Fallen Out of Love Scarf

It has happened to the best of us. You go into a LYS or are surfing on Etsy and you find a skein of wild and crazy hand-painted sock yarn. It isn’t what you would normally get, but something about it calls to you. And you justify to yourself, look at the yardage, I could make a pair of socks. Or a small lace shawl. Or a scarf. I will totally find a great way to  use this. I love this, it must be mine.

And it comes home with you, and it joins your stash.  Or it shows up in the mailbox and you realize that the yarn artist must have their computer screen on drastically different settings than yours, and it joins your stash.

And it marinates.

And then you pull it out and try to remember what the heck you were smoking when you made that particular purchase. You have fallen out of love.

This is a pattern for that yarn. You spent money on it and there is a part of you that still cares for it’s fluffy little butt. But at no point has your skin tone shifted from a shade somewhere between Zombie and Vampire to a dusky hue that will go well with that particular shade of orange. It needs to be softened, ameliorated, toned down. So lets go with a complete opposite. Bust out that intensely boring bulky wool that you bought to … why in the world did you ever buy something that boring?

These yarns, alone they do not demonstrate that you have the best judgment when purchasing yarn. But together! Together they can be magic.

Two so-so yarns can make a great scarf!

Dramatic no?

Well, maybe not magic – but a pretty nice scarf that you aren’t totally embarrassed to wear or gift to someone. Added bonus, a super simple pattern that makes the rows chug along with a fair amount of speed.

Fallen Out of Love Scarf

Yarn needed: 1 skein Cascade Yarns Eco-Wool Bulky or equivalent in a neutral color. 1 skein variegated sock type yarn – fingering up to sock weight, same approximate yardage as the Bulky. However much yarn you have determines the length of the scarf.

Size 11 needles, or size needed for a loose knit. Gauge isn’t really that important, you just don’t want it to stiff enough to stand up by itself.

k = knit, p = purl, s = slip purlwise, wyif = with yarn in front, psso = pass slipped stitch over

Holding both yarns together now and throughout, cast on 20 stitches

Set-up (garter)
rows 1 – 4: k19, s1-wyif

Main blocks (10 rows of stockinette)
row 5, 7, 9, 11, 13: k19, s1-wyif
row 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: k3, p14, k2, s1-wyif

Separating bands (4 rows of moire stitch)
row 15, 17: k3, (s1, k1, yo, psso both k & yo) x7, k2, s1-wyif
row 16, 18: k3, p14, k2, s1-wyif

Repeat until you almost run out of yarn or get really bored.

Finish with one repeat of Main Block (10 rows stockinette) and then 4 rows of garter.
Bind off, block and then weave in ends.

edited to add: a fancy pants PDF for you to download should you wish FallenOutOfLoveScarf


This really simple pattern can be customized to the hilt. Instead of the 3 stitch garter edging you could do any knit/purl combo that strikes your fancy. For the separating bands you can use any basic pattern that helps the entire thing lay flat. This particular stitch is a 2 stitch pattern, so replacing it with the same would be easiest. If you want to keep the same cast on then you will need to keep the stitch pattern something that goes evenly into 14. Of course, if you are in love with a different pattern, you can always modify the number of stitches cast on to be appropriately divisible.

A rolled up scarf

Nice and squishy!

But think hard, you see what we have learned about love.

7 thoughts on “Fallen Out of Love Scarf

  1. Pingback: Free Pattern – Fallen Out Of Love Scarf · Knitting | CraftGossip.com
  2. I have yarn like that. You just can’t help yourself. Right now I am working on a scarf/hat with yarn that is bright pink – I saw it, I had to have it. I bought a bright green skein too. I couldn’t wait to start working with it. It’s very “bright”, like a piece of bubblegum. I must have missed my medication that day.

  3. Just a little advice: To get the 7 of those… tourniquet thingies (that’s what they remind me of!) correct, you need to do:

    k3, (s1, yo, psso yo) x7, k2, s1-wyif.

    I tried your way, but it didn’t work – ended up with 5 bands not 7. Just wanted to share that with you!

    • Hmm, I am uncertain how what you have written is going to give the same effect as the pattern as written: k3, (s1, k1, yo, psso both k & yo) x7, k2, s1-wyif

      Why did you drop the k1 that proceeds the YO? Is it possible that there is some miscommunication in how the stitch works?

      The way it is written is that you slip a stitch, knit a stitch, make a yarn over and then pass the slipped stitch over *both* the k1 and the YO. One has added a single stitch with the YO and removed a stitch by slipping a stitch from the previous row over the k1 & the YO, which cancels itself out leaving the knitter with 2 stitches.

      The math works out as 20 stitches minus the 6 edge stitches = 14. Then you have a 2 stitch pattern that repeats 7 times yielding 14 stitches.

      But I bet what you did came out looking cool too. I think this might be how new stitches get invented!😉

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