Thursday, July 12, 2007

Otterwise Scarf of Mystical Stripes

Another Stash Busting pattern!

There are two 'mystic' bits about this scarf. One is how the appearance and intensity and color shadings of the main color change depending on which yarn it is paired with. The background color I chose is a light turquoise. If it is paired with a light blue, it appears a deeper teal, if it is paired with a green, it looks very blue. Each color changes the quality of the main color, producing a visual illusion of even more shades of color than I used. The second mystic bit is how this seemingly narrow scarf can expand to double its width and cover your ears and face when the weather turns cold, due to the ribbing.

Please enjoy this free Otterwise Designs Stash Busting Pattern for personal use.

OTTERWISE SCARF OF MYSTICAL STRIPES


2 or 3 skeins (110 yds for 50 grams) of worsted weight yarn, same or similar colors. 2 Skeins will give you an adequate scarf, 3 will give you a good long one with lots of wrapping potential.

A relatively equal amount of scrap yarns, left overs, etc.

Try to choose yarns of approximately the same weight as the main color, but an occasional light worsted or heavy worsted can be used without affecting the final look of the scarf.

Size 8 needles (or needles of a size to work with your weight of yarns)

Gauge: not important.

The scarf looks fashionably narrow when flung around your neck, but can be stretched across its width to cover your head and keep your ears warm, thanks to the ribbing.

with main color, cast on 40 stitches.

row 1: k2, p2 across

row 2: p2, k2 across

row 3: begin new color, k2, p2 across

row 4: p2, k2 across

row 5: using main color, k2, p2 across

row 6: p2, k2 across

row 7: continuing with second (transient) color; k2, p2 across

row 8: p2, k2 across

Work in this pattern, changing between the main color(s) and transient colors, carry the non-working yarn up the side until its turn comes again. When the transient color you chose runs out, add in your next choice of color from the yarn scrap pile, maintaining pattern.

Continue to work 2 rows in main color, 2 rows in one of the scrap colors until two or three skeins of the main color have been used or scarf reaches desired length. Bind off loosely in the manner of your choixe, or by using a needle a few sizes larger

Copyright Otterwise Designs 2007

4 comments:

Ysabeau said...

I've gone and looked at this pattern several times now, and it just looks so appealing! You know I knit very little so far, but it does look like something I could attempt, at least.

pretty! B*B, Ysabeau

Diana Troldahl said...

I know you could do it, and with your color sense, it would be so gorgeous!!

Hanane said...

I love this great stash buster, which is why I am writing to you. I am the owner of Stash Bustin on blogger, www.buststashpatterns.blogspot.com and I will posting your pattern for our readers at some point tomorrow afternoon.

Diana Troldahl said...

Thanks Hanane!