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Morning Surf Scarf

Complimentary gift pattern from HeartStrings and Jackie E-S

Morning Surf Scarf is a free online pattern valued at $5.00. If you like this pattern, please support the continued development of new educational resources and HeartStrings knitting designs by making a donation or by purchasing any of the for-sale patterns. A donation or other purchase is optional, but appreciated.

The Morning Surf Scarf is knit in a simple lace-type structure that knits up quickly because of the dropped yarn-overs. The scarf I originally made as a tribute to the '95 Destin Spin-In was a fingering-weight handspun in gray-green vari-toned. I composed a stitch and row sequence to capture the feeling of the gentle waves under a morning haze as I took my walks on the beach. Of course, you don't have to use any particular color, or even a particular weight.

Note: To print this pattern page, set your printer to landscape mode.

Morning Surf Scarf

Number of projects for this pattern that are posted on Ravelry

Yarn and Needles

This pattern easily adapts to any type yarn and scarf size. You can adjust the cast on stitch count up or down by increments of 10 for a wider or narrower scarf. Also, use whatever needle size that gives you a drapey fabric without being sloppy. Here are some guidelines:

Yarn size
(in wraps per inch)
Suggested needle
(US size)
Suggested number
of stitches
16 - 18 2 or 3 76
13 - 15 5 or 6 66
10 - 12 8 or 9 56

I recommend using straight needles. If you use circular, you may have difficulty in sliding the multiple yarn overs from the flexible connector back onto the needle area.

Scarf pictured was knit with 3.5 oz of 2-ply bombyx silk/merino blend on size 2 US needles, for a finished size of 11" by 48".

Abbreviations

  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • rep - repeat
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • yo - yarn over
  • yo 2 times - bring yarn between needles to front, wrap completely around needle once, bring over needle once more for second yo and ready to knit next st (there will be 2 extra loops on the needle)
  • yo 3 times - bring yarn between needles to front, wrap completely around needle twice, bri
  • ng over needle once more for third yo and ready to knit next st (there will be 3 extra loops on the needle)
  • yo 4 times - bring yarn between needles to front, wrap completely around needle three times, bring over needle once more for fourth yo and ready to knit next st (there will be 4 extra loops on the needle)

Instructions

Cast on 76 sts loosely (or multiple of 10 sts + 6 sts)

Knit 2 rows.

Rows 1-2: Knit.

Row 3: * k6, yo 2 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 2 times, rep from * to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 4: Knit, dropping the extra loops from the yo's of previous row off needle as you come to them. (Be careful not to drop the other sts!) After completing row, tug gently on sts below needle to distribute the yarn from the dropped loops downward.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: Purl.

Rows 7 - 8: Knit.

Row 9: * k1, yo 2 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 2 times, k5, rep, from * to last 6 sts, k1, yo 2 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 2 times, k1.

Row 10: Knit, dropping the extra loops from the yo's of previous row off needle as you come to them. (Be careful not to drop the other sts!) After completing row, tug gently on sts below needle to distribute the yarn from the dropped loops downward.

Row 11: Knit.

Row 12: Purl.

Rep rows 1 - 12 until length desired (or close to your yarn running out!) ending with row 5 or 11.

Knit 2 rows.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends invisibly.

Wash and block according to your yarn's care instructions. I have an article Tips for Tension Blocking in the Resource area of the HeartStrings web if you need additional help.

Enjoy! Jackie E-S

© 1998 Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. This pattern is intended for personal use only. It may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes only, as long as distributed in its entirety including copyright notice and origination. No sale of finished products from this pattern is allowed without express permission with licensing agreement.

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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