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In Germany, fall is grey, wet and cold. Nothing else. Just the right time for some extra color and coziness from a scarf.

I love self striping yarns. I really do. Many colors in just one ball mean endless possibilities for adventurous knitters.

Edgar the edgy scarf is my latest approach to the possibilities of one or two balls of self striping yarns, showing off all their beauty and brightness.

One ball of Noro Silk Garden or Noro Kureyon knits up to a cravat, 43 inches long. If you'd like an extra-long Edgar, 2 balls will end him at 85 inches. If you want him medium (60 inches), one and a half balls will do.

If you decide to knit a cravat, no two squares will be alike. The ultimate one-of-a-kind project.

photos: Silke Hupka

Cravat, (Medium Scarf, Extra Long Scarf)

Length: 43 inches
Width: 5 inches

Medium scarf:
Length: 60 inches
Width: 5 inches

Extra long scarf:
Length: 85 inches
Width: 5 inches



Noro Silk Garden [45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb's Wool; 109 yd/100 m per 50 g skein]; color: 37; 1[2, 2] skeins


Noro Kureyon [100% wool 109 yd/100 m per 50 g skein]; color: 115; 1[2, 2] skeins

1 set US 8/5 mm straight needles
Tapestry needle

16 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using either Noro Kureyon or Noro Silk Garden


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over

Edgar is knit in one piece without any short-row-techniques or sewing skills needed.


CO 31 sts.
Note: Slip first st of every row purlwise, then bring yarn between needles to back of work, ready to knit the next stitch.

Row 1: K all sts.
Row 2: Sl1, k13, sl1, k2tog, psso, k14. 29 sts.
Odd numbered Rows 3-17: Sl1, k to end.
Row 4: Sl1, k12, sl1, 2tog, psso, k13. 27 sts.
Row 6: Sl1, k11, sl1, k2tog, psso, k12. 25 sts.
Row 8: Sl1, k10, sl1, k2tog, psso, k11. 23 sts.
Row 10: Sl1, k9, sl1, k2tog, psso, k10. 21 sts.
Row 12: Sl1, k8, sl1, k2tog, psso, k9. 19 sts.
Row 14: Sl1, k7, sl1, k2tog, psso, k8. 17 sts.
Row 16: Sl1, k6, sl1, k2tog, psso, k7. 15 sts.
Row 18: Sl1, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso, k6, CO 9 sts. 22 sts.
Row 19: Sl1, k21, CO 9 sts. 31 sts.
Work Rows 2-19 8[12, 17] times more, then work Rows 2-17 once.

Proceed to End Rows.

End Row 1: Sl1, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso, k6. 13 sts.
Even Numbered End Rows 2-10: Sl1, k to end.
End Row 3: Sl1, k4, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5. 11 sts.
End Row 5: Sl1, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4. 9 sts.
End Row 7: Sl1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3. 7 sts.
End Row 9: Sl1, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2. 5 sts.
End Row 11: K1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1. 3 sts.
End Row 12: K3tog. Break yarn. pull through rem st and pull tight.


Weave in ends.

A Kureyon scarf, at least, will need gentle washing -- it will become a lot softer after a soapy and relaxing bath.


Silke is a knitter from Germany, splitting her life between Spain and Germany. Husband and dog may also come. She has been hooked on wool since early childhood, brought to the needles by her grandmothers.

Find her German language blog at and her English website at