My leftover Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage inspired me to create a pattern especially to use it up. I hope you like it! My friend Julia came up with the name for me, thanks so much! I was feeling a bit stuck and she suggested the name as the colour reminded her of a beautiful blue day after the rain.
The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but in reality it could be knit up in any weight, and the DK yarn that is common here in New Zealand would be fine in this. I used 4.5mm needles, but DK weight on 4mm would work up fine.
You can use the pattern as below or it will be available as a PDF download on Ravelry too – I’m just uploading the pattern now.
After the Rain Scarf by Sheryl Greenfield
Materials: 100g Worsted Weight yarn or DK weight yarn
Sample is knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, colourway Baltic.
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in reverse stocking stitch
Length: approximately 37 inches or 95cm.
Ssk: slip two stitches onto right needle then knit them together by inserting left needle through both stitches at once
K2tog: knit into two stitches at once
Sl1: slip one stitch onto the right needle without knitting it
Psso: pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch on the needle, decreases the number of stitches on the needle.
Inc4: into the next stitch knit, then purl, then knit, then purl, and then finally knit the stitch – so the one stitch is now five stitches
M1: Knit into the back of the bar between the current stitch and the stitch on the needle
Cast on 35 stitches and knit three rows even.
Row 4 and 6 (RS): (p2, k1, p2) repeat to end
Row 5 and 7(WS): (k2, p1, k2)
Row 8: (p2, k1, p2, m1) p2, k1, p2 (41 stitches)
Row 9: (k2, p1) k2
Row 10: (p2, k1) p2
Row 11: as for Row 9
Row 12: (p2, k1, p2, inc4) p2, k1, p2 (65 stitches)
Row 13, 15 and 17: (K2, p1, k2, p5) k2, p1, k2
Row 14 and 16: (p2, k1, p2, k5) p2, k1, p2
Row 18: (p2, k1, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog) p2, k1, p2 (53 stitches)
Row 19: (k2, p1, k2, p3) k2, p1, k2
Row 20: (p2, k1, p2, sl1, k2tog, psso) p2, k1, p2
Row 21: k2, p1 (k5, p1) k2 (41 stitches)
Row 22: p2, k1 (p5, k1) p2
Repeat rows 21 and 22 until approximately 2/3 of your yarn is used up or the scarf is 2/3 of the desired length.
Cast on for second end and knit as to row 22.
Repeat rows 21 and 22 until second end is 6 inches long. You can make this section longer for a longer scarf.
Then work across 19 stitches in pattern, p2tog
Turn and work back across these 20 stitches in pattern. Repeat until this section is 3 inches long.
Cut yarn and work remaining 20 stitches in pattern, repeating until this section matches the other side. Then, working a wrong side row, knit in pattern across these 20 stitches. Cast on 1 stitch and work across the other 20 stitches. Work three more rows or until your yarn is nearly run out or scarf reaches desired length.
Using both sets of live stitches, graft the two halves of your scarf together. It is easiest to do this on the reverse of the scarf where most of the stitches are knit stitches. Make sure to graft the purl stitches in reverse to preserve the pattern on the front of the scarf.
Wet block by washing and pinning out in shape to dry.