This lovely scarf is reversible with wrapped cluster puff stitches set against a background of marled seed stitch. This particular pattern has the puff stitches arranged in diagonal accent stripes, but they can easily be rearranged into an all-over pattern, horizontal stripes or any design that the knitter chooses. The pink and cream yarns create a soft, subtle contrast between the puff stitches and the textured background, but it would be simple to achieve a bolder look by using colors that contrast more strongly. The selvedge stitches of the scarf are worked as twisted slip-stitches for neat edges and the twisted fringe is added with a crochet hook after knitting for a decorative finish.
Time: Weekend Project
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 6″ [15 cm] width x 66″ [168 cm] length (excluding fringe)
Gauge: 14 sts and 28 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in seed st
Yarn: Knit Picks Snuggle Puff (70% Pima cotton, 30% nylon; 142 yards [130 meters]/50 grams): BO Lamb (MC, 3 balls), ZR97 Piglet (CC, 2 balls)
Needles: US size 10 (6.0 mm) needles
Notions: One US size 10 (6.0 mm) double-pointed needle, tapestry needle, US J/10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook (for adding fringe)
Wrapped Cluster Puff Stitch (WCP): P1, k1 onto dpn, drop CC, wrap MC yarn counterclockwise 8 times, sl wrapped sts pwise to right needle.
The number of wraps may be modified as desired for a smaller or larger puff.
The scarf is worked flat from end to end.
The yarn is held double throughout, with 1 strand of MC held together with 1 strand of CC, except for the puff stitches, which are worked with 1 strand of MC by itself.
Try to avoid twisting the MC and CC strands together while working; if twisted, the working yarns will need to be untwisted before each WCP so that the MC will be free for wrapping.
With MC and CC held tog and long-tail CO method, CO 22 sts.
Row 1 (WS): [K1, p1] across.
Row 2 (RS): Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1] to last st, sl1k wyif.
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: Sl1k wyib, k1, WCP, [p1, k1] to last 2 sts, p1, sl1k wyif.
Row 5-7: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 8: Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1] twice, k1, WCP, [p1, k1] to last 2 sts, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 9-11: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 12: Sl1k wyib, k1, WCP, p1, k1] 3 times, WCP, [p1, k1] to last 2 sts, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 13-15: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 16: Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1 twice, k1, WCP, [p1, k1] three times, WCP, [p1, k1] twice, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 17-19: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 20: Sl1k wyib, k1, WCP, *[p1, k1] 3 times, WCP; rep from * once more, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 21-23: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 24: Rep Row 16.
Rows 25-27: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 28: Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1] 4 times, k1, WCP, [p1, k1] 3 times, WCP, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 29-31: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 32: Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1] 6 times, k1, WCP, [p1, k1] twice, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 33-35: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 36: Sl1k wyib, [k1, p1] to last 5 sts, k1, WCP, p1, sl1k wyif.
Rows 37-39: Rep Rows 1-3.
Rep Rows 4-39 two times.
Rep Rows 2-3 until scarf measures approximately 50″ (or 16″ shorter than desired length).
Rep Rows 4-39 three times.
BO and cut yarns, leaving a 6″ tail.
Work into CO edge with MC held double.
Row 1: Sc into each available space.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sc, draw live loop out 10″, twist clockwise 25 times, sl st into same st to secure twisted loop] across. Fasten off. Cut yarns, leaving a 6″ tail.
Rep Rows 1-2 along BO edge.
Weave in all ends.
Block scarf as needed.
I don’t understand sl1k, especially as last stitch??
Hello! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor
From the designer: The abbreviation “sl1k” means “slip 1 stitch knitwise” in this pattern. That is to say, the stitch should be slipped knitwise rather than purlwise in order to create a twisted slipstitch selvedge edge.
Hope that helps! – Nicola, Editor