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The GAMEDAY SCARF is knitted using a special technique called double knitting, which results in a lofty, thermal fabric with designs/motifs on both sides, making it reversible. The colors in the motifs are reversed, too, making non-knitters, and most knitters, wonder how it was done! Any number of colors can be employed; the most basic using 2 colors per row. Motifs are knitted from charts, knitting one stitch on the front and then one stitch on the back. Where simple stripes are knitted, no charts are needed.
I created the paw chart for the scarf and then knitted it for my friend, Laura, who is obsessed with the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
Materials needed: Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors. I chose blue and orange for UK Wildcats. Two colors with high contrast work best. If you use dk, you will get a smaller scarf, but it should still be large enough for teen-adult.
US Size 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles. You can use straights, or circulars (and just knit back and forth), but I don't recommend using dpns.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
It can be confusing when getting started, because you are knitting a double fabric, which means you are knitting the front side of the fabric at the same time you are knitting the back. The important thing to do is cast on holding both colors at the same time, and arranging the cast on stitches so that the colors alternate on the needle. I cast on 5 double sts in the sample to the right. This setup allows you to develop a rhythm when knitting alternate colors in alternate stitches. And remember that every block on the chart represents TWO stitches: the knit stitch on the front and the purl stitch on the back. Cast on 26 double sts, holding MC and CC together, and arrange the colors alternately on the needle. I put 5 motifs on the scarf I made, separated by alternating stripes. The stripes are easier than working the chart, so let's start there. .
The stripes are 8 rows each color. The recipe for the scarf is 1 MC stripe, *MC paw print with CC background (explained in detail when we get to it), MC stripe, CC stripe, MC stripe, CC stripe, CC paw print, CC stripe, MC stripe, CC stripe, MC stripe, repeat from * 1 time, MC paw print, MC stripe. (That's 5 alternating paw prints with sets of 4 alternating stripes between, and 1 stripe on each end). You can go ahead and make your scarf without the paw prints if you just want to practice and get used to double knitting. If that's your goal right now, skip over the next section (knitting from the paw print chart) and go to the stripe section. But for now, let's get back to the first stripe. You've got one row that looks like the pictures above.
Stripe, Row 1, 3, 5, 8: Knit all the MC and Purl all the CC.
Stripe Row 2, 4, 6, 8: Knit all the CC and Purl all the MC.
So on the right side, what shows is 8 rows of MC (all knit sts in stockinette pattern), and on the wrong side, you see 8 rows of CC (all knit sts in stockinette pattern). Amazing, isn't it?
Now that you have your 26 double sts cast on, if you count them, you actually have 52 sts. The first st is your MC. Mine is orange in the picture above right. There are 9 double sts in the samples below, just so I could get good pictures. Hold both colors in the same hand, I recommend the left, but if you are used to knitting Continental style and holding them in your right hand, it can be done, I just think that's more difficult. With both yarns held in back, knit the MC st with the MC. Move both yarns to the front and purl the CC stitch with the CC. (So I just knitted the orange stitch and then moved the yarns to the front and purled the blue stitch. ) Now move both yarns to the back. Go across the row knitting all the MC sts and purling all the CC sts, to the last 2 st. For the last st, knit them together, with both colors held together, & then turn.
The front side after knitting the first row.
The back side after knitting the first row.
Let's get Started!