Narrow Scarf with Roses Icelandic Intarsia by Hélène Magnússon

Narrow Scarf with Roses Icelandic Intarsia

August 2008
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1489 yards (1362 m)
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Pattern is from the book Icelandic knitting using rose-pattern. The book preserves old Icelandic knitting tradition that had almost been lost. First half is a study of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin. Second half are contemporary designs all based of old shoe-inserts. The author has tried to remain true to the original color schemes of the inserts she chose, and the traditionnal methods used in making them (Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting with garter stitch).

Pattern is in Icelandic, English, Russian (soon) and French. Price is for pattern 24 and 25 (Narrow scarf with flowerpots).

The scarf is inspired by old Icelandic shoe-inserts. Stripped inserts were used everyday where as inserts decorated with eight-petal roses were Sunday-best. The scarf can be worn in many ways. The midsection has the form of an elongated stripped insert with roses at either end.

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Narrow striped scarf with a large Icelandic rose motif at either end. Pictured on page 86.

Length approx 35.5” / 90 cm


  • Kambgarn - 1 ball each of three colors (white, blue, red1)
  • Lodband-einband - 1 ball each of four colors (white, black, red, green)

Charts Two rose motifs

  1. The Ravelry volunteer editor has noted an erratum--the color red used in the middle section of the scarf has been left out of the Materials list, but is mentioned in the knitting instructions. The additional ball has been added to the total yardage listed here.