Northern Lights Skinny Scarf – a Pattern

My first pattern for 2015 was inspired by the soon-to-come cruise to Norway that I’m taking with a friend. The colours and swirls of the hope-to-be-seen Northern Lights

The real Northern Lights

The real Northern Lights

and a friend who needs a scarf, united in this.

Woolly Incarnation of Northern Lights

Woolly Incarnation of Northern Lights

I hope you agree – it is a close match! I also used some other night sky colours.
scarfI adapted the candlelight pattern and used an aran weight alpaca mix yarn – you can either use one colour, variegated yarn or like me go bold and use different colours for a striped effect. I used five 50g skeins to create a long 20 cms by 185 cms skinny scarf.
Pattern:
Cast on 1.
Row 1: K, YO, K in one stitch – going forward, I will use kinc2 annotation.
Row 2: P3
Row 3: K1, kinc2, k1.
Row 4: P5
Row 5: K2, kinc2, k2.
Row 6: P7
Row 7: K3, kinc2, k3.
Row 8: P9
Row 9: K4, kinc2, k4, cast on 3 stitches.
Row 10: P1, k2, p11, cast on 3 stitches.
Row 11: Kinc2, p2, k4, slip 2 stitches knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over (I will use sl2kpsso annotation), k4, p2, kinc2.
Row 12: P3, k2, p9, k2, p3.
Row 13: K1, kinc2, k1, p2, k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, k1.
Row 14: P5, k2, p7, k2, p5.
Row 15: K2, kinc2, k2, p2, k2, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, k2, kinc2, k2.
Row 16: P7, k2, p5, k2, p7.
Row 17: K3, kinc2, k3, p2, k1, sl2kpsso, k1, p2, k3, kinc2, k3.
Row 18: P9, k2, p3, k2, p9.
Row 19: K4, kinc2, k4, p2, sl2kpsso, p2, k4, kinc2, k4, cast on 3 stitches.
Row 20: P1, k2, p11, k2, p1, k2, p11, k2, p1, cast on 3 stitches.
scarf1

Row 21: Kinc2, *p2, k4, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, repeat from *
Row 22: P3, *k2, p9, k2, p3, repeat from *
Row 23: K1, kinc2, k1, *p2, k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, repeat from *
Row 24: P5, *k2, p7, k2, p5, repeat from *
Row 25: K2, kinc2, k2, *p2, k2, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, k2, kinc2, k2, repeat from *
Row 26: P7, *k2, p5, k2, p7, repeat from *
Row 27: K3, kinc2, k3, *p2, k1, sl2kpsso, k1, p2, k3, kinc2, k3, repeat from *
Row 28: P9, *k2, p3, k2, p9, repeat from *
Row 29: *K4, kinc2, k4, p2, sl2kpsso, p2, repeat from *
Row 30: *P1, k2, p11, k2, repeat from * end with cast on 3 stitches after last p11

You have now created the angled end of the scarf
Angled edgeNow work on the body of the scarf and creating a three stitch edge to help the scarf lie flat.
Row 31: P1, m1, k3, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, p2, k4, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, p2, k4, sl2kpsso, k3, m1, p1.
Row 32: K1, p9, k2, p3, k2, p9, k2, p3, k2, p9, k1.
Row 33: P1, m1, p1, *k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, k1, p2, repeat from * to last two stitches, p1, m1, p1.
Row 34: K2, p7, k2, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, k2, p7, k2.
Row 35: P1, m1, p2, k2, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, k2, kinc2, k2, p2, repeat from * to last three stitches, p2, m1, p1.
Row 36: K3, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, k3.
Row 37: P3, kinc2, p2, k4, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, p2, k4, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, p3.
Row 38: K3, p3, k2, p9, k2, p3, k2, p9, k2, p3, k3.
Row 39: P3, k1, kinc2, k1, p2, k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, k1, p2, k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, k1, p3.
Row 40: K3, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, k3.
Row 41: P3, *k2, kinc2, k2, p2, k2, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, repeat from * to last three stitches, p3.
Row 42: K3, p7, k2, p5, k2, p7, k2, p5, p7, k3.
Row 43: P3, k3, kinc2, k3, p2, k1, sl2kpsso, k1, p2, k3, kinc2, k3, p2, k1, sl2kpsso, k1, p2, k3, kinc2, k3, p3.
Row 44: K3, p9, k2, p3, k2, p9, k2, p3, k2, p9,k3.
Row 45: P3, *k4, kinc2, k4, p2, sl2kpsso, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 46: K3, p1, k2, p1, k2, p11, k2, p1, k2, p11, k3.
Row 47: P3, *k4, sl2kpsso, k4, p2, kinc2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 48: K3, *p9, k2, p3, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.
Row 49: P3, *k3, sl2kpsso, k3, p2, k1, kinc2, k1, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 50: K3, *p7, k2, p5, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.
Row 51: P3, *k2, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, k2, kinc2, k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 52: K3, *p5, k2, p7, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.
Row 53: P3, *k1, sl2kpsso, k2, p2, k3, kinc2, k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 54: K3, *p3, k2, p9, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.
Row 55: P3, *sl2kpsso, p2, k4, kinc2, k4, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3.
Row 56: K3, *p1, k2, p11, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.
ScarfNow just carry on with the scarf until it’s long enough. Wait until you have decreased the “leaves” at either end of the scarf  to 1 stitch. Then decrease in pattern for the three border stitches at both ends and the remaining one stitch from the leaf. Carry on with the pattern as normal for the leaf in the middle i.e. you are reversing the steps you knitted when you started the scarf.

I added a tassle at either end to help weigh down the scarf in windy weather. And that’s it. This pattern creates a lovely stretchy scarf which is also reversible.
Right side of scarfReverse of scarfHope you enjoy this pattern!

 

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About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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2 Responses to Northern Lights Skinny Scarf – a Pattern

  1. Beautiful! Definitely reminiscent of the lights. We took a cruise of Norway last summer – wrong time of year for the Northern Lights, but gorgeous nonetheless.

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