Rebel Rebel by Jodi Bloom

Rebel Rebel

June 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
950 - 1200 yards (869 - 1097 m)
Customize your size
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Bring out your inner Rebel with this scarf, an open-ended recipe that invites your own creativity.

Knitted as one long tube in the round, the scarf progresses through any number of colors and colorwork patterns--or just plain stripes, culled from your stash. The David Bowie portraits require 3-strands of yarn, everything else was done with two.


The charts for 2 David Bowie portraits, the typography you see in the prototype, and a handful of other small patterns I designed.

You’ll also get a lot of tips on indispensable colorwork tools that took me from colorwork fail to colorwork success, and links to instructional YouTube videos on some of the techniques, including duplicate stitch embroidery (optional).

There’s a special yarn supply utilized and you’ll get a link to that.

The sky’s the limit on this scarf! Colors, patterns, length, all determined by you.

Oh, and you will of course get some music links to knit to!


You should have some experience knitting stranded colorwork, or be willing to learn (via YouTube). How-to stranded colorwork instructions are not included.

Charts taken from Alterknit Rebellion by Anna Bauer and Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel are not included. Both books are available on Amazon and are musts for any colorwork knitter’s library. I’d also love to see this scarf knitted with more traditional Scandinavian or British chart patterns, or with simple striping too. There are many free charts all over the internet, particularly on Pinterest. As any Bowie fan knows: David looks good in so MANY fashion styles!

ERRATA: The yardage was initially way off (reading over 4000 yards. Reality: you’ll need between 950-1200 yards.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS! The 4 photos that appear before the photos of the two books are projects completed by other people. I love seeing these unique interpretations! Raveller Lorelim took inspiration from Bowie’s fab knitted jumpsuit and Double-stars used lots of scrap and yarns held together.