I’m from further north than you

I have been having a little difficulty translating the scarf design I showed a peep of here into a pattern. It consists of many diagonal stripes which stop and start randomly across the scarf so there is no easy repeat to write or chart. (I tried to do both and ended up turning the air blue) – it is just too unwieldy to write out.

So, I am going to use this post as a ‘recipe’ for the scarf and it can be up to the knitter where they start and stop the stripes.

First, here’s a proper look at it…

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It’s called ‘I’m from further north than you’ after the Wedding Present song I was listening to while wrestling with the pattern writing.

Here is how you do it:

MATERIALS

Regia 4-fädig Tweed – 3 x 50g

Around 5 yards each of 2 colours in 4ply or finer for stripes

FINISHED SIZE

Length: around 154cm

Width: around 24cm

(I found this to be the right length to double the scarf and tuck the ends through the loop as in the last picture above. This means you can see the garter stitch diagonal at the end and the coloured stripes in the main part round your neck.)

TENSION/GAUGE

This is not too important as long as your garter stitch tension is not wildly different from your stocking stitch tension. If so, your ends will be a lot wider than your middle… you could use a smaller needle to start/finish but be aware that the garter stitch and stocking stitch sections do merge together for a number of rows.

PATTERN

Cast on 56 st in main colour yarn

Work in garter st for 23 rows

Row 24: P1, K to end

Row 25: Knit

Row 26: P2, K to end

Continue in this way, adding an extra purl stitch on every even row until you have reached 10 purl stitches (or 10st in stocking stitch)

Next row: K to last st, P1

Next row: P11, K to end

Next row: K to 2nd last st, P1

Next row: P12, K to end

Keep going like this, adding another P stitch on the right side for every 10 stitches across the stocking stitch pattern and shifting it one stitch to the right every row. At the same time, continue adding another purl stitch on the wrong side for every row until the garter stitch section ends. You will then be continuing in stocking stitch with purls instead of knits every 10th stitch on right side.

In this way, you will be creating diagonal trenches in which to crochet a chain of coloured stripes afterwards. Once you have finished the garter stitch section you should have a purl trench every 10th stitch of your row.

Now, here is where it becomes a ‘recipe’ rather than a pattern…

Sometimes, don’t start doing purl stitches when you get another 10 stitches across, start them further up on a later row (you will have to work out where they are in the row but it will be easy enough – 10 stitches from the last purl trench). Sometimes, stop one purl trench some way up it and restart it again after several rows so you create a two part stripe. Sometimes, finish it before it reaches the other edge of the scarf. The stripe pattern is really up to you – I tried not to make too many gaps close to each other – mix them up a bit. Although I made sure my first and last stripes were full length.

Tip: if you slip stitch the coloured stripes into the trenches as you go along (once a trench is finished) you can see better how the colours/gaps look and this can help you decide what to do later. You can also use two colours for one stripe if you have a gap in the middle.

Once your scarf reaches around 130cm long, begin another garter stitch diagonal by knitting on both sides instead of creating another trench – one stitch extra of garter for each right side row. Continue until the entire row is garter stitch. Knit in garter stitch for 23 more rows. Cast off.

Surface crochet stripes: Using a small crochet hook and your choice of coloured yarns, make a slip knot, insert the crochet hook through the first stitch in purl trench and catch the slip knot on reverse side. Pull loop through to front side, insert crochet hook into 2nd stitch of trench and loop yarn round on reverse side. Pull hook through to front and through previous loop. Continue until you reach the end of the trench or a gap. Cut yarn, pull through last loop in front then using a darning needle, pull end through to reverse (over end of last loop) and sew in yarn end on reverse.

Tip: As the scarf is mainly stocking stitch it will curl at the edges without blocking. I found that the Regia yarn responded well to a steam iron on the reverse side to prevent curling. Please check your yarn ball for ironing instructions.

That’s it! Enjoy your scarf! Happy knitting!

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