This free knit scarf pattern takes good advantage of the depth of color in this alpaca yarn. The stitch, which is a modified staggered Daisy or Marguerite Stitch, offers a ton of texture which also allows the colors in the yarn to come through and shine.
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I love to work with alpaca because it is super soft so it’s great to wear against the skin – in this case the neck. It’s also super warm so a little fabric goes a long way. Use the keyhole opening to adjust this short scarf around your neck to adjust your temperature when you are out in the weather!
8” wide x 44” long, after blocking
3 skeins King Cole Baby Alpaca Dk (LoveCrafts affiliate link) (100% alpaca/50g/100yds) in #664 Damson
Knitting needles size US 4/3.50mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Find King Cole yarns at your local yarn store or at LoveCrafts.com
22 sts x 28 rows = 4/10 cm after blocking
Note on gauge: Alpaca tends to loosen up during blocking and in use which is why this project is knit to a relatively tight gauge. If you don’t want to block your swatch (and I know some of you don’t !) be aware the scarf looks too narrow and too long and a little curly before blocking. I really really really recommend wet blocking this before wear.
DS – daisy stitch (see Special Stitches)
K – knit
P – purl
Rep – repeat
St(s) – stitch(es)
Tog – together
Daisy Stitch- (k, yo, k) in next 3 sts together
Cast on 45 sts.
Knit 6 rows for garter stitch border.
Pattern Stitch Section:
Row 1 (WS): K3, p across until 3 sts remain, k3.
Row 2 (RS): K3, *DS, k3. Rep from * across.
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: K6, *DS, k3. Rep from * across until 3 sts remain, k3.
Rep Rows 1 – 4 for pattern until work measures approximately 24” ending with a RS Row. To be honest, I just knit until I finished the second ball of yarn!
Rows 1 – 6: Knit.
Row 7 (WS): K12, bind off 21, knit to end.
Row 8 (RS): K12, cast on 21 sts, knit to end.
Rows 9 – 14: Knit.
Resume Pattern Stitch Section and work until work measures, 10” or desired length past keyhole opening, making sure you have at least 10 yards of yarn left for the Second Border, ending with a RS row.
Knit 5 rows, bind off knitwise.
Weave in all ends.