Another benefit to this type of pattern is that you can use however much yarn you want or have available. Weigh your yarn before starting on a small kitchen scale. Then weigh the remaining yarn periodically while you work the increase section and when half the yarn is left, begin decreasing. This is the perfect way to use up some stash yarn! Plus, it’s a great pattern for one skein of yarn.
The Truly Triangular Scarf is a simple garter stitch sideways triangular scarf. The increase stitch used is kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch) which is a great choice for garter stitch as it is nearly invisible. The decrease stitch used is the k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), also nearly invisible in garter stitch. The increase and then decrease stitches are worked on every right side row, causing the scarf to increase and then decrease quite sharply, creating a true triangle shape.
This pattern has a slipped stitch edge on every side of the triangle. I love using this edge stitch, especially on a garter stitch shawl or scarf. It makes a lovely neat and clean edge. To make this edge, the first stitch of every row is slipped knitwise (as if to knit) while holding the yarn at the back of the work (wyib). The last stitch of every row is purled. It helps to work these first and last stitches tightly to maintain a smooth edge.
When a pattern lacks embellishment or complexity, the yarn is what can make it truly beautiful. The yarn used here is Malabrigo Rastita. It is a slightly felted merino wool. It is a DK weight yarn. Any sport to worsted weight yarn could work well with this pattern. Gauge isn’t too important.
Truly Triangular Scarf Instructions
- 1 skein of Malabrigo Rastita (100% merino wool; 310 yd [283 m]/3.53 oz [100 g]). Shown here in Cereza.
- US size 8 [5.0 mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- 1 stitch marker.
- Blocking materials.
- 17 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in garter stitch, after blocking.
- k – knit
- p – purl
- sl – slip the stitch from left to right needle as if to knit, with yarn in back
- kfb – knit into the front and then the back of the stitch (increase)
- k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
Weigh yarn. Half of the yarn will be used for the increase section and the remaining half for the decrease section. Weigh yarn periodically as you work to see how much is left. All slipped sts are slipped knitwise (kwise) with yarn in back (wyib).
Cast on 3 sts.
Setup Row 1 (WS): Sl1, kfb, p1.
Setup Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k1, place marker, kfb, p1.
Row 3 (WS): Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 4 (RS): Sl1, k1, slip marker, kfb, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until half of yarn has been used. Weigh yarn periodically to check.
Row 5 (WS): Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 6 (RS): Sl1, k1, slip marker, k2tog, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 5 and 6 until 4 sts remain.
Next Row (WS): Sl1, k1, remove marker, k1, p1.
Next Row (RS): Sl1, k2tog, p1.
Bind off the remaining 3 sts. Weave in all ends. Wash and block to desired measurements.
The Truly Triangular Scarf increases and then decreases sharply, creating a true triangle shape. What happens when the increasing and decreasing happen more gradually? Try the Totally Triangular Scarf!
Pattern by Michelle Krause.
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