Posted by: Kate | March 1, 2008

A Weekend Project

Actually, it was last weekend’s project, but you could do it in a weekend. Well, those of you for whom the words “knit” and “purl” have greater personal meaning than as occasional crossword entries.

My friend Carolyn had a birthday last week, so we met for lunch and I made her a quick scarf. Probably six hours of actual knitting, if we don’t count the ripping back and resizing.  Barbara Walker calls the stitch pattern “seafoam” in her Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and it’s far simpler than it looks.


The yarn? To die for. It’s called Royal Llama Silk, by Plymouth Yarns. It’s incredibly warm and soft, a bit like working with chenille without all the squeaking and shedding and ick factor. It’s expensive, sadly, because otherwise I’d be lining my entire house with it.

The pattern? Simple:

Carolyn’s Scarf
Loosely CO 26 sts (or any multiple of 10 + 6).
Row 1: K across.
Row 2: K6, *(yo, k1, yo twice, k1, yo three times, k1, yo twice, k1, yo)*, k6, rep between **s, k6.
Row 3: K across, dropping all yo’s as you go (return to 26 sts).
Rows 4, 5 and 6: K across.
Row 7: K1, rep between **s, k6, rep between **s, k6, rep between **s, k1.
Row 8: K across, dropping all yo’s as you go.
Rows 9 and 10: K across.

Repeat until desired length, BO loosely.

Note: The “loosely” part of the BO and CO matters – this stitch pattern tends to expand a lot, so too-tight starts and finishes will gather.


  1. Very pretty!

    I think you have a CO where your BO should be.

  2. Duly noted and immediately fixed – thanks!

  3. P.S. Lisa – you may have noticed, it’s a pattern with only knit stitches… no purls required!

  4. Gorgeous!

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