Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rainbow Road

(If you want to skip my inane babbling, feel free to scroll to the pattern at the end!)

I’m terribly excited (and nervous) to be posting my first pattern online. It’s such an easy, intuitive pattern that I’m really hesitant to even label it as “mine”—but for the sake of brevity, I won’t post my full inner monologue concerning the subject. Just know that if, after viewing said pattern, you should feel that I’m utterly ridiculous for even committing it to the page…well…I can understand. That said, I ultimately decided to share the pattern because I had a blast making it.

It all started with two skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino in Arco Iris that I bought on a whim. I needed the perfect pattern for them—something that would show of their beautiful variegation while also allowing me to keep the snuggly yarn as close to my skin as possible. Though letting them remain on my desk as mascots/pets/the most deliciously soft, yet ineffective paper weights you could imagine was tempting, I finally decided that the yarn was meant to be a scarf. However, I couldn’t find anyone pattern that suited my needs, so I decided to make my own. (I highly recommend checking out some of the patterns that helped inspire me, though—they are gorgeous. I originally looked for chevron patterns, but wavy turns up some fantastic options, too!)

I wanted a long scarf that wasn’t too wide, with gently textured waves that would play up the beautiful colors in the yarn. I used needles a few sizes above the recommended gauge to produce a fabric with extra drape. (I used size 10 needles; however, because this is a scarf, go with whatever gauge makes you happy!)

This is a fantastic project for someone who wants to practice increases and decreases.

Rainbow Road Scarf

There may or may not be a lot of Mario Kart played in this house.

Cast on 36

Knit first 4 rows

Begin pattern:

Row 1: (k2tog) 3 times, (kf+b) 6 times, (k2tog) 6 times, (kf+b) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times.

Row 2: knit

Row 3: knit

Row 4: knit

Repeat these four rows until scarf is desired length, bind off loosely.

Just in case you don’t already know:

K2tog: refers to a decrease in which you knit two stitches together

Kf+b: refers to an increase in which you knit into the front and back of a single stitch

You can substitute alternate increases to produce different effects—for example, working a yarn over instead of the kf+b will create holes within the fabric, giving it a lacy effect.

You can purchase Malabrigo Silky Merino from a variety of stores--but I recommend using Eat.Sleep.Knit. (Follow the link on the top of my sidebar for a paradise of yarny goodness.)


  1. I am going to start this today. It looks fantastic. Nothing is working for my yarn. I have two skeins of Misti Alpaca Handpaint Baby Suri Silk that I spent entirely too much money on and I really think this pattern will do the yarn justice.

  2. Hi Is this still available i cant seem to see the link to the pattern