Pretty Perfect Square: Four Color Stripe Using Shibui Silk Cloud
This simple, lightweight knit square mimics the shape and scale of a classic silk scarf. I-cord edgings and bind-off details create the look of a hand-rolled hem. The pattern is more of a ‘recipe,’ really, with details given for three variations and tips on how to create your own.
For this version of our Pretty Perfect Square, we chose four colors of Shibui Silk Cloud for gentle, tonal, uneven stripes. With a lovely luster and subtle halo, Silk Cloud is a lace-weight mohair blend with a core of silk (a significant 40%!). This floaty fiber creates a smooth fabric and takes dye beautifully—perfect for playing with stripes.
Pick up the pattern below (if you don’t already own it), and then select a colorway from the combinations we’ve tried and loved. Each colorway contains one skein each of the four colors, enough to make the 30”/76cm square pictured (adjust yardage if changing size). Visit the Shibui Silk Cloud page to choose your own colors!
FINISHED SIZE SHOWN
This scarf can be made in any size you like. Our 4-color uneven stripe sample measures approx. 30"/76cm square, after blocking.
1 skein each of Shibui Silk Cloud (330 yds/300m each) in four colors; Sample shown in Color A = Bone, B = Graphite, C = Ash, D = White.
Or equivalent amounts of lace-weight mohair yarn in four colors.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 3 (3.25mm) circular needle (to knit off both ends), or size to obtain gauge.
US G/6 (4mm) crochet hook for provisional cast-on.
Smooth fine yarn (knotting cord or Perle Cotton work well) for provisional cast-on.
Locking marker. Fine blunt darning needle to finish.
Fine gauge blocking wires and T-pins; or lots of fork blocking pins.
24 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Row gauge determined from swatch.
Don't skip the swatching on this one!
Though it's a simple stockinette square, swatching will give you an opportunity to practice techniques, make sure you love your fabric and calculate how many rows you'll need to get a perfect square. You will also be able to play with colors and striping sequences, so you're sure to love your finished product.
We've provided details for the samples shown, but have also given you a basic recipe to follow so that you can create your own unique variations.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Digital Pretty Perfect Square pattern. (Download)
Printed Pretty Perfect Square pattern. (Requires shipping.)
COLORWAY: Pennant (Bone, Graphite, Ash, White).
COLORWAY: Burgee (Pollen, Deep Water, Tar, Bone).
COLORWAY: Bunting (Shore, Suit, Ash, White).
COLORWAY: Crest (Abyss, Tar, Ash, Ivory).
COLORWAY: Semaphore (Velvet, Bordeaux, Twilight, Ash).