Jack Fair Isle Scarf

Jack is a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting. The majority of the patterns are simple three- or four-stitch repeats divided by solid-colored stripes. It begins with ribbed ends that are worked back and forth then overlapped, creating a faux-buttoned closure. The remainder is worked circular in two halves. They are joined at the center with Kitchener stitch, creating a mirror image of the pattern. Because the scarf is worked circular, ends can be left inside rather than working them in. Jack is for the man in your life that appreciates knitting!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 7.5” wide x 53” long

Gauge: 25 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in color patt

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarn Cascade 220 Sport (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 164 yards [150 meters] 50 grams): #8400 Charcoal (MC, 2 balls), #8401 Silver Ash (A, 2 balls), #8892 Azure (B, 2 balls), #9404 Ruby (C, 1 ball), #8010 Natural (D, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular, US size 5 (3.75 mm) one DPN

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, stitch holder, six 0.5” buttons

Abbreviations

M1 (Make 1): Make a backwards loop and place on RH needle.

Special Stitches

2 x 2 Rib

Row 1 (WS): P2, *k2, p2; rep from * across row.

Row 2 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * across row.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Gauge is not critical to this project, but may affect the amount of yarn needed.

To avoid puckering of fabric, carry color not in use loosely across back of work. No need to cut unused colors not in use; carry them up length of scarf

Stitch count changes on Rnd 18 and Rnd 33 as follows:

Rnd 18 (Inc Rnd): (K24, M1) 4 times. (100 sts)

Rnd 33 (Dec Rnd): (K23, k2tog) 4 times. (96 sts)

Pattern

First Half

With MC, CO 102 sts.

Work even in 2 x 2 Rib for 4”, ending with a WS row.

Join for Overlap

Next Row (RS): K to last 6 sts, sl last 6 sts to DPN and hold behind LH needle, (k2tog) 6 times (1 st from each needle), place marker. (96 sts)

Referring to chart, work in rnds from this point, making sure to inc 4 sts on Rnd 18 and dec 4 sts on Rnd 33.

Work 3 complete reps of chart for a total of 156 rnds.

Cut all colors and place sts on holder.

Second Half

Work in 2 x 2 Rib as for First Half.

Join for Overlap

Next Row (RS): K to last 6 sts, sl last 6 sts to DPN and hold in front of LH needle, (k2tog) 6 times (1 st from each needle), sl 6 sts just worked back to LH needle, place marker. (96 sts)

Join A and work as for First Half, ending with Rnd 51 of final rep for a total of 155 rnds.

Cut all colors except A, leaving a very long end for sewing.

Finishing

With A, sew halves tog, using Kitchener Stitch.

Sew 3 buttons to each ribbed end, going through both layers of overlap.

Block lightly.

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