Little Scorpion by Courtney Little

Little Scorpion

October 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch and stranded colorwork (in the round)
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1437 - 3276 yards (1314 - 2996 m)
32-74.25 in/81.5-188.5 cm finished bust
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Kits are available for preorder here! The current turnaround time is 3-4 weeks.

“You’re strong-willed and agile, like the scorpion.” Inspired by Vanessa Ives from the hauntingly beautiful Penny Dreadful series, Little Scorpion is a top-down colorwork yoke sweater featuring a high/mock-neck worked in corrugated ribbing, intricate 3-color motifs through the yoke and bottom of the 3/4 length sleeves, and stockinette body. I am so incredibly excited to share this design with you, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you need any help choosing colors or have any other questions regarding the pattern or sizing, send me an email and I’m happy to assist! Yarn kits are available for preorder, and the color palettes are shown in the listing photos; the sample was made with the original first combo. The bottom swatches show the inverted version (dark MC/light scorpions).


  • Intermediate/Advanced level
  • Written in English and US terms
  • Skills to know: Cast on, knit, purl, join and work in the round, 3-color stranded colorwork, catching/trapping floats, lifted and make one increases, decreases, backwards loop cast on, pick up and knit
  • You’ll need: US size 2 (2.75mm) needles or as needed to achieve gauge
  • 16-40” circulars recommended for the yoke/body; 12” circulars, DPNs, or longer cable for magic loop for the sleeves, waste yarn to place stitches on hold, stitch markers, pins for blocking, and a tapestry needle. Knit blockers and mats recommended but not necessary for blocking; a Norwegian knitting thimble can be helpful as well!

Yardage estimates, sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8) — 3 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn that works up to gauge (see schematic for finished measurements):

TOTAL - Approximately 1437 (1633, 1900, 2126, 2427) 2723, 3057, 3276 yds / 1316 (1495, 1739, 1945, 2221) (2492, 2797, 2997) m

  • Main Color (MC, pale green in sample) - 1027 (1168, 1356, 1510, 1715) (1913, 2157, 2307) yds / 940 (1069, 1240, 1381, 1569) (1750, 1973, 2110) m
  • Contrast Color 1 (CC1, orange in sample) - 151 (178, 198, 226, 258) (289, 310, 331) yds / 139 (163, 182, 207, 236) (265, 284, 303) m
  • Contrast Color 2 (CC2, dark brown in sample) - 259 (287, 346, 390, 454) (521, 590, 638) yds / 237 (263, 317, 357, 416) (477, 540, 584) m

Check out others’ projects for more yarn/fiber/color combo inspiration! Please note: Yardage is estimated and your requirements will vary depending on your yarn, gauge, and if you modify the pattern.

You’ll receive the following:

  • Two PDF files (one with the original/light MC charts, one with inverted/dark MC charts) with complete written instructions on how to knit Little Scorpion in 8 different sizes. Each PDF is 11 total pages, including the cover pages and colorwork charts for yoke/sleeves for all sizes
  • Links to helpful tutorials

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 8 sizes, ranging from 32-74.25 in/81.5-188.5 cm finished bust, and 2-6 in/5-15 cm positive ease is recommended. The sample shows size 2 on a 33.5 in/85 cm bust (positive ease of approx. 4.5 in/11.5 cm at the bust). Schematic with measurements included in the product photos.

Pattern gauge (worked in the round, measured over 4”/10cm):

  • Stockinette - 30 sts/34 rounds
  • K1, p1 corrugated ribbing - 40 sts/48 rounds

Taken after wet blocking, using US size 2 (2.75mm) needles. Note, you may need to use different needle sizes for plain stockinette vs colorwork sections depending on your tension.

Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.