Colour Blender Scarf & Wrap! by Knitting Expat Designs

Colour Blender Scarf & Wrap!

August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in garter
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1640 - 3062 yards (1500 - 2800 m)
4 sizes included, a 4 & 5 skein Scarf and 6 & 7 skein Shawl options
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This pattern is a culmination of several of my favourite things, using fingering weight held double to roughly get a worsted weight fabric, and blending colours by marling them together in this way … after crocheting a baby blanket for my baby earlier this year the idea came to me that this technique would be really fun to work for a knitted scarf/wrap … and after some playing around this design was born … I wanted it to be simple so the colour play could really shine (and so I could easily work on it while wrangling a small baby) but I also didn’t want it to get boring … so I introduced some brioche - although not brioche in the way you probably know it … its so simple it feels like cheating … in fact I actually refer to this as Cheats Brioche cause its just that simple!

This pattern is great for beginners and more experienced knitters alike!

What you will need:

Yarn: 400g – 700g (1500 - 2800m) Fingering weight yarn. You will be working with the Yarn held double throughout the project.

  • Sample Scarf used the following skeins A Turkish Yarn in a Golden Brown Colourway – 380m/100gm Wolfe & Schafe Yarns in the All Saints Colourway – 380m/100g - Lolodidits Yarn in the Fortunate Son & Summer Nights Colourways, 366m/100gm - Francofille Knits Yarn in Summer En Provence Colourway – 400m/100gm

  • Shawl/Wrap sample used Primrose Yarn co on the Adelaide base in the following colourways: Succulents, Pieces, Skinny Dipping, Forbidden Forest, Charcoal & Glitter, Salem and Morticia.

Needles – 5mm (US 8) on a minimum 24inch (60cm) cable.

Notions – I suggest using a Removable Progress Keeper (stitch marker with a clasp) to keep track of the right side of your work – while the finished object is reversible you do some shaping on the right side so it is important to keep track of this.

Gauge – The gauge I got on the samples was approx. 16sts/ 4inches and 24 rows / 4 inches AFTER BLOCKING, measured over Garter stitch. Please note that gauge is not super important as long as you like the look of the fabric you are getting, however, significant differences could impact the overall width and length of your finished object.

Sizes of Scarf / Shawl:

There are 4 sizes included in the pattern, 2 scarf sizes and 2 shawl sizes as shown below.

  • 4 Skein Scarf Approx. 13in (33cm) wide measured straight along garter ridge line, 80in(203cm) long

  • 5 Skein Scarf Approx. 17in (43cm) wide measured straight along garter ridge line, 76in(193cm) long

  • 6 Skein Shawl Approx. 21in (53cm) wide measured straight along garter ridge line, 77in (195cm) long

  • 7 Skein Shawl Approx. 26in (66cm) wide measured straight along garter ridge line, 70in(180cm) long

Please note, if you decide to knit the shawl entirely on the bias then the width noted above is measured straight across a garter ridge line on the bias, if knit using the alternating option then this width is measured straight across as the garter ridges will be straight across as well rather than on the bias. If knit on the bias the true width will be approx. 2-3 inches narrower – for example the 4 skein scarf is 13inches on the bias but when measured straight across measures closer to 10 inches.

Also your finished size will vary depending on gauge, whether or not you used super wash yarn, and how extensively the finished item is blocked.

Printing Information:
To conserve paper please only print the pages you need for the size you are knitting:

Stitch pattern descriptions are on page 4.

4 Skein Scarf – Pages 6-8
5 Skein Scarf – Pages 9-11
7 Skein Shawl – 12-14
8 Skein Shawl – 15-18

Pattern Notes:

The idea is to have the colours blend into each other by using the yarns held double throughout the work, and dropping one strand at the end of a section adding a new strand to the work as instructed.

To prepare your yarn for the project I suggest either winding your skein into a centre pull ball/cake so you can pull from both the inside and outside of the ball/cake. Alternatively you can split your yarn into two 50gm balls/cakes.

In the instance of the 5 Skein Scarf sample piece:

  • Colour 1 was a Golden Brown skein, which blended well into my Colour 2, the All Saints Colourway, that had similar golden tones in it.
  • The All Saints Colourway also had some green tones in it that matched the green in the Fortunate Son Colourway (Colour 3) so those blended together nicely.
  • The green in Fortunate Son was a close match for the green in the Summer En Provence Colourway (Colour 4) and those blended together.
  • Finally Summer En Provence shared a similar purple tone that is in the Summer Nights Colourway (Colour 5) and so those also blended into each other perfectly.

You can either choose colours that will melt into each other quite seamlessly as in the two samples shown, or you can choose to have a more stark contrast for a different, yet equally beautiful, effect.

There are also a few options on how to knit the scarf / wrap, you can either follow the left leaning or right leaning instructions for the entire piece, as shown in the Scarf sample, or you can alternate between the left leaning and right leaning for each section, this will give a chevron effect as in the Wrap sample shown.

The pattern instructions provided for all four sizes are designed with the idea of using 80gm out of a 100gm skein for each section, this is to allow for any discrepancies in gauge and also if you have a skein you want to use that is not quite 100gm this should still be manageable.