Value Study Scarf
Our Value Study Scarf is like a record of the ways sunlight and breeze skim the landscape, gentle shifts across a meadow or the sea, a beach or the desert.
The effect is created every 14 inches when the un-dyed shades of Sweetgrass move from light to dark against a single-color backdrop of Linen Quill. The two yarns alternate in simple one-row stripes: Sweetgrass’s tidy spin of organic cotton and superfine alpaca meets the windswept, bright beauty of Linen Quill.
All in garter stitch, each row of alternating color interlocks with the one above and below it, creating a fabric that almost looks more woven than knit.
To get started on yours, choose your favorite Linen Quill color, like this pretty Eggshell Blue, and add one skein each of our five Sweetgrass colors. Whatever the color, dive in, gaze across, and admire this lovely scarf’s understated manner of persuasion… A real natural!
Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.
To knit your own Value Study Scarf, you will need…
- Yarn A: 1 (2) skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards; approximately 439 (643) total yards required. We used Eggshell Blue, top left corner above.
- Yarns B-F: 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Sweetgrass, 65% organic cotton and 35% superfine alpaca. Each skein is 437 yards; approximately 102 (146) total yards required of each color.
- Yarn B: 1 skein of Heirloom White
- Yarn C: 1 skein of Pale Sesame
- Yarn D: 1 skein of Buckwheat Beige
- Yarn E: 1 skein of Rye Flour
- Yarn F: 1 skein of Walnut Shell
You will also need…
- US 4, 20- or 24-inch circular needles
NOTE: Although you’ll knit this scarf flat, you’ll need to be able to knit stitches from both ends of the needles, which is why circular needles are required.
We’ve assembled five other inspiring palettes for you to consider! Each version uses the same five Sweetgrass colors listed above, plus the following Linen Quill color…
- Top Row, left (shown above): Linen Quill in Eggshell Blue
- Top Row, right: Linen Quill in Crocus Bud
- Middle Row, left: Linen Quill in Peony Pink
- Middle Row, right: Linen Quill in Peachy Pink
- Bottom Row, left: Linen Quill in Fresh Pickle
- Bottom Row, right: Linen Quill in Kettle Black
24 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
Finished Dimensions: 9 (15) inches wide x 70 inches long
Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.
Turn + Slide
When you work the Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern, you either “slide” or “turn” the work at the end of each row.
“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.
“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.
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!
Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern
Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 with Yarn A and B in front; with Yarn A, knit to last stitch, slip 1 with yarn in front. Slide Work (see Turn + Slide, above).
Row 2 (wrong side): With Yarn B, purl to end of row. Turn work (see above).
Row 3 (right side): Slip 1 with Yarn A and B in back; with Yarn A, purl to last stitch, slip 1 with yarn in back. Slide work.
Row 4 (right side): With Yarn B, knit to end of row. Turn work.
NOTE: When working Rows 1 and 3, Yarn A wraps around the selvage edge.
With Yarn B, cast on 54 (90) stitches.
Join Yarn A and with Yarns A and B, repeat Rows 1-4 of Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern (see Notes) until piece measures 14 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.
Cut Yarn B.
Join Yarn C and with Yarns A and C, repeat Rows 1-4 of Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern for 14 inches, ending with Row 4.
Cut Yarn C.
Join Yarn D and with Yarns A and D, repeat Rows 1-4 of Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern for 14 inches, ending with Row 4.
Cut Yarn D.
Join Yarn E and with Yarns A and E, repeat Rows 1-4 of Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern for 14 inches, ending with Row 4.
Cut Yarn E.
Join Yarn F and with Yarns A and F, repeat Rows 1-4 of Two-Color Garter Stitch Pattern for 14 inches, ending with Row 4.
Cut Yarn A.
With Yarn F and right side facing you, loosely bind off knitwise.
Weave in ends and block as desired.