The Totally Triangular Scarf is also a garter stitch scarf and it uses the same increase and decrease stitches – kfb (knit into the front and then the back of the stitch) and k2tog (knit 2 stitches together). The difference is that the increase and then decrease stitches are worked on every second right side row, causing the scarf to increase and then decrease more gradually, creating a longer, leaner triangle. If you like a scarf with long ends to wrap around your shoulders, this is the pattern for you.
I have used the same slipped stitch edge on this scarf. 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. I have used Malabrigo Rastita here again. 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.
Totally Triangular Scarf Instructions
- 1 skein of Malabrigo Rastita (100% merino wool; 310 yd [283 m]/3.53 oz [100 g]). Shown here in Sabiduria.
- 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, knit to last st, p1.
Row 5: Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 6: Sl1, k1, slip marker, kfb, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 3 – 6 until half of yarn has been used. Weigh yarn periodically to check.
Row 7 (WS): Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 8 (RS): Sl1, k1, slip marker, knit to last st, p1.
Row 9: Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 10: Sl1, k1, slip marker, k2tog, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 7 – 10 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.
This photo shows how the Truly Triangular Scarf (the red scarf) and the Totally Triangular Scarf (purple scarf) compare. One increases and decreases quickly and the other more gradually. Which shape do you prefer?
The Truly Triangular Scarf pattern can be found here: Free Pattern: Truly Triangular Scarf.
A helpful tutorial that shows how to spot the kfb stitch in your knitting can be found here: Spotting the kfb Stitch 101.
Pattern by Michelle Krause.
Copyright 2014 by Leah Michelle Designs. Pattern and photos may not be sold for profit or distributed or reproduced without permission.