Boy, sending mail to Belgium takes a while! I’m so thrilled to finally be posting this pattern. I had to wait for it to arrive in my friend’s mailbox before I could publish it. Enjoy!
Last summer an old friend of mine got married on the Greek island of Paros, which is known for its brilliantly white buildings contrasted against the blue Aegean Sea. I wanted to send her a handmade wedding gift that represented the beautiful location of her wedding. Since I have limited artistic talent (I am not a brilliant illustrator as she is), I decided to knit her an ombre scarf. Ombre might still be considered trendy, but I know I’m a little past the height of ombre hype.
I had a difficult time finding yarn that was the right color, so I settled with a “Frozen”-esque ice blue. Elsa wasn’t whom I had in mind when I made this scarf, but I do love the colors anyway.
I wanted to try an unusual stitch pattern instead of doing my basic ribbing or garter stitch. I don’t have a great attention span for stitch patterns that take 14 rows to complete, so I found a lovely pattern that is repeated every 4 rows. This way I can set it down anytime and be certain where I left off. I went with St. John’s Wort Stitch.
St. John’s wort is a flowering plant that is used medicinally as a sort of cureall. It’s supposedly good for treating anxiety, depression and cuts. I made this scarf so my friend can feel cozy and safe, so it’s fitting it is named for a healing, cheer-you-up herb.
I hope my friend is able to think of this scarf as a warm hug from her past. We haven’t seen each other in more than 10 years, so I wanted her to have a little reminder of home and of her happy day in Santorini.
Fuzzy Ombre Scarflet
1 hank Heritage Cascade Sock Yarn, color 5630 (or any sport weight yarn in ice blue that is more than 200 yards). I’ll call this color B
1 hank Heritage Cascade Sock Yarn, color 5682 (white). I’ll call this color A.
1 skein Dale Påfugl mohair, color 0010 (or 100 yards of any mohair brand in white). I’ll call this color 1.
1 skein Dale Påfugl mohair, color 6815 (blue). I’ll call this color 2.
US 10 needles
CO = Cast on
psso = pass the slipped stitch over the stitches you just worked
yo = yarn over (wrap the yarn around the working needle one time before continuing to next stitch)
You’ll be knitting three strands together at all times during this pattern. Start out with one strand of white mohair and two strands of white sport weight. Hold them all together as though they were one piece of yarn.
10 inches of AA1 (that’s two strands of A and one strand of 1)
11 inches of AB1
12 inches of AB2
13 inches of BB2
CO 34 stitches with AA1
Knit 3 rows in garter stitch.
Row 1: Slip 1, K1, *Slip 1, k2, psso, k3*. Repeat * 3 more times, Slip 1, K2, psso, k5.
Row 2: Slip 1, *P5, yo*. Repeat * 4 more times, p3.
Row 3: Slip 1, k1, *k3, slip 1, k2, psso*. Repeat * 4 more times, k2.
Row 4: Slip 1, p2, *yo, p5*. Repeat * 4 more times, p6.
Repeat rows 1-4 13 more times, until piece measures about 10 inches.
Cut one strand of the sport weight yarn leaving an 8-inch tail.
Bring in one strand of the blue sport weight and continue working rows 1-4 for 11 inches. This is AB1. You’ll be knitting with one strand of white mohair, one strand of white sport weight and one strand of blue sport weight.
Cut the white mohair strand, leaving an 8-inch tail.
Bring in the blue mohair and continue in St. John’s Wort pattern for another 12 inches. This is AB2. You’ll be knitting with one strand of blue mohair, one strand of white sport weight and one strand of blue sport weight.
Cut the white sport weight strand leaving an 8-inch tail.
Bring in the other strand of blue sport weight and continue with pattern for another 13 inches or so. This is BB2. You’ll now be knitting with one strand of blue mohair and two strands of blue sport weight.
Knit 2 rows in garter stitch and cast off.
Weave in all ends. Block the scarf in the best way that you see fit. I lightly wetted the scarf under running water, laid it out on a towel on a carpeted floor and used straight pins to flatten it out. I let it dry over night.
Length of scarf is about 45 inches.
9 thoughts on “Fuzzy Ombre Scarflet — A Free Knitting Pattern”
Very pretty. Interesting stitch pattern – I haven’t seen this one before. I will definitely have to try it!
I really enjoyed working this pattern. I don’t have much experience with stitch patterns so this was a great introduction.
Thanks for your kind comment,
Beautiful pattern Thanks
the fuzzy ombré scarf-let is awesome. I am on row 4 of the pattern. After I do the 4 repeats I am left with only one stitch to purl vs the P6 stated in the pattern. Should row 4 in the pattern end with P1? I do have 34 stitches on my kneedle after completing rows 1-4. Thank you for your help.
I apologize for my delayed reply. I unfortunately don’t have this scarf anymore so it’s difficult for me to confirm for you that row 4 ends with P6 instead of P1. According to the stitch pattern I followed at http://www.knitting-bee.com/knitting-stitch-library/lace-stitches/st-johns-wort-knitting-stitch-pattern, it appears you are correct that row 4 should end in P1. I would give that a try and see if it works for you. If it is indeed supposed to be P1 I would like to know so I can change the error in my pattern.
I appreciate your spotting this irregularity and good luck knitting!
Thank you Natasha for your reply.
I worked rows 1-4 three times to be certain that row 4 does end with p1. ( and not p6). 😀. This has been a fun pattern to knit. Thank you for posting it. Cheryl
Once again I am writing to thank you for yet another lovely pattern. I do have one question though… when the pattern call for SLIP 1 at the beginning of the row(s), would you please clarify whether you mean slip 1 purl wise, or knit wise? Also, should the yarn be held in the front or the back respectively? Perhaps the answer to my questions would be inherent in the design itself, however I am not an experienced enough knitter to know for sure what you mean. I LOVE this pattern, and again, thank you so much for sharing!
I slip the first stitch of every row knit wise with the yarn in back. This is purely cosmetic and does not alter the look of the pattern itself. It creates a more even edge. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.
Thanks for your comments and questions,
Thank you, Natasha. I love the stitch. The scarf looks beautiful and makes your face glow.