Snowflake Muffler Using Brooklyn Tweed Arbor
The snowflake motif sprinkled at each end of this scarf has a traditional Nordic look that transports us to snowy fields and alpine vistas. It’s worked in the round from both ends, then grafted in the center so that the wee v’s of lice stitch face the right direction on both sides! This scarf has double the thickness, double the warmth, and easily hides the strands from your colorwork. Plus, the drifting flakes and flurries are handsome for both him and her!
We chose two colors from the sweeping color palette of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. Firmly spun at a DK-weight, Arbor is a classic workhorse of a yarn that is entirely produced in the United States. The round, 3-ply composition creates firm fabric with great stitch definition and light, woolly softness—and it makes a soft, bouncy scarf perfect for a day filled with flurries!
Approx. 9"/23cm across (half the circumference) x 52"/132cm long, after blocking.
Note: Scarf is knitted in the round as a tube, making it easy to knit and double warm to wear.
6 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (145 yds/132m each): 5 in Main Color (MC), 1 in Contrast Color (CC). Shown in MC Kettle and CC Hammock.
Or, approx. 835 yds/663m total of an equivalent DK-weight yarn: 725 yds/663m in MC and 110 yds/100m in CC.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) 16"/40cm circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Note: If you find your gauge is different on the solid color section, you may change needle size so it more closely matches the stranded two-color section.
Spare needle in gauge size or smaller, for grafting.
6 stitch markers, including 1 in a contrast color to designate beginning of round.
Darning needle to finish.
Approx. 21 sts/28 rows = 4", in stockinette stitch in the round.
The Free Pattern
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GLOSSARY: K = knit; M1 = make one (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); P = purl; St(s) = stitch(es).
Scarf is knitted in the round in two halves each starting with the ribbing, then grafted together.
Ribbed border: With MC, using cable cast-on method, cast on 88 sts.
Row 1: *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end of row.
Place a marker to designate beginning of round. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 five more times.
Next round:*K11, M1*; repeat between * * around. [96 sts]
Place five more markers 16 sts apart.
Stranded pattern: With MC and CC, work Chart Rounds 1–48 once (see below), always reading chart from right to left.
Notes: Take care to strand floats evenly across back of work. To keep floats loose, stretch out sts of your last color on right needle before you bring your new color across the back. If you are working with one color in each hand, hold CC (motif color)in left hand.
Break CC. Continue in stockinette stitch (knit every round) with MC until piece measures 28"/71cm from cast-on, or to half your desired length, or you have used up half of your MC yarn, ending at round marker. Cut yarn and place sts on spare needle.
Repeat for second piece until piece measures 28"/71cm, or half desired length. Cut yarn leaving 3 yds/m tail for grafting.
Set up to graft: Bring both halves together, aligning round markers (beginning of round), wrong sides together. Hold two needles parallel in left hand (needle from last round worked and spare needle in first piece worked). Thread grafting tail onto darning needle.
Grafting: Set-up steps: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to purl, leave st on needle and pull yarn through. Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to knit, leave st on needle and pull yarn through, leaving obvious slack. Note: It is very important that grafted sts are easy to identify so that when you go back to adjust tension later, you don’t pull on the wrong row.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to knit, and lift st off needle (do not pull yarn through st yet).
Step 2: Insert darning needle into next st on front needle as if to purl, but leave st on needle; pull yarn all the way through but don’t pull up tightly.
Step 3: Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to purl, and lift st off needle (do not pull yarn through st yet).
Step 4: Insert darning needle into next st on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Repeat these four steps, stopping every 10 sts or so to adjust tension of grafted sts as follows: Working from right to left, use tip of darning needle to pull excess yarn out of grafted sts until their tension matches that of knitted sts, moving excess yarn to left. Continue grafting, adjusting periodically, until all sts have been lifted off needles (ending with Steps 1 then 3).
Finishing: Weave in all ends on wrong side of piece. Wet block as follows: Soak in tepid water for 20 minutes with a little no-rinse wool soap. Lift, carefully supported, and gently squeeze out water. Place in lingerie bag or zippered pillow case and run through spin-only cycle in machine, or roll in a dry bath towel and squeeze to remove more moisture. Lay flat, aligning each side fold with a vertical line of sts; pin corners if desired. Allow to dry completely.
COLOR: Hammock. Bright ivory.
COLOR: Thaw. Palest silvery grey.
COLOR: Heron. A cool medium grey.
COLOR: Kettle. Pure black.
COLOR: Fleet. Dark navy blue.
COLOR: Alizarin. Cheery warm red.
COLOR: Wreath. Evergreen.
COLOR: Rainier. Dusty turquoise.
Free digital Snowflake Muffler: Arbor version pattern. (Download)