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Blooming Cotton Scarf

Mar 6, 2009
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A no-finish fringe made by cutting and raveling edge stitches finishes off the Blooming Cotton Scarf.  Centered dots of contrast, slipped and stretched over two rows, call to mind the deeply colored hearts of common garden pansies.  Three bonus coloroways inspired by the elements are also available.

Designer Eunny Jang
Finished Size 10½" wide and 70½" long, excluding fringe.
Murex and Mango Colorway (Shown): Yarn Tahki Cotton Classic (100% cotton; 108 yd [99 m]/50 g): #3944 eggplant (dark purple; MC), 3 skeins; #3913 dark red-violet (CC1), #3947 medium red-violet (CC2), #3912 red-violet (CC3), #3818 blue (CC4), #3549 mustard (CC5), #3415 dusty pink (CC6), #3553 bright yellow-orange (CC7), and #3702 chartreuse (pale green; CC8), 1 skein each.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 40" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge 21 sts and 46 rows = 4" in honeycomb patt.

Alternate Colorways:
Rosso Corsa:
#3336 bitter chocolate (MC),3 skeins; #3747 dark burgundy (CC1), #3432 burgundy (CC2), #3995 deepest red (CC3), #3407 dark brick (CC4), #3416 salmon (CC5), #3352 light copper (CC6), #3541 peach (CC7), and #3202 almond (CC8), 1 skein each.
Peacock: #3784 deepest teal (MC), 3 skeins; #3786 dark teal (CC1), #3876 dark French blue (CC2), #3358 tobacco brown (CC3), #3800 dark aqua (CC4), #3774 pine green (CC5), #3716 leaf green (CC6), #3811 misty blue (CC7), and #3226 oatmeal (CC8), 1 skein each.
Tree and Ore: #3214 coffee (MC), 3 skeins; #3248 milk chocolate (CC1), #3009 grey (CC2), #3559 butterscotch (CC3), #3203 light milk chocolate (CC4), #3004 steel grey (CC5), #3204 taupe (CC6), #3254 chocolate malted (CC7), and #3200 ecru (CC8), 1 skein each.

 Free Pattern Available Until:  August 10, 2009

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sarouse wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 1:26 PM


Help!  We are all ready here at home to change our first color.  My experience of knitting in the round has been very forgiveable felted bags and self-striping wool for socks.  So....the question:  Each time we change colors, do we knot old to new down close and then weave ends in later or are we supposed to leave the long strand of the old and new colors hanging to be part of we are just 2 or 3 rows in it is hard to visualize how changing all these colors will work out in the end.  Please advise.

Cherie wrote
on Jun 9, 2009 11:53 AM
AnneM, thanks much for that wonderful tip for the 6 slipped stitches!!!
AnneM@2 wrote
on Jun 5, 2009 1:43 PM
The pattern eventually makes sense so you don't have to look at the directions all the time. Just keep knitting and it will come to you. Regarding the loose stitches: I finally figured out that you can bind up the 6 loose stitches on the back by picking up every other loose stitch while knitting the next row. Hard for me to explain but it works. If I can do it, you can too!
Debbiedomby wrote
on Jun 3, 2009 7:16 PM
hi i am trying to make this scarf also...i would appreciate any is hard for me to decifer the pattern...going down and up to read the row and color then the pattern...thanks,deb
Cherie wrote
on Jun 3, 2009 1:05 PM
I want so badly to make this, but am also concerned about the back side of the slipped stitches. Has anyone finished enough of it to address this. Thanks.
AnneM@2 wrote
on May 15, 2009 8:24 AM
Okay, never mind. My mistake -- I fixed it, the pattern is fine and the scarf looks good. Still wondering about the long stretches of yarn across the back. Thanks.
AnneM@2 wrote
on May 14, 2009 4:43 PM
I've knitted up to row 7 and ripped it all out a couple of times already because it doesn't look like the pictures. Though I swear I'm following the instructions, and I have been knitting including slipped stitches for many years, it comes out kind of random looking. It's a big deal to rip out 400 stitches. What am I doing wrong?? And yes, I too am concerned about the loose yarn across 6 stitches in the back.
Ravon36 wrote
on May 11, 2009 10:55 AM
I love this scarf and I been knitting according to the directions for some reason it is not looking like the pattern. I am very confused with the chart as well. Can anyone explain the chart in very simple terms? I am going to start over to see what I am doing wrong but i still need to understand the chart. Please help I dont want to give up. Thanks.
on May 10, 2009 5:19 PM
I think I am knitting this correctly, but is t the case that in some instances (for example when doing round 5 where the 2 stitches are added to the center of the "flower") the yarn will be carried for 6 stitches across the back, without catching it elsewhere? Am I knitting this correcttly? Seems like it would get caught on buttons, etc., when worn. Thanks.
icerya wrote
on Apr 23, 2009 9:25 PM
me encanta la combinacion de colores, realmente una bonita labor, muchas gracias.
love2knit wrote
on Apr 21, 2009 2:56 PM
great colors, love the design, kind of reminds me of a fish! :) awsome!
Munchkinelf wrote
on Apr 17, 2009 7:56 AM
Hi, I love the scarf, and I want to make it, but I can't download the pdf file. I keep getting a message that it is corrupt. I thought it was because I wasn't signed in so I sign in and tried again...but no luck. How else can I download it? A lot of people seem to have been able to download it, so I don't know what's happening with me. I've downloaded other pdf files from this site without a problem. Thanks for any help!! Monica
on Apr 16, 2009 5:25 AM
To maryd: if you haven't found the instructions, try clicking on the sentence next to the adobe icon near the top of this page. To DorothyA: a quick fix to untwist -straighten each stitch "before" you knit the round, then before you knit the last stitch of the round, drop the left needle under the work and untwist the twist (either back to front or front to back depending on which way your work twisted). Hope this helps.
bonnieboo_13 wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 6:52 PM
I love it! Thanks for the freebie! Can I use 4 ply yarn?
on Apr 15, 2009 1:47 PM
I really love to knit, but with the bad economy it becomes more and more expensive. Thank you for having free patterns available to all of us.
on Apr 15, 2009 1:43 PM
merci beaucoup!!! Je vais voir pour commander les fils!!
on Apr 15, 2009 1:43 PM
I really love to knit, but with the bad economy it becomes more and more expensive. Thank you for having free patterns available to all of us.
RoseU wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 1:34 PM
Hello: Just thought I would drop a note to see why it is that no one in Canada never wins in any of these contest? Is it perhaps just a fluke? I do enjoy knitting daily a lot but I just thought I would ask.
LiseG wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 1:22 PM
This is so beautiful!! I am totally going to make this and I love the idea to try it like a stained glass window in black outlines. Thanks, Eunny!
helena962 wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 11:31 AM
Will try this beautiful scarf when I finish my current project. I do ALL my knitting on circular needles whenever possible, even if they're not joined. I prefer one piece or side to side items as I HATE sewing things together. Helena
khall wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 11:30 AM
Crochet version? Thanks
JaniceG@2 wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 11:17 AM
This looks like it is really going to be fun. It is really pretty, can't deside what colors I want yet. Thank you for the free pattern and hope to see more from you in the near future. Janice G. from Texas
KiraM wrote
on Apr 14, 2009 6:18 PM
I love getting the email from Sandi, and I love this site! Thanks so much for all the hard work you all put into it. Thank you so much for the free patterns, and all the instructions to be found here and on "you tube" from Interweave. I am hooked on Interweave mags and books! I am definitely going to try this gorgeous scarf. Kudo's to Sandi and the rest of the team. Kira M.
AnneT@2 wrote
on Apr 14, 2009 10:05 AM
OK. I have the yarn, I have the pattern, I have the nerve. I just need to know that 400 stitches will fit on the 40" needle. Is it way too cramped? Thanks!
NoelleM wrote
on Apr 12, 2009 10:53 AM
You turn some rounds, and you knit in the round some rounds. Since you cut there at the end, it doesn't matter that some of them are not joined. So if the instructions say to turn the piece, you turn it and knit back the other way. It works out in the end if you just follow the directions carefully. good luck. it is beautiful.
sunshine66 wrote
on Apr 7, 2009 1:00 AM
I'm going nuts trying to figure out this pattern. I feel like an idiot. I don't get the color chart and even though she says to knit in the round with all the 'turning' instructions and some very detailed explanations, I'm surprised she didn't add to join the round. This made me doubt whether you actually join the round. I'm frustrated because as most others here I find the design to be beautiful and I really want to make it. I'm a beginning to intermediate knitter and thought with a skill level of easy that I should be able to handle it, but now I'm questioning it . . . and I've already bought the yarn with my own color combos! Anyone out there who has made this and would be willing to give a few hints? Thanks!
KimberlyC@3 wrote
on Apr 4, 2009 10:46 AM
Oh I am in love with this...unless...unless it rolls! Has anyone gotten far enough to tell me whether the sides roll in? I can't bear to make it if that will be its fate!
DorothyA wrote
on Mar 31, 2009 6:00 AM
OK--the dreaded error--I twisted the join on my round. It was just impossible--those 400 stitches twisting and circling the needles--I am surprised I didn't twist more than once. Bottom line though--because you cut through the knit stitches at the end to make fringe--it won't matter, will it? I just hate ripping out what I have, because I feel that there is no guarantee that I will be right the second (or third!) attempt. Dorothy In Salem, OR
JuliaD wrote
on Mar 23, 2009 2:25 PM
I'd vote for the peacock variation, but I'd love to see this--maybe even try it--with the outline part in black and the fill-ins in jewel-tone colors--like a stained-glass window. Thanks for all the free patterns and instructions! Y'all are awesome!
CariMac wrote
on Mar 21, 2009 7:20 AM
Disregard my previous comment. When I tried it again it has been fixed. Previously there was only the Adobe icon which didn't activate when I clicked on it. Now there is a sentence next to it which works...
CariMac wrote
on Mar 21, 2009 6:00 AM
I can't seem to download the pattern. Do you HAVE to take a trial subscription in order to do so?
JayeeH wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 6:31 PM
One daughter will love the peacock version of this, when *I* knit it... and my other daughter will love the directions: she's learning (Online!) to knit Continental-style... because she is VERY left-handed! This looks like something she might be able to make, living 2500 miles away, where I cannot look over her shoulder, and provide any kind of help! Jayee
on Mar 20, 2009 6:30 PM
on Mar 20, 2009 5:27 PM
Hint before you vote: If you can, download the PDF FIRST because the photo on it gives a more detailed and enlarged picture of these beautiful yarns! ~Christine in Knitvada
on Mar 20, 2009 3:47 PM
I love the Murex and Mango scarf!! You can wear it with anything and it would look great!! I just ordered the Interweave Knits magazine and that was the first item I saw and I also fell in love with it and I'm so glad it's an easy one with slip stitches; I think for sure I can knit this one. It might take awhile but it will be well worth the wait! Thanks for putting it on your site for free for those who don't get the magazine. That's really nice of you gals! Happy knitting, everyone! Donna
MonikaI wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 2:11 PM
I love the teal colorway and the pattern. It is absolutely beautiful. Hope I get to win the yarn for it.
AndreaL wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 12:21 PM
Thanks for the Knitting Daily contest to win the yarn for this scarf - but don't tease us overseas subscribers! We can't enter! How about a contest for us one day - we can't access these beautiful yarns easily as those in the US and Canada can (pouts)! Andrea from New Zealand
GraceY wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 11:53 AM
just incredible!
MaureenM@2 wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 11:35 AM
Beautiful!!!!! MAureen
on Mar 19, 2009 1:00 PM
I'm having troubles with this pattern. I understand the slipped stitches, or think I do, but it's not looking like the pattern, I must be doing something wrong. Can anybody help or suggest where to look for more instructions. Would really appreciate the help. I love the scarf. Muriel
andrea wrote
on Mar 16, 2009 4:30 AM
to Jo, thank you, I know these needles, I'm afraid I will have a bad tension on my knitting for I never used them before. I do knit with one needle under my arm for 48 years!!! I guess it is worth to try it! Andrea
Tina@2 wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 8:36 PM
There is a question of the correct number in the red version for peach (the number listed is for light cantaloupe) does anyone know what the correct color is?
nwnitter wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 2:11 PM
To Andrea. Large piece knitting in the round cannot be done with normal (2 stick) knitting needles. You must purchase needles that are attached together with a cable (plastic or metal) in between the needles. That makes them into one set of needles that are attached with a point on each end. After your stitches are cast on you "close" the circle by knitting into the first cast on stitch being careful that the cast on stitches have not curled around the needle at any point. In the case of this scarf, since it is going to be cut anyway, it would not be a disaster to have it twisted (only once at most). It could be flattened out when cut. I know...too much info. Anyway, buy some circulars and try it, it's soooo much fun! Jo
Helen@3 wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 1:17 PM
Beautiful scarf. I went to the Tahki Web site to purchase the yarn for the Murex and Mango scarf. Color #3415 is listed as Raspberry not dusty pink as shown on the pattern. Is it the same color? Thanks! I would appreciate a clarification.
MarciaG@2 wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 9:20 AM
I got a popup from norton that this site is not safe. Help? anyone have any problems? I wanted to download the blooming color scarf. thanks.
andrea wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 8:33 AM
Para Marcela, Te puedo mandar explicaciones de todas las abreviaciones en Ingles. Mi mail es .il, Andrea
andrea wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 8:30 AM
Kate, thank you for your explanation but " I only knit holding one of the sticks permanently under my arm, people say this is the Eastern Europe kind of knitting" Can you tell me what to do in this case?, thank you, Andrea
Kate M. wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 7:57 AM
to Andrea: Knitting in the round is easy. The hardest part is making sure you do not twist the cast-on stitches when you join them in the round. You will cast on exactly as many stitches as the pattern says; then, instead of turning the work and knitting back to the cast-on "tail", you begin knitting at the "tail" end. As you work, you will always have the right side facing you, never the wrong side. You just knit and knit. Or purl sometimes, if the pattern calls for it. If you need more help, try contacting your local knitting guild. Many people will be glad to show you how it's done!
Carol@13 wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 6:05 AM
Inherited a half-finished afghan in the honeycomb pattern and was intrigued enough to want to finish it but couldn't find a copy of the pattern. Thank you for the pattern and I will start with the scarf to learn the pattern. I'm a little nervous about cutting the scarf but Eunny makes everything look so easy.
andrea wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 2:47 AM
Thank you so much for sharing. It is so pretty and rich in texture. I do not how to knit on the round, do I have to cast on just half of the stitches in that case? 200 stitches instead of 400 stitches? thank you, Andrea
IsDihara wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 7:40 PM
So pretty!! Can't wait to try it in the Peacock colorway. Does one NEED to cut it...leaving it in the round would solve the problem of the slipped stitches being visible on the wrong side and -- if the edges can be unraveled for fringe -- knotting the fringe into small tassels would "tie" the circle closed. Just asking...
MarcelaL wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 6:21 PM
Qué bufanda más hermosa!!!!!!, lástima que las explicaciones sólo estén en inglés. Si al menos supiera que significan las abreviaciones, tal vez podría hacerla. Está preciosa justo que ahora empieza el otoño en mi país Chile.
OsmiaL wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 4:49 PM
What a beautiful scarf! And so many techniques I've never tried. And a "Skill Level" of "Easy". And my daughters' like it too! And the eldest was grabbing the pages off the printer as they were printing. Looks like this one is going to be a winner all around. Thanks for sharing freebie patterns with us, you guys/gals all rock!
on Mar 13, 2009 3:46 PM
This is a beautiful scarf. However, I have a couple of questions. It seems that the edges are curling on the model due to the stockinette stitch. Also, the slipped stitches are visible on the reverse side of the scarf. I am also trying to figure out the chart (table) for the rest of the rounds. I don't understand it. Please, can anyone help?
Kym wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 3:40 PM
I just download the instructions for Blooming Cotton Scarf. I can not wait to go to buy yarn Saturday and start a new project, I just finish another project and need to start another. Thank you for such a beautiful scarf. Kym
maryd@11 wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 3:28 PM
So where are the instructions to go with this pattern?
ChristineF@2 wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 3:23 PM
Omigoodness..this looks so much fun! and thank you for the freeness of it. I love slip stitch patterns and knit in the round??? faint of fun Christine
DesireeV wrote
on Mar 13, 2009 7:24 AM