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Seafoam Scarf

Based on “Seafoam” from


Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns

This easy lace scarf is worked back and forth.

The intrigue comes from an easy-to-memorize


pattern of multiple “yarn overs.”

The yarn overs are dropped on the following row


to create airy strands.
Skills Used: cast on, knit, multiple yarn overs (yo 2 If planning a shawl in fingering weight yarn, cast on
times, yo 3 times, yo 4 times), drop yarn overs, cast off. 86 sts.
If planning a shawl in DK weight yarn, cast on 76 sts.
Size: Fingering weight scarf is 6 by 66 inches.
DK weight scarf is 6 by 54 inches. Pattern Instructions:
Shawl is 14 by 70 inches. • Loosely cast on 36 (26) sts. Note: Cast on and
cast off edges must be loose to allow ends to form into
Materials & Equipment: waves.
• fingering weight: 3 skeins Hacho (125m) or 2 • Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
skeins Koigu KPPPM or 300-400m of your • Row 3: *K6, yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4
favourite fingering/sock weight yarn times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice; repeat from
• 3.75mm needles * to final 6 sts, k6. [78 (68)sts on ndl]
• darning needle • Row 4: Knit across, dropping all yo loops.
OR When row is complete, gently tug down on
• DK weight: 2 skeins Mirasol T’ika or 1 skein scarf fabric. [36 (26) sts on ndl]
Ruca or 200m of your favourite yarn • Rows 5 and 6: Knit.
• 4.50 mm needles • Row 7: * K1, yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4
times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice, k5; repeat
For a shawl, plan on 800m of fingering weight yarn or from * to final st, ending with k1 instead of k5.
500m of DK weight yarn. • Row 8: Knit across, dropping all yo loops.
Because scarves need drape and flexibility, use a needle When row is complete, gently tug down on
size that is a bit larger than recommended on the ball scarf fabric. [36 (26)sts on ndl]
band. • Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length. Cast off
loosely after completing a Row 5.
Abbreviations:
k knit Finishing:
ndl needle Cut yarn and weave in ends. Wash gently and roll in a
st(s) stitch(es) towel (or dampen by misting with a spray bottle).
yo yarn over – yarn forward between needles and Block scarf by stretching gently to open up pattern.
then back over right needle ready to work next stitch. Shape and pin scallops at each end of scarf and pin
(This single increase is not used in this pattern, but (or use blocking wires) regularly along length.
one should know how to do a yo before attempting Let dry completely before unpinning.
multiple versions of this increase.)
yo 2 times yarn forward between needles and back
over right needle 2 times.
yo 3 times yarn forward between needles and back
over right needle 3 times.
yo 4 times yarn forward between needles and back
over right needle 4 times.
* * repeat instructions between asterisks

If using a DK or worsted weight yarn, loosely cast


on 26 sts. Stitch counts for these heavier yarns are in
(brackets).

© Joan Janes, 2011. A single working copy for personal use is allowed.
Otherwise, no part of this pattern may be reproduced in any form without
the written consent of the author.
joan@littleredmitten.ca

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