Friday, May 17, 2013

Back Road Scarf

I'm on a roll this summer with Knitscene.  This year's Accessories issue is now available download and for print pre-order, including one of my designs!  Back Road Scarf is a generous, wide scarf with a delicate (and easy) crocheted edging.  I even wrote a tutorial for the edging for the magazine, so even if you've never crocheted in your life, you can get a great introduction.  

© Knitscene/Harper Point

I used two different yarn weights for the body of the scarf and the edging to keep the fabric consistent because crochet is so much denser than knitting.  Happily, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock and DK Lively work perfectly for this.  (Thanks to Kim Werker for her talk on crochet at last year's Knit City; she put the idea in my head to use a different weight yarn for a crocheted edging.)

© Knitscene/Harper Point

For a care-free, bright look, I chose Shanny Pants for the main body of the scarf and worked it in an engaging, but simple knit-and-purl check pattern that includes parallelograms.  The crochet edging is worked in three different colors - Sassafras, Nekkid, and Lichen.  

© Andrea Rangel

I love the fantastic stitch definition that both yarns have.  Even the semi-solid colors show off the stitch patterns beautifully.  The scalloped edging might be a little girly, but without it, I think this would make a fantastic men's scarf too.  

© Knitscene/Harper Point
© Knitscene/Harper Point

This scarf looks especially beautiful after blocking.  I used blocking wires to help the scallops really pop.

© Andrea Rangel

The magazine is now available for download, or if you prefer print, you can pre-order your copy.  You can see the pattern on Ravelry too.

UPDATE: Yarn kits for this scarf are now available through the Hazel Knits online store.  Check out the great color combinations available!

Pattern Info
Finished Measurements
87.5 in/222 cm long and 10.5 in/26.5 cm wide

(90% superwash merino, 10% nylon; 275 yd 251 m per 130g skein): 
Color #228 Shanny Pants, 3 skeins 

(90% superwash merino, 10% nylon; 400 yd/366 m per 120g skein):
Colors: #246 Sassafras, 1 skein (I used about 50 yd/46 m); #200 Nekkid, 1 skein (I used about 70 yd/64 m); #269 Lichen, 1 skein (I used about 50 yd/46 m)

22 sts and 33 rows = 4 in/10 cm in checks pattern, after blocking

Needles & Notions 
Size US #6/4 mm needles 
Size E/3.5 mm crochet hook

tapestry needle

following a knit-and-purl chart, crochet: single crochet, slip stitch, double crochet


  1. I love it! Just when I think I'll never need to knit another scarf... I just purchased crochet hooks and decided to try crochet too this summer.

  2. Glad to hear it! Crochet really is fun. Every time I see a granny square, I feel irresistibly compelled to make one. One of these days I'll have to put an afghan together.


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