Functional Friday: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood

The beginning of this scarf’s story is my brother-in-law-to-be. In the winter a couple years ago, he was looking for a scarf that wouldn’t make him look like he was part of a frost giant clan. All the commercial scarves he bought were too short because he is so tall. He actually requested that I make him a scarf, so I did; it ended up being a Christmas gift.

Patrick's Scarf 3

First thing, I hate making scarves where the front looks great, but the back looks horrible. I need them to be reversible. I really like to look of stockinet stitch, but in order to do that I would have to knit it in the round (like a tube) and close the ends with tassels. Patrick didn’t want tassels so that kind was out.

I quickly reverted to Ravelry and trolling in the internet in general for something that looked promising. It was really sheer happenstance that I stumbled upon the pattern for this scarf! Knit in Noro Silk garden, the colour shifts really do this scarf credit. I always wanted to actually do one with Noro yarn but so far I have only used Charisma Loops and Threads yarn. I chose a solid and a variegated yarn so the stripes were a little more distinct. I really REALLY liked the end result; it wasn’t as plain as solid stripes but it wasn’t too much colour.

Patrick's Scarf

The yarn I chose worked out really well because the solid colours also had a corresponding multicolored yarn. I made Paul’s youngest brother a forest green one, the middle brother got one in shades of gray and I have the yarn for Paul’s in a blue. I still haven’t managed to get any time for knitting it though. Since Paul got a new winter coat, he doesn’t wear scarves much, the neckline is very high.

Now for the pattern itself! It is a 1X1 rib that looks like plain stockinet stitch when completed. Usually with a 2X2 rib you can see the purl stitches and you get that sweater hem look. Since the one purl gives the garment the stretch it needs while looking like plain stockinet stitch, I always use a rib pattern with only one purl stitch; usually a 3X1.

Patrick's Scarf 2

The edges are slip stitch and look very finished and professional. It has the added benefit of allowing you to carry the ball of yarn you aren’t currently using, up the side. So it is reversible and completely finished in the end. There is no weaving required at all! It is the simplest stitch pattern, yet you get a beautiful end product. What is not to like?