Sampler, a warm woolly scarf to keep out the winter draughts and just what you need to knit when the temperatures hit 30°C. We had this scarf as a sample at Woolfest and we also meant to have the pattern all typed up and ready to go.  Well that was the plan, it was never going to happen.

So summer finally turns up and as the temperatures soar we finally have the pattern ready to, perfect timing.  Maybe keep it in mind for when the British weather returns to its usual summer temperatures and a scarf in summer doesn’t seem quite so silly.

Sampler-back
Do you know how it is when you see someone wearing something knitted but you can’t make it too obvious that you’re trying to workout the pattern without looking like a stalker?  At a show I saw someone wearing a hand knitted shawl of different textures in a dull green colour, it looked good, very good, I could do that, dye up some yarn and make up a pattern, couldn’t I?    We also needed a sample for shows and I obviously let my imagination run riot when I thought up the name for this one.

Sampler-close-up
So here it is, a scarf, worked from a provisional cast on, panels of tent stitch, basketweave and moss stitch stripes tapered down so that when it’s wrapped around there’s not too much bulk and with some fat tassels to lend a bit of weight

sampler

Sampler

Finished measurements:
190 cm along the top
30 cm along central eyelets

You will need
2 x 100g Ainsworth & Prin 4ply merino (400m/436yds per skein) colour shown is Greenfinch
Needles
3.25mm/US 3 needles or size to obtain tension
1 x 4mm/US 6 crochet hook
Contrasting, smooth waste yarn
Darning needle
DVD case

Abbreviations
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
p: purl
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
m1: make 1 stitch – with the tip of the left needle pick up strand between the two needles from front to back. Knit into the back of the loop.
rem: remain
rep: repeat.
RS/LS: Right side/Left side.
sl: slip stitch purlwise without knitting it.
St(s): stitche(s)
Wyib: with yarn in back – yarn away from the side you are working on.
yo: Yarn over needle.

Tension
32 sts and 61 rows worked over tent stitch.

Tent Stitch – multiple of 8 sts plus 3
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: K3, *p5, k3; rep from * to end of row.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: K3, *sl5 wyib, k3; rep from * to end of row.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: As row 2.
Row 7: K5 * insert the tip of the left needle under the long thread, then knit the next stitch, drawing the yarn under the thread before placing the stitch on the right needle, k7; rep from * end last rep k5.
Row 8: As row 2.

tent-stitch

Basket Weave Stitch – multiple of 4 sts plus 3
Row 1 (RS): *P3, k1; rep from * until 3 sts rem, p3.
Row 2: *K3, p1; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3.
Row 3: As row 1.
Row 4: K1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 5: P1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 6: As row 4.

Cast on for Right Hand Side
Using crochet provisional cast on cast on 90 sts.

Next row (RS): Knit.
Next row: K3, M1 k to end of row. (91 sts)

Tent Stitch Section
**Starting with row 1 work the 8 rows of the tent stitch pattern  11 times giving 11 arrows in all.

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 2 rows.
K3, k2tog, k to end (90 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Next row (WS): k3, * p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Knit 6 rows ending with RS facing for next row. **

Basket Weave Section and Start Decreasing
Starting with row 1 of pattern continue in Basket Weave Stitch setting the pattern and placing decreases on the first and EVERY following 4th row as follows.

The position of the decrease and rate of every 4th row continues through all subsequent changes in stitch pattern. The decreases may be p2tog or k2tog depending on where they fall in the pattern.

Row1 (RS): K3, p2tog, p1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3. (89 sts)
Row 2: K3, *p1, k3; rep from * until 6 sts rem, p1, k5.
Row 3: K3, p2, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3.
Row 4: K5, *p1, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 5: K3, p2tog, p2, k1 *p3, k1; rep from * until 5 sts rem, p2, k3.
Row 6: K5, *p1, k3; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3.

Continue in Basket Stitch working the 6 row pattern 11 times in total. (73 sts)

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 7 rows maintaining decreases and garter border. (71 sts)
Next row (WS): K3, *p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Knit 6 rows maintaining decreases. (70 sts)

Moss stitch stripes
Row 1 (RS): K3, k2tog, k to end. (69 sts)
Row 2: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 5: K3, p2tog, * k1, p1; rep from * until 4 sts rem, k4. (68 sts)
Row 6: K3, *k1, p1; rep from * until 3 sts remain, k3.

Continue in Moss Stitch working the 6 row pattern 12 times in total, then rep rows 1-4 once more. (12 moss stitch stripes). (51 sts)

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 7 rows maintaining decreases. (49 sts)

Next Row (WS): K3, * p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Next Row: K3, k2tog, k to end of row. (48 sts)

Working straight with no decreasing knit 30 cms in garter stitch ending with RS facing for next row. (48 sts).

Next row (RS): K3, *k2tog; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3. (27 sts)
Next Row: Knit
Next Row (RS): *K3tog; rep from * to end. (7 sts)

Break the yarn leaving a 50cm tail, this will be used to attach the tassel. Thread the darning needle with the end and run back through the stitches on the needle twice so that these are now suspended on the yarn. Remove the knitting needle. Gently pull the yarn tight to gather up the knitting with the two sides meeting on the wrong side. Fasten with a few small stitches.

Left hand side
Unpick the chain of the crochet cast on and carefully pick up the stitches as the crochet yarn unravels. The first stitch will be a half stitch (90 sts).

Attach the yarn and start working from the end you started unraveling from with WS facing.

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 4 rows.
Next row (WS): K3, * p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
K 5 rows
Next row: K3, M1 k to end of row. (91 sts)

Work as RH side from ** to **

Basket Weave Section and Start Decreasing
Continue in Basket Weave Stitch setting the pattern and placing decreases on the first and EVERY following 4th row as follows.
The position of the decrease and rate of every 4th row continues through all subsequent changes in stitch pattern. The decreases may be p2tog or k2tog depending on where they fall in the pattern.

Row1 (RS): K4, *p3, k1; rep from * until 6 sts rem, p1, p2tog, k3. (89 sts)
Row 2: K5, *p1, k3; rep from * until 4 sts rem, p1, k3.
Row 3: K4, *p3, k1; from * until 5 sts rem p2, k3
Row 4: K3, *p1, k3; rep from * until 6 sts rem p1, k5.
Row 5: K3, p 2, *k1, p3; rep from * until 7 sts rem, p2, p2tog, k3. (88 sts)
Row 6: K6, *p1, k3, rep from * until 6 sts remain, p1, k5.

Continue in Basket Stitch working the 6 row pattern 11 times in total. (73 sts)

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 7 rows maintaining decreases and garter border. (71 sts)

Next row (WS): K3, *p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Knit 6 rows maintaining decreases. (70 sts)

Moss stitch stripes
Row 1: K to last 5 sts, k2 tog, k to end. (69 sts)
Row 2: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 5: K3, *k1, p1; rep from * until 6 sts rem, k1, p2tog, k3. (68 sts)
Row 6: K3, *p1, k1; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3.

Continue in Moss Stitch working the 6 row pattern 12 times in total, then rep rows 1-4 once more. (12 moss stitch stripes). (51 sts)

Garter Stitch and Eyelet Rows
Knit 7 rows maintaining decreases. (49 sts)

Next Row (WS): K3, * p2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Next Row: K3, k2tog, k to end of row. (48 sts)

Working straight in garter stitch to match the RH side, ending with RS facing for next row.

Next row (RS): K3, *k2tog; rep from * until 3 sts rem, k3. (27 sts)
Next Row: Knit
Next Row (RS): *K3tog; rep from * to end.

Gather and fasten off the stitches as before.

Block.

Tassels
Wrap the yarn around the short side of the DVD case 130 (ish) times. Thread the cast off thread under the wraps along the edge of the DVD case a couple of times and pull tight.
Cut through the wraps at the opposite end.
Pull the tassel up close to the end of the scarf and stitch in place.
Run the needle down through the middle of the tassel and out at the side about 2.5 cm down. Wrap the yarn tightly around the tassel a few times and then fasten off with a few stitches.
Trim the ends.
Repeat for the other side.

Or download the pdf here. Sampler scarf.

 

 

 

 

9 comments

  1. SuzieReply

    Hi, I love this scarf – thank you for the pattern. 🙂 I’d like to ask if the pattern will be on the blog for a while as I’m not ready to make it yet? tia x

    • LouiseReply

      Hi Suzie,
      Thank you for your kind comment, yes the pattern will remain on the blog.
      I hope you enjoy knitting it and if you find any mistakes please let me know.
      Louise

  2. PiaReply

    Hey there ! I have a little problem with the decreases of the first Basket Weave Section… Normaly i should have 90 sts before the BW section, and 73 sts after. But i can’t have this result if i decrease 2 times (1st and 4th row) in every 6 rows repeated 11 times… Right ?
    (Sorry for my bad english and my incomprehension!)
    Thank you for your help
    Pia 🙂

    • LouiseReply

      Hello Pia,
      Sorry about the delay in replying to you. You need to decrease 1 stitch every fourth row you knit. So that’s row 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, etc. as the pattern has 6 rows you don’t decrease on the same row of the pattern each time. I hope this makes sense if it doesn’t I typed it up on a spreadsheet just to check it was right (I never trust my maths), if you use the contact page I can send it to you.
      Thanks for getting in touch
      Louise

  3. PiaReply

    Ooooh ok ! This makes sense ! Now i feel stupid haha ! Thank you for your help. I’m so happy with the yarn and the start of my scarf (i’m impatient to see the result !)
    Bye and thank you again !

  4. PiaReply

    Hey ! I’m sorry but i have a problem again (i tried to understand where my error was but…)
    I’m supposed to have 70 sts before the Moss stitch stripes. If i repeat 12 times the pattern ( + rows 1-4 one more), i can’t arrive to 51 sts, right ?
    Sorry again to disturb you ! 🙁
    Bye
    Pia
    xx

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