rainbow ripple scarf

Rainbow Ripple Scarf

This scarf was knitted with No. 6 circular needles and a DK yarn called the ColourWheel. I bought a ball more for the gorgeous variegated colours that were close to all the colours in the chakras. Then I challenged myself to creating a scarf with just this one ball eschewing the pattern that came on the reverse side of the label.

ripple scarf

This is the pattern that I eventually designed for the scarf and if you noticed from the picture above, I divided the scarf into 5 segments of the repeated pattern, separating each section with a marker made with a piece of orange yarn.

5 repetitions of 18 stitches each

There are altogether 5 segments of 18 stitches each, not counting the 2 stitches at the start and 2 at the end. The finished width is just about 30 cm. It’s what I would consider a fairly wide scarf that could cover my shoulders as well. It came out exactly the way I wanted.

THE PATTERN

Cast on: 2 + 18 + 18 + 18 + 18 + 18 + 2 = 94 stitches. That would be a total of 94 stitches.
Foundation row: Knit all for 6 rows.
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R1: Knit all.
R2: K2, purl, K2.
R3: K2, [K2tog x 3], [yoK1 x 6], [K2tog x 3], K2.
R4: K2, purl, K2
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To end the scarf: Knit all for 6 rows.

Repeat till your desired length

Repeat (***R1 to R4***) till the ball of yarn almost runs out, ending with R4, but with enough left to knit all for another 6 rows. This will give the ending edge the same wavy look as the starting edge. I found out the hard way when, as you can see from the picture below, how the ending edge looked the first time I finished the scarf. It was straight!
ripple scarf
The ending edge wasn’t anything like the start so I needed to re-do it to get the wavy look.

Things to note as you go along….

A couple of other things to note is that twice I had to unravel to find out where I went wrong when the ripple turned itself over to the opposite side of the scarf even though I had used a piece of paper to chart my rows. With a repeated pattern, it’s easy to miss a row or two. So be careful.

One more thing to note

The other thing was I actually had to unravel to re-do the last 6 rows of knit twice all because the final row was transiting from yellow ochre to bright orange on the last 5 stitches! Aargh! So, being the perfectionist that I am, of course, that was a no-no. Way too stark a change in colour.

Happy knitting

Other than that, it was a pretty good pattern and, as with all variegated yarn, once you start you can’t wait for each colour to change.
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