Taking It Up A Notch – Multi-color Scarf

Taking It Up A Notch – Multi-color Scarf

We’ve been working on creating multi-color patterns, starting with the heart and clover as well as the checkerboard dish cloths.  We’ve moved on to more intricate patterns such as the Houndstooth and Celtic knot.  Hopefully, this has shown how easy it is to work multi-color patterns into your projects.

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Now it’s time to take it up a notch.  This is what the double-knit loom is really all about:  Creating projects such as Fair Isle or Scandinavian-style patterns.

 

 

 

Here we have a multi-color scarf that was a joy to create. Really, I loved every minute of this project.  Surprisingly, (maybe because I loved making it so much), it was pretty quick to make.  

 

Keep in mind that normally when double-knit looming, we don’t need to block our work. However, when creating multi-color projects, we do need to block, as you can see:

 

Multi-color scarf

 

So as you work, just be aware that the edges will pull in some areas but will turn out just fine, after blocking.

 

Let’s get started!

 

Download graph here.

 

Each block in the pattern represents one stitch. The gray blocks represent the gray stitches, blue blocks the blue stitches and the white blocks are the white stitches. Viewing the chart above, we will work from bottom up.

 

When starting a project, cast on using the Stockinette stitch, then begin following the pattern. Hook over after each completed row.

 

For this pattern, you will knit 2 full rows each of the gray, white, blue and then gray again.

 

The example below is shown without the previous rows, for ease of viewing.

 

 

Now let’s mix the colors in:

 

For Row 9, you will bring your gray yarn to the 3b(ack) and continue to 9f(ront) then to 12b and so on, following the pattern above so that you are wrapping in Stockinette fashion:

 

 

Return by wrapping the opposite pegs, ie, 24b to 21f to 15b and so on:

 

 

Now start wrapping the white in Stockinette fashion, filling in all the blank pegs:

 

First pass of the white:

 

 

Return pass of the white:

 

 

When all pegs are completed, hook over your row as normal.

 

Continue following the gray and white pattern.

 

Once you hit Row 13, it’s time to add a bit more color.  Let’s look at adding the blue yarn to the mix.

 

 

First, let’s add the blue yarn to your work.  Take your blue yarn and create a loop.  Using a crochet hook, pull the loop under yarn in center of your work, near the pin you will begin to wrap with your blue color:

 

 


Pull the tail yarn through the loop on your crochet hook.  Now you are ready to wrap your blue yarn (with the tail hidden).

 

Start wrapping the blue yarn around 3b, then 9f, then 15b, etc., following the pattern.  Return wrap the same way wrapping the opposite pegs:

 

 

Now, take the gray yarn and wrap following the pattern:

 

 

Finally, take the white yarn and wrap filling in the blank pegs:

 

 

Hook over as normal.  Your row is complete!

 

Once you complete the entire pattern, rows 1 to 33, just start back at row 1 again and continue the same way.  Repeat the pattern until you have the length of scarf you wish.

 

After blocking, you’ll have a gorgeous scarf, like this:

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  • ANDREA FORD on

    Beautiful! I am inspired to get my looms out and make this scarf. I didn’t find anything in the instructions on the type of loom or yarn gauge. Looks like you used a small gauge loom. Thanks.

    • Chris on

      Thanks, Andrea! I used the 10″ Authentic Knitting Board loom with a tad less than 1/4″ spacer (I use washers instead of the spacer to get a smaller gap). I used Loops & Thread Snuggly Wuggley yarn for this one. However, this type of bold pattern comes across fab using any type of lighter weight yarn (just not too light with this type of loom).

  • Jaime on

    Hi, Chris. How well would a pattern like this work on a larger gauge loom, like the Knifty Knitter style? Would worsted weight yarn be too loose? Also, do you have guidance on handling the working yarn for each color throughout the scarf? Would you cut the yarn at each color change, or is it possible to carry them all through? Thank you. Jaime

    • Chris on

      Hi Jaime,
      I find the smaller gauge loom and lighter weight yarn defines the lines better. Check out this post where I used worsted weight yarn, to see the difference. It also shows how to add different color yarn within your project. Finally, I do carry the same yarn over a couple of rows: ie, 1 row white, 2 rows green, 1 row white – I’ll carry that white yarn through. More than that, though, and I’ll tie the color off and add it later, when needed. Chris

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