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Knit an easy lace mega-scarf with gradient and glittery yarn

by Charles Voth

Some of the mega-scarfs that I’ve seen posted all over online are quite bulky and while beautiful, they add maybe more volume around the neck than some women may want. To address this, I thought I would design a lighter-weight scarf using Classic Shades Sequins Lite, which offers not only bright gradient colorways but also an element of bling from its sequins. Yesterday I was Knitting with Classic Shades Sequins Lite  and reviewed the yarn in much more detail. Today, I want to show the stitch pattern from a lot of different angles. This mustard yellow coat of my wife’s was my inspiration for the design, and well, the yarn itself.

Close up of mustard yellow double-breasted pea coat with scarf of clarets, reds, plum and oranges tucked under the collar.

The Volcano colorway of Classic Shades Sequins Lite is a perfect match for this dijon yellow pea-coat.

Okay…so it doesn’t look like a mega-scarf. Well, that’s because I didn’t have enough time to knit this before I wanted to post about it. The finished dimensions of the scarf will be 60″ x 18″ [150 x 45cm]. The scarf begins in one corner and is worked on an angle to create the diagonal stripes with the gradient yarn.

A blocked out section of a scarf in a lace pattern showing the colors of browns, greys, red and plum

The colors of the volcano colorway include rich tones of red, plum, grey and brown

Even though this is a DK-weight yarn, I wanted the mega-scarf to stay lofty and have lots of drape, so I’m knitting it with size 10 US [6mm] needles. The lace stitch is very straight forward and other than a little shaping at the edges, you do the same 2 rows over and over.

Close-up of lace fabric in coral pink stripe

This easy lace consists of one kind of double decrease and some well-placed yarn-overs to produce a texture that moves diagonally in different directions.

This scarf starts in one corner. The way I knit it, the beginning corner is a bit lopped off, but in the instructions below, you’ll have a fully developed corner. I love how the different angles give the lace a different appearance. Here are several different pictures.

Close up of ridges that are formed by double decreases in the plum stripe of the yarn

The horizontal (or vertical, depending on the angle) ridges that are formed by the double decreases

A close up the hexagon grid that is formed by the stitches.

The adjacent eyelets form a little hexagon grid with stitches forming lines in 3 directions, giving a lot of depth to this mega-scarf design.

To shape the first end of the scarf, increase by 4 stitches every other row (2 on each end of right-side rows) until you get the width you want (I recommend 18″ [46cm], or 68 stitches), to make a nice triangle. Once the width is established, continue to increase on the left edge, but decrease on the right edge to create the long sides of the mega-scarf. Finally, when the longest side of the scarf (left side) measures 60″ [150cm], start decreasing on both sides until you finish off the opposite far corner.

A bird's eye view of this easy lace that shows off the gradient yarn moving from coral to merlot to plum and back again

Knit this easy lace mega scarf in a gradient and sequined yarn by Universal Yarn: Classic Shades Sequin Lite

Scarf Instructions


K = knit
inc = increase: knit in front and back leg of stitch
yfwd = yarn forward: by bringing yarn forward you create a yarn over when working into next st(s)
k2tog = knit 2 together
ddec = double decrease: slip each of next 2 sts as if to knit, k1, pass both slipped sts over st just knit.
Rep = Repeat

With 10 US [6mm] needles and Classic Shades Sequin Lite (for which you’ll need 2 balls), cast on 4 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2 (RS): Inc, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k1. (8 sts)

Row 3 and all odd rows: Purl.

Row 4: Inc, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ddec, yfwd, k1, yrwd, k1, inc. (12 sts).

Row 6: Inc, yfwd, [k1, yfwd, ddec, yfwd] across to last 3 sts, k1, yfwd, k1, inc. (16 sts).

Rows 8-32: Rep Row 6. (68 sts after Row 32).

Row 34: Ssk, ddec, [yfwd, k1, yfwd, ddec] across to last 3 sts, yfwd, k1, inc. (68 sts).

Row 35: Purl.

Rep Rows 34 and 35 until left edge of scarf is 60″ [150cm] or desired length (being aware that you may have to purchase more yarn to make a longer scarf).

Next even row: Ssk, ddec, [yfwd, k1, yfwd, ddec] across to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog. (64 sts).

Next odd row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows until 12 sts remain.

Next Row: Ssk, ddec, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ddec, k1, k2tog. (8 sts).

Next Row: Purl

Next Row: Ssk, ddec, k1, k2tog. (4 sts).

Bind off purlwise.

TIP At the end of Row 33, weigh the ball of yarn on a kitchen scale. Round down to the nearest ¼ oz [5g].  The difference between the weight of all the yarn and this weight is the amount of yarn you’ll need for the triangle at the top of the scarf. Once you know how much yarn you need for that triangle, as  much yarn as possible can be knit into the length of the scarf.

A close-up of the lace scarf with the sequins glinting in the blurred background of the photo

I just LOVE how you can see the glint of the sequins in the blurred parts of this photo. This scarf will be a great addition to your inventory of gifts and to your own wardrobe.

I truly hope you do try this mega-scarf pattern. Please come back and share your photos and comments and let us know how your version turned out.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Knitting with Classic Shades Sequins Lite



Bev in BC December 24, 2016 - 6:13 pm

This is an interesting pattern. Trying it with Prism.
Row 34, missing an instruction after “across to last 3 sts” ? We have yfwd, k1, inc. Needs another yfwd, k1?

Charles Voth December 24, 2016 - 7:47 pm

Yes it does. one more yfwd, k1! Thanks.


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