Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Totem Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern!

©2014 Kris Basta

I love this totem stitch and I wanted to see if I could use it in a scarf with my favorite shaping - worked from the bottom up and casting on stitches as you go to extend the width of the scarf.  I LOVE it!  I especially love the way this yarn worked up ("Polo" by Zitron - 60% cotton/40% Acrylic), it is nice and soft and drapey.  I highly recommend a cotton blend for this pattern.  Yarn is labeled as worsted weight but I would call it light worsted.
To download the pattern to your computer, scroll past the photos at the bottom and you will see the link that you can click on to download.  Happy knitting!

Tools & Materials:

1 circular needle, U.S. size 10  (circular is used to accommodate the large number of stitches that you will work with).
320 yds of worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 4 sts = 1" in stockinette



References:

1. Cast on at beginning of the row, otherwise known as knitted cast-on.  Tutorial video here:
  
2. ssk (slip, slip, knit), here is a tutorial showing how to do this:

Abbreviations:
K = knit                                              yo = yarn over                     
P = purl                                              st = stitch K2tog = knit 2 tog
CO = cast on                                     Rep = repeat
ssk = slip, slip, knit  (*slips are made knitwise)

DIRECTIONS:  CO 18 sts.

Set up rows:
1.  Knit

2.  (Wrong Side): K2, p14, k2.

3.  K1, p1, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k3, p1, k1.

4.  K2, p14, k2.

5.  k1, p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k2, p1, k1.

6.  CO16 sts (*make sure you use the type of cast on at beg of row as referenced above.  Use this type of cast on throughout the pattern), k1, p6, k4, p5, k1, *K1, p14, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.

7.  CO16 sts, k6, p4, k6, p1, *P1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k2, yo, ssk, k1, p1, rep from * to      last st, k1.

8.  K1, *k1, p5, k4, p5, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.

9.  K1, *p1, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, k3, yo, ssk, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
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Now begin pattern rows:
1. (Wrong Side): K1, *k1 p14, k1.  Rep from *  to last st, k1.

2.  K1, *p1, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k3, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

3.  K1, *k1, p14, k1.  Rep from *  to last st, k1.

4.  K1, *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k2, p1.  Rep from * across to last st, k1.

5.  CO16 sts, k1, p6, k4, p5, k1, *K1, p14, k1, rep from * across to last st, k1.

6.  CO16 sts, k6, p4, k6, p1, *p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k2, yo, ssk, k1, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

7.  K1, *k1, p5, k4, p5, k1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

8.  K1, *p1, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, k3, yo, ssk, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

Work these 8 pattern rows until you have 240 sts total and have worked through row 8.

Work rows 1-4 of pattern rows

Knit 2 rows.
Bind off.








To Download, view or print this pattern click on this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_oZ8-XeMq3pelgzWEhxV0NXVHc/edit?usp=sharing

7 comments:

June Moore said...

Thank you, Kris! I think I will try linen yarn which blocks very soft and drapery after a wash. Will experiment with a size 8 needle.

June Moore said...

Thank you! I think I will try it with linen and a size 7 or8.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely. Thank you!

Silvia said...

Another lovely pattern , thank you. I love the yarn colour beautiful !

Linda said...

Thank you so much for this pattern Kris! I love it... I just finished your Wiggle Scarf! Still need to block it. And I'm going to start on the Galatin (sp?) one as soon as I can get the yarn that suits me!

Linda in VA

terry diemert said...

I love the look of this shawl and the color is beautiful, can't wait to try it. Thank you for such a beautiful pattern.

TerryLee

The Wondering One said...

I love your blog! The casting on to increase method is also my favourite scarf construction. You usually work with worsted yarn and size 10 needles, which are my favourite weight and needle size. Just made your definitely diagonal scarf, I love it. Maybe I'll make this one for my mom.