Friday, October 17, 2008
The Snaky Keyhole Scarf
I knit this last winter and wrote the pattern out in a very serious way, thinking I might submit it to Knitty. I never did, but, man, writing a knitting pattern was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It took forever. I'll post it here.
I think this pattern would be an awesome way to use up a lot of similarly-gauged leftover yarn. Every stripe could be a different color and you could keep going until you'd finally used up all the little balls of leftover yarn accumulating in the bottom of your knitting basket. It's knit in the round which I thought might make it too warm but it's not. It's pretty cozy.
Here's the scarf in action, keeping Hank warm on a Christmas visit to my parent's house in Vermont:
And here's the pattern:
(It's my first attempt at sharing a knitting pattern so let me know if anything's unclear)
Child’s Snaky Keyhole Scarf
Length: 40 inches
Rowan Kid Classic [70% lambswool, 26% kid mohair, 4% nylon; 140m per 50g skein]; 1 skein of each color
[A] #817 Bear
[B] #828 Feather
[C] #851 Straw
[D] #856 Tattoo
[E] #847 Cherry Red (only a small amount of this color is needed so feel free too use some leftover yarn instead)
1 set US #6/4.0mm double-point needles
18 sts/23 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
I made this scarf using leftover yarn from another project and, sadly, my favorite of the four colors I used – Ice Jade – has been discontinued. But I substituted it with Tattoo for the sake of this pattern which also looks pretty.
Using A, CO 12 sts. Divide on 3 needles, placing 3 sts on the first and second needles and 6 sts on the third. Join yarn and knit one round.
Needle 1: k1, kfb, work to the end of the needle.
Needle 2: work to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1.
Needle 3: k1, kfb, work to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (16 sts).
Repeat increase round two more times (24 sts).
*Knit 1 round
Increase 1 round*
Repeat 6 more times (48 sts).
Next round: begin working the Eye Chart, only on Needle 3.
After completing the pattern, knit 5 rounds in A.
Place work on a piece of scrap yarn to hold for later and CO 8 sts, using double pointed needles and E (make sure to leave a long enough yarn tail to attach the tongue to the rest of the scarf).
Join work and knit 15 rounds.
Split sts onto two needles (4 sts on each).
Knit an I cord on the first needle for 4 rounds.
Break yarn, draw through remaining sts, and weave in yarn end.
Repeat on the other needle.
Draw tongue through the hole in the end of the scarf and attach.
Embroider eyes onto the white areas of the Eye pattern using a tapestry needle and D.
Now pick work back up, dividing evenly on three needles (16 sts on each). Begin working the Scale Chart, switching colors whenever the chart calls for a new one. I chose the order of my colors randomly, by reaching into my knitting bag with my eyes closed. Feel free to come up with your own order.
Continue working scale pattern until work measures 27 inches from the beginning of the scarf (not counting the tongue) and ending with round 2 of the scale chart.
On round 3 of the scale chart: k6, BO 12, k12, BO 12, k6
On round 4 of the scale chart: k6, CO 12, k12, CO 12, k6
Continue working scale pattern 9 more times or until work measures 33 inches, ending pattern with A, on the last row of the chart.
Rearrange sts on needles so that there are 24 sts on the first needle and 12 sts each on the second and third needles and begin decreasing, continuing to use A.
Needle 1: k1, ssk, work to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Needle 2: k1, ssk, work to the end of the needle
Needle 3: work to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Repeat decrease round on every third row until 8 sts remain.
Knit 2 rounds
Separate sts onto two needles (4 sts on each)
*K1, k2tog, k1* repeat once
Break yarn and draw end though remaining 6 sts
Weave in ends and stitch together the two sides of the keyhole seams with a tapestry needle.