% alpaca; 93 yd 85 m/50 g): #NHJ3961 lady’s mantle (chartreuse), 3 balls; #NHJ8141 pretty pink (pink) and #NHJ2230 rock henna (brick red), 2 balls each; #NHJ2083 magenta, #NHJ6086 velvet moss (dark olive), #NHJ2250 French pumpkin (orange), and #NHJ6396 deep blue sea (teal), 1 ball each.
Needles: Sizes U.S. 8 and 7 (5 and 4.5mm): 32” (80 cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; scissors.
Additional Gauge: 18 stitches and 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in reverse stockinette ridge pattern on smaller needle.
Note: “The scarf is worked in the round so that the cast-on and bind-off edges form the long sides. After the knitting is complete, the tube is cut open and the cut edges become the short ends of the scarf. Stitches are raveled along the short ends to create the fringe, then the hood section is sewn together.”