Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan

Pioneer Braid Scarf

September 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
250 - 350 yards (229 - 320 m)
5.5 by 62 inches (14 by 160 cm)
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This pattern is available for free.

This easy garter stitch short row pattern is inspired by Karen Baumer’s Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf, with a twist.

Although the scarf pattern looks wonderful in self-striping or long-color-repeat yarns, it is also a great choice for hand-dyed variegated yarns, as the varying row lengths will tend to break up pooling. Even semi-solid yarns are subtly shown off by the pattern. Twisted Fiber Art’s “long repeat” Duchess would be an excellent substitute for a similar look.

The pattern gives suggestions for adapting to lighter or heavier weight yarns, or for changing the size. Use the recommended needle size for your yarn, adapted to your knitting style and drape desired.

The name “Pioneer Braid” was inspired by a quilting pattern of the same name.

The pattern was modified 1/31/2010 for a more elegant ending that uses less yarn.