Spring Runoff Scarf
With warm spring breezes melting the remaining ice and snow, water begins to flow at gravity’s insistence, from the hills and outcroppings to the streams below.
Inspired by such imagery, the garter stitch, reversible Spring Runoff Scarf offers lacy, little “tributaries” on either side which feed into a winding, short row, garter stitch “stream” at its center. All at once quirky and whimsical, but truly inspired by nature.
This is a scarf that you can wear LOTS of different ways. Have fun with it!
This pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the potential for error.
Pattern is written for two lengths, but is easily customized for other lengths as well. Finished, blocked scarves measure approx 66” (167.6 cm) long / 80” (203.2 cm) long respectively and 10” (25.4 cm) wide including edging which accounts for approx 5” (12.7 cm) of width.
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch, blocked.
Gauge is not critical, but keep in mind that a different gauge will result in different finished dimensions as well as changing your yarn requirements. Please make sure you have enough yarn!
US 5 (3.75 mm) 10" (25 cm) straight
Or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Allow approx 461 - 609 yards (422 - 557 m) of sport weight yarn.
Samples knit using (2) 3.5 oz/100 gr (335 yds/306 m) skeins per scarf of Malabrigo Arroyo (100% superwash merino wool) in Borrajas (purple) and Reflecting Pool (blue).
Scarf is made by using short rows to create wedges, which in turn create arcs. The right side of the work alternates as each arc is worked in the opposite direction. Lace edging is worked simultaneously. The pictured, purple scarf sample is 11 arcs long while the teal scarf is 13 arcs long.
- Cable cast-on
- Knit and purl stitches
- Increase and decrease stitches - YO, K2TOG
- Short rows
- Slipped stitches
- Russian bind off (instructions included)
The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern. Includes complete row by row stitch counts.
Blocking is especially essential for a successful finished project with this pattern.
A sport weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Slight tonals work well, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the lace pattern.
- Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
- (2) Stitch markers
- Small stitch holder
This original design pattern is the copyrighted property of Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits. Please do not reproduce this pattern (in whole or in part) without express written permission from Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits.