Knitty: little purls of wisdom
beauty shot Stephen West


I love combining colors and featuring luxurious yarns with simple stitch patterns. The bold diagonal lines of the chevron stitch pattern compliment hand-dyed yarn and adventurous color combinations perfectly.

This simple scarf’s size can easily be modified by adding or subtracting rows.

I played with four colors, but I imagine Creekbed would also be great for leftover bits of sock yarn. I know we all have those leftover skeins and scraps eagerly waiting to jump onto our needles!

spacer model + photos: Stephen West



Length: 66 inches
Width: 12 inches from point to point.
Measurements taken after blocking.



Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light [100% Superwash Merino; 420yds / 384m per 100g skein]; color:
spacer [A] William Morris, 1 skein (used approx 230yds)
spacer [B] Copper Penny, 1 skein (used approx 225yds)
spacer [C] Glazed Pecan, 1 skein (used approx 225yds)
spacer [D] Nutmeg, 1 skein (used approx 225 yds)

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 40 inch US #3/3.25mm circular needle

spacer Yarn needle



26 stitches / 40 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


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

Chevron Stitch Pattern
Row 1 [RS]: K4, (k1, M1L, k16, sk2p, k16, M1R) to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2 [WS]: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.

M1L: (make one left) with left needle, lift strand between sts from the front, knit through the back loop

M1R: (make one right) with left needle, lift strand between sts from the back, knit through the front loop

Using color A, CO 441 sts.

K 7 rows. Break color A.

*Work Rows 1 & 2 of Chevron Stitch Pattern twice with color B. Break color B.

Work Rows 1 & 2 of Chevron Stitch Pattern twice with color C. Break color C.

Work Rows 1 & 2 of Chevron Stitch Pattern twice with color D. Break color D.

Repeat colors B, C & D twice more, working 4 rows with each color.

Using color A, k 8 rows. Break color A.*

Repeat from * to * once more, ending with a WS row. Do not break color A at the end of the repeat so you can use color A for the BO.

BO all sts loosely as follows: *k2tog tbl, slip the stitch back to left needle, repeat from * until one stitch remains. Break yarn and pull it through the last stitch.


Weave in ends. Wet block the scarf, pinning out the scallops.


designernamespacer Stephen West can knit while he walks and is now learning how to knit while dancing in Amsterdam where he studies choreography at the School for New Dance Development.

You can find his self-published patterns and pattern books, Westknits Book One and Book Two, at your local yarn shop and at You can look forward to Book Three this fall!