The Slithering Scarf

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Fairisle novelty scarf that looks like a snake with free knitting pattern

I knit the sample scarf using the colour change yarn I dyed in the cold pad dyeing tutorial but you can use any colour of your choice as the background. You might like to try a subtle variegated yarn or even the colours of your favourite footy team!

Size

Approximately 140cm long and 10cm wide along patterned length. (ie: head is slightly wider, tail is thinner).

Materials

Approx 160m black 8 ply wool for the fairisle patterning and 330m of variegated wool for the background colour.

A scrap of red 8 ply wool for the forked tongue.

I used about 75gm of Jo Sharp Classic DK 8 ply wool in colour black and 150gm of natural which I dyed using the colour-change yarn method in my cold pad dyeing tutorial.

Needles: A set of 4mm double pointed needles

Gauge

22sts per 10cm over fairisle pattern on 4mm needles

Abbreviations

Inc/Increase = knit the next st but do not drop it off the left hand needle, knit into back of the same stitch, then drop it off the left hand needle. You will have turned 1 stitch into 2 stitches.

Pattern

Using your background colour, cast on 6sts and join for circular knitting. Knit 1 round.

2nd round: Increase in each stitch. (12sts)

Knit 4 rounds.

7th round: Increase in each stitch (24sts).

Join black yarn and continue as follows in stripes of 2 rounds black, 2 round background colour.

K 8 rounds

Next round: (K5, inc); repeat to end of round. (28sts)

Knit 8 rounds

Next round: (K6, inc); repeat to end of round. (32sts)

Knit 8 rounds

Next round: (K7, inc); repeat to end of round. (36sts)

Knit 8 rounds

Next round: (K8, inc); repeat to end of round. (40sts)

Knit 8 rounds

Next round: (K9, inc); repeat to end of round. (44sts)

Keep knitting in stripes without shaping until you have a total of 13 black stripes.

Work 1 round background colour.

Continue knitting without shaping, following the fairisle chart below until your scarf measures 125cm from the cast on edge, ending with row 5 of the chart..

Stranded knitting chart

Cut black yarn and darn in all loose ends.

Shape Head

1st round: (K1, m1, k21, m1) twice

2nd round: Knit

3rd round; (k1, m1, k23, m1) twice

Knit without shaping for a further 9cm

Decrease for mouth as follows:

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k21, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k19, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k17, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k15, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k13, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k11, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k9, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k7, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k5, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k3, ssk) twice

Next round: (K1, k2tog, k1, ssk) twice

Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and fasten off.

Tongue

Knitted snake head

Using red wool and 4mm needles cast on 15sts.

Next row: Cast off 5 sts, knit to end, turn

K10, cast on 5, turn

Cast off.

Finishing

Stitch tongue to snake at the front of the head. Fasten off any threads by darning in place, then threading the ends to the inside of the scarf.

Wash and block.

To find out more about her range of yarns, and where to buy them, visit Jo Sharp's website at http://www.josharp.com.au


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