Nature Scarf by Duke of Nikko

Nature Scarf

July 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Double knitting
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
250 - 600 yards (229 - 549 m)
6" width and 12" width
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This is a double-knit scarf using redesigned Amimoji motifs. The motifs are Japanese Kanji characters, Yama (山), Kawa (川), Kusa (草), Ki (木), meaning Mountain, River, Grass, Tree, respectively.

Nature holds a special place in Japanese culture. Yama, Kawa, Kusa, and Ki represent four elements of nature. Each element is well admired and worshiped by the Japanese people. I have a collection of hat designs released in 2020, titled “Nature Hat Series.” Unlike the motifs used in that series, however, the redesigned motifs in this pattern are asymmetric. If you double-knit them in a standard way, the reverse side will show a mirrored image, which is an interesting design element, but not quite correct.” So I created options to make both sides identical using two-pattern double knitting or by doubling the width to show both “correct” and flipped motifs.

Intermediate to Advanced

Double knitting in 2 colors, kitchener stitch

Half-width (standard or two-pattern double knitting)
Full-width (standard double knitting)

Half: Approximately 6” x 64” (15 cm x 160 cm)
Full: Approximately 12” x 64” (30 cm x 160 cm)

Worsted weight yarn in at least 2 contrasting colors.
A total of 6 colors are used in the design / sample,
but you can reduce the number of colors as you wish.

Knit Picks Twill (Worsted Weight 100% Superwash
Merino Wool) 149 yards / 100 grams. 6 skeins /
colors - 1 skein each of:
• 27932 Concord
• 27935 Fiddlehead
• 28536 Patchwork Heather
• 27933 Crabapple
• 28537 Rose Water Heather
• 27936 Overcast

US #5 (3.75 mm) straight needles, or size to obtain
gauge. US #4 (3.5mm) or smaller DPNs, 8” (20cm)
or longer. Tapestry needle and scissors.

14 sts and 22 rows per 4” (10cm) in double knitting.