Color Flux Scarf
Non-metaphorically speaking, gray days are ahead. An absence of color is the mood and beauty of winter, and so when a bright pink or a tomato red pokes its head out of the grayness, it sings an especially boisterous song. And we’d say our Color Flux Scarf is really belting it out!
In a medley taken from the pink-red-purple corner of the color wheel, our Color Flux Scarf says no to gray (metaphorically and non-metaphorically speaking). You’ll need just five skeins of our incredibly soft Gentle Giant. And if loud singing isn’t your thing, the a say-yes-to-gray palette is just as lovely!
For this super quick knit, you cast on the long way and work only a couple of seed-stitch rows of each color, with four rows in between of “flux” where you transition from the old color to the new one… Fun!
Designed for Purl Soho by Joelle Hoverson.
To knit your own Color Flux Scarf, you will need…
- 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool
We’ve chosen two palettes for inspiration…
GLADIOLA, shown above left
Color A: Heirloom White
Color B: Super Pink
Color C: Rose Violet
Color D: Sugar Maple
Color E: Orange Koi
BRANCH, shown above right
Color A: Heirloom White
Color B: White Peppercorn
Color C: Winter Bark
Color D: Wolf Brown
Color E: Graphite Gray
You’ll also need…
- US 19, 47-inch circular needles
5 3/8 stitches = 4 inches in seed stitch
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 10 1/2 inches wide x 71 inches long
(These are notes about the pattern, and the pattern itself starts below!)
Row 1 (right side): K1, *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), *p1, k1, repeat from * to to last 2 stitches, p1, slip 1 purlwise wyif.
Color Change Rows
The Color Change Rows transition from the Original Color to the New Color over the course of 4 rows, working 2 right-side rows, followed by 2 wrong-side rows. Here’s how to do it…
Row 1 (right side): Attaching New Color, k1, *p1, k1 repeat from * to end of row. Slide work (see below).
Row 2 (right side): Picking up Original Color, k2, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2. Turn work (see below).
Row 3: (wrong side): Picking up Original Color from underneath New Color (to carry New Color up side of knitting), slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), *k1, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif. Slide work.
Row 4: (wrong side): Picking up New Color, slip 1 purlwise wyif, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, slip 1 purlwise wyif. Turn work and cut Original Color.
Slide + Turn
When you work the Color Change Rows, you either “slide” or “turn” the work at the end of each row.
“Slide work” means to keep the same side of the work facing you and to push all the stitches to the right end of the circular needles. Without turning the work, start the new row as you normally would.
“Turn work” means to do what you would normally do when knitting rows with circular needles: Transfer the needle from your left hand into your right hand and the needle from your right hand into your left, flipping the work around so the opposite side is facing you.
You will know that you’re doing this right if the yarn you need to complete the next row is right there waiting for you!
With Color A (see Materials), cast on 95 stitches.
Work Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color B.
With Color B, work Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color C.
With Color C, work Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color D.
With Color D, work Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color E.
With Color E, work Rows 1 and 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Bind off loosely in stitch pattern with Color E.
Weave in ends.