That Really Cool Striped Scarf

Jared Flood has a great blog post that details the simplicity of knitting a striped scarf that uses two yarns. Read more on the Ravelry page called “Noro Striped Scarf.”


I like to call this scarf “That Really Cool Striped Scarf.” Here at Graywood Studio one of our adaptations uses two DK weight yarns from our website. The two yarns must “play well together.” One should be a solid color and one should be a self striping yarn.


Our solid is HiKoo Sueno, Color 1150 Plum.

Zauberball Starke 6 is our choice for the self striping yarn. We like the interplay of Color 2170, a blend of seafoam green, mauve, and blue gray.

The scarf is ribbed and doesn’t twist or curl. I like to use my version of a chain stitch edge for this project. The chain stitch edge that I do is a little different than just slipping the first stitch, but it works for me. It is a very tidy edge. I use it along the edges of a heel flap in sock knitting, too.

Let’s call this design “That Really Cool Striped Scarf.” Here are my directions for this striped scarf.

That Really Cool Striped Scarf

Yarn: DK/sport weight in 2 colors —  one self striping, one solid. One or two skeins of each. Buy more if you want a really long scarf. DK weight yarn is usually 220-250 yards per 100 gram skein.

To use Sueno and Starke 6, you will need two skeins of Sueno and one of Starke 6. Starke 6 has 437 yards in a 150 gram ball; Sueno has 255 yards in a 100 gram skein. IF you knit up all the Starke 6, there will be some Sueno left over. (Do the math. 255 x 2 = 510 yards of Sueno. 510 yards of one; 437 yards of another.)

Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm). I like to use a 16″ or 24″ circular. The stitches stay put and there are no needles to lose as I tote this project around.

Size & gauge: None is indicated since a scarf is like a big long swatch. This is a knit one, purl one (1 X 1) ribbing, so it will pull in and be narrower than a stockinette swatch. Get started and then rip back if you want your scarf to be wider or narrower. Knitting doesn’t take that much time and we knitters are flexible folks. But, if you really need some advice, this one will be about 4-6 inches wide. For length, I like narrow scarves to at least wrap around my neck using the European loop, so I would knit it 50-60 inches long.


Using Color 1, cable cast on 39 stitches (or a multiple of 2 plus 1). (Directions for the cable cast-on are a FREE download on the Graywood website.)

Row 1: Knit 1 thru back loop, *purl 1, knit 1,* until 2 stitches remain. End purl 1, yarn forward, slip last stitch as if to purl.

Row 2: Knit 1 thru back loop, * knit 1, purl 1,* until 2 stitches remain. End knit 1, yarn forward, slip as if to purl.

Change to Color 2 by holding Color 1 to the front of the knitting (use your thumb to hold it in place), pick up Color 2 and use it to knit Rows 3 & 4.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Alternate these four rows — two rows of Color 1, then two rows of Color 2 — for the ribbed striped scarf with a chain stitch edge. Always hold the previous yarn to the front of the knitting as you change yarns. Notice that you always begin a row by knitting one stitch through the back loop, and you end a row by bringing the yarn forward and slipping the last stitch as if to purl.

Bind off loosely in ribbing. Work in the ends.

Convert to worsted weight: Use a larger needle, maybe US #9 or 10. Cast on fewer stitches, maybe 29 or 31. Buy at least two skeins of each yarn for a longer scarf.

Since the Starke 6 is a pricey yarn, I would remind you to use the Coupon Code 25BY25 for a 25% discount on your order of $25 or more from our website. This Coupon Code is always active and gives you good opportunity to order from us. Enter the coupon code in the box under the list of items in your cart and click “Apply Coupon.”

I hope “That Really Cool Striped Scarf” becomes a go-to pattern for your knitting enjoyment.

Happy knitting,