Good Luck Scarf

Pattern: Salt lake Knit's Salt Flats Scarf
Yarn: 2 yds Cascade Yarn Covington in color 04
Cost: $28

I usually don't do Christmas gifts with my family for Christmas, but I have had a wonderful intern this semester who will be leaving back to China at the end of the month. So I wanted to knit her something special to take with her and also to keep her warm as she passes through the east coast on her vacation. Because I only had two weeks to knit it, I bought a chunky weight blend in red--the Chinese color of good luck! (Or so I hope.) All that was left was to pick a pattern. I browsed through the links on Knitting Pattern Central. There were lots of lovely patterns (and plenty of not-so-lovely ones), but for this particular project I found I liked a few different styles: simple, cabled, ruffled, braided, and nature-inspired. I knit up a few test swatches and this is what I came up with!

My first attempt using the regular gauge, however, was much too wide. I decided to frog it (this makes my mom sad) and started up again using a modified pattern. Because the ruffles are irregularly placed, I ended up charting the whole thing out (without and then with modifications) just so I could get a feel about what was going on. This, for me, is the real challenge about knitting patterns over sewing patterns: it's so hard to tell where you're going with it, and sometimes you won't know what it looks like until you've tried it out.

Here is how it all comes together:

And here is the modified pattern for a chunky knit:

Cast on 94 (98) stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 & all even rows: K1, P to last stitch, K1
Row 3: K9, SRP, (K5, SRP) 4 times, K5
Row 5: K18, SRP, K5, SRP, Knit to end
Row 7: K10, SRP, K1 (5), SRP, Knit to end
Row 9: K8, SRP, Knit to end
Row 10: K1, P1 into front and back of sts until 1 remains, K1
Row 11: K
Row 12: K1, P to last stitch, K1

Repeat rows 11 & 12 until piece measures 60”

Knit four rows garter stitch (knit every row)
Bind off

Block the body of the scarf flat. Gently block
the pattern end to open up the short rows.

Short Row Pattern (SRP)
Row 1: K8, turn
Row 2: sl1p, P7, turn
Row 3: sl1k, K6, k2tog
Row 4: sl1p, P6, p2tog
Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times
Row 11: sl1k, knit 7

More pattern inspiration for chunky yarns:

Simple Patterns:
Simple Scarf

Cable Patterns:

Fringe Scarf

Reversible Cables

Ruffle Patterns:
Ruffle Scarf

Ruffle Scarf 2

Slight Ruffles

End Ruffles

Braided Scarves:

Nature Patterns:
Leaf Pattern

Leaf Pattern 2
Leaf Pattern 3

Nature Pattern


Bobble Pattern

Drop Stitch
Braided Scarf
And finally, what I know will be my next scarf project:
Pi Scarf!


  1. I -adore- the Pi scarf! And I forgot about Knitting Pattern Central... I usually rely on Ravelry only for patterns. I hope she liked your gift!

  2. I love it! Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything.


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