Dapper Herringbone Scarf

I should be ashamed of myself for even daring to call this a pattern, but a few people have asked about the scarf I showed in my last post, and I figured I’d just quickly explain what I did. There is absolutely no skill involved in coming up with this, because I just used a Barbara Walker stitch pattern and made it about as wide as I wanted. (For those with Barbara Walker’s first Treasury, the stitch pattern is the Woven Diagonal Herringbone on page 96 of my edition.)

I made my scarf with two skeins of Cascade Luna. It’s pretty short, though, (43 inches) so I’d recommend 4 skeins for a more normal length scarf of about 7 feet long. The stitch pattern is perfect for a scarf because it’s reversible, and it has enough interest to keep a knitter pretty well occupied with a result that is not too flashy for even the most conservative of fashionable gentlemen. (Of course, it would work admirably for a woman, too. I am just pleased to have found something that works even for someone like my husband, who does not like frippery on his handknits.)

So, the pattern, such as it is.

Yarn: 4 skeins Cascade Luna
Possible yarn subs: Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Cascade Ecological Wool, Malabrigo Worsted, Knit Picks Main Line (about 336 yards of any of these)
Needles: One pair 5 mm needles (U.S. size 6)
Gauge: 17.5 st to 4″ in pattern (this does not need to be terribly precise)

Please note: All slipped stitches are slipped with the yarn in front.

Cast on 24 st

Row 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl across.
Row 2: (Sl 3, k3) 4x.
Row 4: K1, * sl 3, k3; repeat from *, end sl 3, k2.
Row 6: K2, * sl 3, k3; rep from *, end sl 3, k1.
Row 8: (K3, sl 3) 4x.
Row 10: Sl 1, *k3, sl 3; rep from *, end k3, sl 2.
Row 12: Sl 2, *k3, sl 3; rep from *, end k3, sl 1.

Repeat rows 1-12 until you feel the scarf is of a good length or you run out of yarn. You should have just enough for a scarf slightly over 7 feet long if you use 4 skeins of Cascade Luna. Wet block the scarf and then wear. Swell!

January 2nd edit:  Orata over at Feather and Fan made some really excellent adaptations to this pattern.  Her version is called the Prismatic Scarf, and it works really well with any variegated yarns as well as eliminating any possible tendency to curl.  My version blocks pretty flat, but it does want to curl, as will happen with any stockinette based pattern.  The Prismatic Scarf evens out the knits and the purls to a happy medium.  Hooray for happy endings!  I actually think I’ll be making a second version using the Prismatic pattern (and some fun yarn).


    • The stitches are slipped purlwise on my scarf. I don’t think it will make a huge difference if you choose to slip them knitwise, but I did slip them purlwise.

      As to the second part, it absolutely does not matter whether you slip them separately or together. I usually slip stitches separately but that is due to personal preference and knitting ease (as in I find it easier, not the fabric ease!) rather than a particular method. Hope this helps!

  1. Enid

    Hello. This is lovely. Since this attracts lovers of herringbone-type patterns, I would like to take advantage of this audience to make comments about this pattern, Prismatic or others for a wedding afghan for my son and his bride.
    Thank you.

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