Ombré Infinity Scarf Using Isager Alpaca 2
Ombré Infinity Scarf Using Isager Alpaca 2
With ombré shading techniques, you're a knitting artist. The colors mix, meld and unfurl before your eyes. You double strand the yarn, then add a new color at each segment. For the project shown here, we chose three colors of Isager Alpaca 2. See a few favorite combinations from Marianne Isager's rich color palette below, but the possibilities are limitless, so venture, if you like, to the yarn page and mix your own.
You'll need our Bias Before & After Scarf pattern (if you don't already own it, you can order it above). The free adaptation to that pattern shows you how to re-yarn the project and turn the scarf into a nice long loop—an "infinity scarf." It is a compulsively knitable project (someone who shall remain nameless is on her sixth!), and the bias nature of the knitting makes it super easy to wear and style any number of ways. Really, what are you waiting for?
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Churchmouse Classics Bias Before & After Scarf pattern and free ombré adaptation; 3 skeins Isager Alpaca 2 (50% merino lambswool; 50% baby alpaca. 50g, 270 yds/247m) 1 each in three colors: Colors A, B and C.
US 9 (5.5mm) needle, or size to obtain gauge; crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast-on; darning needle to finish.
Approx. 19 sts = 4"/10cm, after blocking.
The Free Adaptation
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Please refer to the original pattern for complete instructions. Only changes are covered in this adaptation.
Provisional cast on: With waste yarn and crochet hook, chain 45.
With two strands of Color A held together and gauge needle, leave a short tail to weave in later, and beginning at the first st chained, knit into the back bumps of your chain 40 times. (40 sts cast on) (See provisional cast-on tutorial here.)
Purl one row.
Work Rows 1 and 2 as original pattern, changing colors for ombré effect as follows, cutting yarn no longer in use at end of each section:
Work 58 more rows A+A; work 60 rows A+B; 60 rows B+B; 60 rows B+C; 60 rows C+C; 59 rows C+A. Cut working yarns, leaving a 1½ yd tail for grafting.
Prepare for grafting: Working from the fastened-off end of your provisional cast-on, carefully undo the chain (if you’ve knit into the wrong spot, clip chain and un-pick it) and with your second needle pick up the loops that are released. You will need to ‘find’ a partial stitch at one end or the other to make up 40 sts. Fold scarf wrong sides together without twisting. Hold two needles parallel in left hand. Thread doubled tail of working yarn from last row worked on a darning needle and graft as follows:
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. Note: Do not pull yarn up tightly, but leave your grafted sts relaxed so they will be easy to identify when you go back to adjust tension later.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to knit, and lift st off its needle (you do not need to pull darning needle through st at this point).
Step 2: Insert darning needle into next st on front needle as if to purl, but leave st on its needle; pull yarn 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 its needle (you do not need to pull darning needle through st at this point).
Step 4: Insert darning needle into next st on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on its needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Repeat these four steps until all sts have been lifted off needles, ending with Steps 1 and 3. With tip of a needle, go back to beginning of grafting and adjust tension of your grafted sts to match tension of knitted rows.
Finishing: Weave in ends.
Wet block as specified in pattern, except you’ll insert your wires into the folds of your loop and pull for a little tension. Allow to dry completely.
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Printed Bias Before & After Scarf pattern, plus free adaptation for making an ombré loop. (Requires shipping.)
Digital Bias Before & After Scarf pattern, plus free adaptation for making on ombré loop. (Download)
Free digital adaptation explaining changes to the pattern for making an ombré loop. (Download)