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Striped Chevron Scarf - Modern Cotton DK Version

Striped Chevron Scarf - Modern Cotton DK Version

“A sunny knit!”

Our Striped Chevron Scarf is a wonderfully summery accessory—whether the weather is cloudy or cloudless! Two-row stripes zig-zag off your needles in an easy-to-memorize chevron pattern paired with alternating color blocks. They remind us of vintage café awnings, beach umbrellas, and comfy hammocks swinging in the sun (all perfectly acceptable knitting spots).

We’ve knit this piece in a new cotton-blend—Berroco Modern Cotton DK. Differing from its big sister, Modern Cotton, only in weight, this cool fiber is a warm weather essential. The balance of Pima cotton and Modal rayon means it’s hard-wearing and machine-washable. A palette of sophisticated neutrals and cheerful brights play together perfectly side-by-side in the waving stripes of this sunny scarf.

Click on "The Free Pattern" tab to see the scarf pattern. We’ve selected a few of our favorite combinations of Modern Cotton DK below, or go to the Berroco Modern Cotton DK page to pick your own colorway. You'll need 1 skein each of 4 colors.

Approx. 8 x 72"/20 x 183cm after blocking.

4 skeins Berroco Modern Cotton DK (335 yds/306m each): 1 skein each in 4 colors.
Designate colors A–D; our sample used A = 6656 Napatree, B = 6601 Sandy Point, C = 6624 Salty Brine, D = 6651 Narraganset (the Gazebo colorway).
Or approx. 660 yds/605m of an equivalent DK-weight yarn (approx. 165 yds/151m each of 4 colors).
Note: Four skeins of Modern Cotton DK will make 2 scarves in this pattern.

US 6 (4mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Blunt darning needle to finish.

Approx. 27 sts = 4"/10cm in chevron pattern stitch.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: K = knit; KFB = increase by knitting into front then into back of same stitch; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; P = purl; RS = right side; SSK = slip, slip, knit (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, insert left needle into front of 2 slipped stitches from left; from this position, K2tog); St(s) = stitch(es); WS = wrong side.

Chevron pattern stitch:
Pattern is a multiple of 14 stitches plus 2. To increase or decrease width, add or subtract stitches in multiples of 14.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): K1 *KFB, K4, SSK, K2Tog, K4, KFB*; repeat between * * 3 more times, K1.

Cast on: With Color A, using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 58 sts. Knit 1 row, then work 4 rows in chevron pattern stitch, ending with RS row.

Stripe section 1: Drop A, but do not cut. Attach B and work 2 rows in chevron pattern stitch as established.
Note: Carry color not in use up the side; do not cut. Give a gentle tug on new color to tidy up the last stitch before working first stitch of new stripe.

Alternating A and B, continue to work 2 rows of chevron pattern in each color until you have completed 27 stripes of B (approx. 17"/43cm). Cut A, leaving a 6"/15cm tail; set remainder of A aside for later.

Stripe section 2: Attach C and continue in pattern, alternating 2 rows each of B and C until you have completed 27 stripes of C. Cut B, leaving a 6"/15cm tail.

Stripe section 3: Attach D and continue in pattern, alternating 2 rows each of C and D until you have completed 27 stripes of D. Cut C, leaving a 6"/15cm tail.

Stripe section 4: Attach remainder of A and continue in pattern, alternating 2 rows each of D and A until you have completed 27 more stripes of D. Cut D, leaving a 6"/15cm tail.

Work 6 rows in pattern in A (to match beginning), ending with RS row. Bind off knitwise on WS. Fasten off.

Finishing: Weave in all ends as invisibly as possible.

Blocking: To wet block, soak for 15 minutes in tepid water with a no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll up in a towel and gently squeeze out more moisture. Lay flat to dry.

Download printable "Striped Chevron Scarf" pdf pattern.

Kit says that this knit up much faster than she thought it would, and she advises that everyone pay attention that your sections are exactly the same (count those rows!).

In designing the colorblocking, we sought to balance pleasing colorblock proportions while leveraging the yardage in Modern Cotton so that there was as little leftover as possible.

COLORWAY: Gazebo (Napatree, Sandy Point, Salty Brine, Narraganset).

COLORWAY: Hedge (Matunuck, Breakers, Bristol, Lippit).

COLORWAY: Hammock (Piper, Salty Brine, Bluffs, Del).

COLORWAY: Courtyard (Longspur, Gadwell, Sandy Point, Piper).

COLORWAY: Awning (Hope, Gadwell, Napatree, Bluffs).

COLORWAY: Patio (Bristol, Narraganset, Piper, Rosecliff).

COLORWAY: Nellie (Bluffs, Gadwell, Lippit, Hope)