Building Blocks: Scarves
Building Blocks: Scarves
Designed by Courtney Kelley, this #KWBuildingBlocks pattern is designed to be one of the only scarf patterns you’ll ever need! Laid out a little differently than our other Kelbourne Woolens designs, this pattern is a little more word-heavy and breaks down some of the intermediate-level techniques in order to make the knitting easy and enjoyable. The hope is that you not only learn something along the way, you end up with a fabulous scarf - or scarves - as well!
Flats or Circulars? A scarf can be worked on straight needles, or you can use a circular needle and work back and forth. It’s really just a matter of convenience or personal preference.
Slipping stitches: To keep a tidy edge to your work, slip the first stitch of every row without knitting it. Slip the stitch as if to purl, with your working yarn in front. For scarf A and C you will then move the yarn to the back of the work between the points of your needles. For Scarf B you will keep the yarn in front to purl on WS rows.
Cabling Front vs. Back (Left vs. Right): Some patterns use “front” or “back” to describe a cable direction, and some use “left” or “right.” Front and back describes the action you must take as a knitter, and left and right describe the direction in which the cable leans. For a “front” / “left” cable you hold the stitches to be twisted to the front, and then work them so that the cable leans to the left. For a “back” / “right” cable you hold the stitches to be cabled to the back, and then work them so that the cable leans to the right.
Kelbourne Woolens Germantown (100% North American wool; 220 yds/100gm skein).
Scarf A / Garter Scarf: rhododendron 609, 2 skeins.
Scarf B / 2x2 Rib Scarf: navy 410 (MC), 2 skeins, jade 338 (CC), 1 skein.
Scarf C / Cabled Scarf: honey 708, 2 skeins.
17 sts + 30 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch, after blocking.
29 sts + 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in K2, P2 Ribbing, after blocking.
22 sts + 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in cable pattern, after blocking.
1 – US 7 (4.5 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular or pair straights.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary.
Locking stitch markers, darning needle, cable needle.
Scarf A / 8” (20.25 cm) width, 60” (152.5 cm) length.
Scarf B / 8.25” (21 cm) width, 60” (152.5 cm) length.
Scarf C / 7.25” (18.5 cm) width, 60” (152.5 cm) length.
Scarf A / Knitting.
Scarf B / Knitting, purling.
Scarf C / Knitting, purling, basic cables.
Photography by Linette Kielinski
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