Knitted flat with ends grafted together, this cowl is great for showing off variegated yarn. It's a simple chevron pattern; the colour effect is achieved by switching every other row.
With the fingering weight yarn I used (Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby), the finished scarf is 25 cm wide. I made it long enough to fit twice around my neck (145 cm) which took a bit less than 2.5 skeins (i.e. 130 grams).
This pattern is another case of me being too lazy to search the Ravelry database for something suitable ...
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- 4mm needles
- a total 150 grams of fingering weight yarn - either in two colours or two ends of a skein of variegated yarn
- scrap yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on
- slm = slip marker
- mk1p-left = make one purl stitch left leaning; make one purl stitch by inserting the needle from the back in the bar between the two stitches and purl through the back of the loop
- mk1p-right = make one purl stitch right leaning; make one purl stitch by inserting the needle from the back in the bar between the two stitches and purl
- Provisional Cast-On: My preferred method of a provisional cast-on is the crochet provisional cast-on as shown in this video.
- Make1Purl-Stitches are shown in this video.
- Grafting: A brilliant blog series on grafting can be found here an Joni Coniglio's blog at knitting daily. For this pattern you'd need the explanations on "Garter stitch grafting (purl ridge row on the front needle and knit valley row on the back needle):" in this post.
Provisionally cast on 63 sts using scrap yarn and a crochet hook.
In the set-up row (Yarn B), where you place the markers: k3 pm k14 pm k14 pm k14 pm k14 pm k3
Make sure that you leave a tail long enough to graft the ends together in the end (ca. 1 meter). (If you use a variegated yarn, leaving this tail makes sure that the colour in the graft row matches the row it is grafted to)
Row 1: (RS, Yarn A): k
Row 2: (WS, Yarn A): sl3 * slm p1 p2togtbl p11 mk1p-left slm p1 mk1p-right p11 repeat once from * (until you only have 6 sts on the right-hand needle) p2tog slm p1 sl3
Row 3: (RS, Yarn B): k
Row 4 (WS, Yarn B): sl3 k to last 3 sts sl3
Repeat these 4 rows until desired length.
Put the stitches of the provisional cast-on on a needle and graft ends together with the long tail of yarn that you left when you cast on. Use the method as described in section "Garter stitch grafting (purl ridge row on the front needle and knit valley row on the back needle)" in this blog-post by Joni Coniglio.
(If you have grafted before, the set-up stitch is: front-needle knit leave, back needle knit leave; then front-needle purl slip, knit leave and back-needle purl slip, knit leave.)