The Braid Stitch adds texture to a knitted scarf

Thanks for spending this week trying out Kingston Tweed yarn by Fibra Natura. It’s soft and warm, comes in 15 lovely colors, and knits up at a variety of gauges. It also holds a blocking well and has an amazing drape. For this last reason, I thought I had to make myself a scarf to match my fingerless mitts. I shared the pattern for the mitts yesterday using the Braid Stitch I taught you earlier this week. The pattern for this scarf is ideal for advanced beginners and intermediate knitters.

This scarf and mitts set uses only 2 hanks of each color of Kingston Tweed by Fibra Natura.

To knit this scarf, you need to know the Braid Stitch, Garter Stitch and Stockinette Stitch. You’ll want to use size US7 [4.5mm] needles. I actually used a circular needle so that I could use the cable as a stitch holder when I set the scarf down.

The correct gauge for this scarf is 17 sts and 24 rows per 4” across Stockinette Stitch after blocking. It was about 18 sts per 4” before the blocking.

Although a DK weight yarn, it works lovely at a gauge usually reserved for Aran weight yarn.

The row gauge is easy to count with the stripes.

With Old Norwegian cast on, alternating colors, cast on 236 sts. You can watch a video about this cast on technique from a previous KNITmuch blog post.

Carry unused color of yarn up the side, on the WS row, twisting yarns to catch every four rows.

Row 1 (RS): With light yarn, and with yarn in back, sl 2 sts, knit to last st, p1.

Row 2: With yarn in front, sl 2 sts, knit to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Rows 3 & 4: Rep Rows 1 & 2, changing to dark yarn in last 2 sts of Row 4.

Rows 5 – 8: With dark yarn, rep Rows 1 & 2, changing to light yarn in last 2 sts of Row 8.

Row 9: With light yarn, and with yarn in back, sl 2 sts, 24 Braid sts (worked across 48 sts), pm, k34, pm, k68, pm, k34, pm, 24 Braid sts, k1 p1.

Row 10: With yarn in front, sl 2 sts, [p1, k2tog-tbl] across to marker, p34, k68, p34, [p1, k2tog-tbl] across to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Row 11: With yarn in back, sl 2 sts, 24 Braid sts, k to last marker, 24 Braid sts, k1, p1.

Row 12: With yarn in front, sl 2 sts, [p1, k2tog-tbl] across to marker, p34, k68, p34, [p1, k2tog-tbl] across to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Rows 13 & 14: Rep Rows 11 & 12, changing to dark yarn in last 2 sts of Row 12.

On a cold, windy day, just after the morning frost, this scarf and mitten ensemble kept me warm while I watched the rowers train for next year’s regatta.

Continue changing colors in last 2 stitches at the stripe change.

Rows 15-20: With dark yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 21-28: With light yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 29-36: With dark yarn, rep Rows 11 &12.

Rows 37-46: With light yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 47-56: With dark yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 57-60: With light yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 61-64: With dark yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rows 65-70: With light yarn, rep Rows 11 & 12.

Rep Rows 15-70 until scarf measures 8” wide.

Continuing stripe sequence work 4 rows garter stitch in one color and 4 rows in other color.

Bind off loosely.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning the Braid Stitch and trying this scarf in the very soft and drapey Kingston Tweed yarn by Fibra Natura. I wish you an especially safe and yarny holiday season!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Knitting Fingerless Mitts with the Braid Stitch

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