Scaref by Nathan Taylor


July 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch in Double-Knitting
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
612 - 656 yards (560 - 600 m)
One Size - 24cm (9.5in) wide and 152cm (5ft) in length.
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Boo! Scared you, did I? That’s the Scaref for you!

(By the way, it’s pronounced like “scare”, with an F on the end!)

The Scaref is a double-knit scarf with a twist - the twist is an undulating stripe of two-colour brioche knitting that weaves its merry way between panels of skulls (with cross bones, naturally!), making this scarf the perfect choice for the horror-monger in your life. Or the zombie. Or for that matter, the pirate!

Transitioning from double-knitting to brioche and back again couldn’t be easier when using the one-pass, two-colour brioche method that I have developed.

Double-knitting and two-colour brioche are actually very close relatives, even though the end results couldn’t be more dissimilar: the mechanics of how to work the two techniques are in fact almost identical. It was realising this that made me keen to experiment with using both in the same row, and thus, the Scaref was born!

With elements of double-knitted lace, the one-pass brioche method, and standard double-knitting all combined, this scarf will keep you busy, and give you a finished object to be proud of, inspiring awe and amazement in all who see you wearing it.

All the techniques used in this pattern are detailed in full, with photo tutorials, written instructions, and links to exclusive video tutorials, so even if you’ve never done ANY double-knitting, or any of the extended techniques used, there’s enough information right in the pattern pages to take you from novice to expert with no trouble at all.

This is not just a pattern, it’s a full course in how to make something incredible, and to take your knitting to the next level.

The skulls themselves are a lot of fun, featuring large eyelet holes for eyes - they manage to be both terrifying, and cute all at the same time. No mean feat.