The rules for these scarf designs were fairly simple. Each pattern has to be easy enough that a person with basic knitting skills (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) could complete their scarf with confidence. That meant no cables, twisted stitches, entrelac, intarsia, or stranded knitting. Now I'm not saying that new knitters can't accomplish these techniques, because of course they can - but I have found that some of these techniques can be a bit intimidating. I wanted to design patterns that new knitters could easily tackle and would yield spectacular looking results.
My go to for inspiration has been slipped stitches. So simple, yet so powerful in two-color knitting. It sure looks like you have to knit with both colors at the same time, but in reality, it's one color knit for two rows at a time. I did allow some purling, if the rows were simple enough, but in all cases a knit could be substituted for the purl if the knitter was just more comfortable that way.
While the pattern is written as a 12 row repeat, there are really only 2 rows with any action other than knit. So, it can be quickly memorized. The result is a textured, non-rolling fabric with a fairly attractive reverse side. The stitch pattern is adapted from the Windowpane Stripe pattern presented in Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Schoolhouse Press, 1998, p. 58.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. And be sure to visit the Project Yarnway Finals over on Ravely and vote for your favorites. (search in Groups for Project Yarnway).
|Right Side Detail|
|Reverse Side Detail - not altogether unattractive if not a truely reversible design.|