Hutu Scarf by Francoise Danoy
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Hutu Scarf

April 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
770 - 950 yards (704 - 869 m)
Top 20”, middle 10”, end 15”, length 65”
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The Hutu Scarf is the product of a collaboration between myself and my husband. My husband was the main driving force behind envisioning the shape, design and yarns while I knit the final product and designed the main motif. The motif of the scarf is based off of Māori tāniko designs, which heavily feature oscillating triangular and diamond shapes. The scarf starts off with a wide brim, which tapers in the middle, before growing out again at the end. This is not a complicated pattern, with miles and miles of garter stitch with I-cord edgings to accent the sides, with some simple striping and a mixture of knit and purl stitches for the center panel. Add fringes at the end for the final touches, if you wish. Hutu is Māori for “suit”, making it the perfect accessory for any man’s wardrobe (or anyone who wears suits!), but it is also casual enough for everyday wear. What will you wear with it?

Yarns Used

Line: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed

  • 1 Skein in Jack Rabbit Heather
  • 2 Skeins in Flagstone Heather
  • 2 Skeins in Wellies Heather (one for each side of the shawl. One ball of the leftover yarn was used for the fringes).


  • MC = Main Color - 170 yards
  • CC1 = Contrast Color - 130 yards (with fringe, 315 yards)
  • CC2 = Contrast Color 2 - 465 yards

Needle: Size 4 (3.25mm). 32” Circular needle is recommended to accommodate large number of stitches.
Gauge: 25 stitches and 38 rows per 4 inches in garter stitch (after blocking)
Final Dimensions: Top 20”, middle 10”, end 15”, length 65”
Special Techniques/Stitches: I-cord edging, basic intarsia. Written and charted instructions are included for textured section. Schematic is included.

This pattern has been test knit and edited. Thank you to testers lesatustin, Strikkabella, enablerqueen, knittieferlittie, paolo, and costa-price for your invaluable help!