Color POP Scarf

The classic houndstooth pattern gets an update with a pop of color in this modern scarf. Two options are provided: knit it in a tube in the round so all the floats are hidden, or knit it flat and add a sweet lining to cover the back side. Either way you’ll have a lovely piece, for yourself or for gift giving.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approx. 8″ / [20 cm] x 50″ / [125 cm] long, after blocking

Gauge: 22 sts = 4” [10 cm] in St st in the rnd.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Anzula For Better or Worsted (80% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; 200 yards [182 meters]/114 grams): Petunia (CC1, 1 ball), Cream (CC2, 1 ball), Black (CC3, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs, 2 circulars, or magic loop if working in the rnd. If working flat, one pair US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, (optional) 10” x 43” fabric lining – use a piece of satin or similar

Pattern Notes

Scarf Version 1 is knit flat.

Scarf Version 2 is knit in the rnd.

Pattern

Scarf Version 1

Using CC1, CO 48 sts.

Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rep Row 1 for 4”.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Cut CC1. Change to CC2.

Row 1 (RS): *K8, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times, k to end. (44 sts)

Row 2 (WS): P2, pm, p to last 2 sts, pm, p2.

Attach CC3, work even numbered rows of chart from left to right. With CC2 and CC3, work houndstooth chart. Take care to strand floats evenly across back of work. To keep floats loose, stretch out sts of your last color on right needle before you bring your new color across the back.

Row 3: K2 (CC2), sm, work Row 1 of Chart across row to marker, sm, k2 (CC2).

Row 4: P2 (CC2), sm, work Row 2 of Chart across row to marker, sm, p2 (CC2).

Row 5: K2 (CC2), sm, work Row 3 of Chart across row to marker, sm, k2 (CC2).

Row 6: P2 (CC2), sm, work Row 4 of Chart across row to marker, sm, p2 (CC2).

Rep Rows 3-6 until Scarf meas approx. 46” or desired length, ending with Row 6.

Next Row (RS): Using CC2, *k8, m1; rep from * 3 more times, k to end. (48 sts)

Change to CC1. Cut CC2 and CC3.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rep Row 2 for 4”.

BO loosely in patt.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Block to size.

Lining

Cut fabric to 1” wider than Scarf and 1” longer than Houndstooth portion of Scarf; don’t line the pink borders.

Hem the fabric all around, using a straight or a zigzag st.

Pin fabric in place to the back of Scarf, letting the edge of Scarf curl slightly over the edge of the fabric. Using a slightly loose hem st, sew the fabric to Scarf.

Scarf Version 2

Using CC1, CO 96 sts.

Place a marker to designate beg of rnd, join in the rnd, being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnd 1 for 4”.

Next Rnd: Knit all around.

Cut CC1. Change to CC2.

Next Rnd: *K8, k2tog; rep from * 7 more times, k to end. (88 sts)

Attach CC3. With CC2 and CC3, work houndstooth chart in the rnd, always reading chart from right to left. The 4-st rep is worked a total of 22 times each rnd.

Rep chart Rnds 1-4 until work meas approx. 46” or desired length from cast-on edge, ending with Rnd 4.

Next Rnd: Using CC2, *k8, m1, rep from * 7 more times, k to end. (96 sts)

Change to CC1. Cut CC2 and CC3.

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 2 for 4”.

BO loosely in patt.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Block to size.

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