I created this scarf to show how lovely the ripple effect looks even when it’s on a simple and narrow scarf like this blue one. If you are a beginner who already knows how to knit and purl then this pattern is perfect to take your skills to the next level. Remember, we can do anything we put your minds to.
The pattern for this scarf
It’s a simple pattern that consists of just 4 rows which you repeat until your scarf is of the desired length.
Row 3 (R3) is the row that is demonstrated in the video above. I didn’t want to include the rest of the other rows as that would make the video way too long and probably too boring.
Foundation rows: Knit all for 5 rows.
R1: Knit all.
R2: K3, purl all, K3
R3: K3, [K2tog x 3], [yoK1 x 6], [K2tog x 3], K3.
R4: Knit all.
To end the scarf: Knit all for an additional 5 rows.
What I used
Size 7 needles to match the chunky yarn
3 balls of yarn
2 markers made out of black yarn from my stash
a piece of card to track the rows as I made them
Casting on and using markers
Cast on 3 + 18 + 3 stitches which means a total of 24 stitches. Place a marker after the first 3 stitches and just before the last 3 stitches.
This way, you will clearly mark out the middle section which is 18 stitches between the two markers. It will also allow you to keep better track of Row 3 with all the ‘knit togethers’ and ‘yarn overs’.
Reducing and increasing in the middle section
Know that in this pattern,
- when you (K2tog x 3) twice, you will reduce by 6 stitches
- when you (yoK1 x 6) once, you put back the same 6 stitches
Thus keeping the total count at 18 in the middle section and if you include the first 3 and last 3 stitches, you will be back at 24. That’s really why you use the markers so that from time to time, you do a check to make sure you have these 18 stitches in the middle section.
Sometimes, I lose my concentration and get distracted (I do!) as I repeat row after row and then find myself knitting one too many stitches together or creating extra yarn-overs thus increasing total stitch count. So, I would like to double check every now and then.
Odd and even rows
The other thing to note is that the odd row will show the ripple effect and the even row is the reverse of the scarf. That way you will also know when you are on the right track.
Like for example, as you turn over after Row 2 to start Row 3, you should see all the lovely ripples on this side of the scarf you are about to start. If you don’t then you would have to re-do the last preceding row. In this case, you might have done twice of Row 2, by mistake.
Now, I don’t want you to feel like this is going to be a difficult project. It is not. I promise you that. You’ll be fine if you keep track of where you are in the pattern as you go along.
The next project
Once you have finished with this scarf, you will be confident to take things to yet another level. Remember that middle section above that I emphasised so much about? Well, what I did was to repeat that middle section 5 times so that my scarf would end up wider and with more ripples. Check out my Rainbow Ripple Scarf for the full pattern.
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