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Rínce Fada

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Rínce Fada (rink-a fa-da), literally “long dance” in Irish, is a progressive céilí (kay-lee) dance where couples work their way along a column in jig time. The name leapt out at me when I was playing with cables and double-knitting and the word dance. When I turned the letters 90 degrees, my thought was “that will be so long!” Light bulb moment! And of course, length works well for what? Scarves!

This pattern is meant for knitters with some experience with double-knitting and chart reading. That being said, I've included tips in the note section that may help an adventurous knitter with no double-knitting experience but who can knit from charts to knit this scarf.

The charts may look a bit strange. I've employed a technique called ‘extreme  double-knitting’ which keeps motifs like letters and treble clefs completely reversible, and most importantly readable. Trust in the charts; your scarf really will come out similar to the photos.

Tie up your ghillies (gill-ease), grab two of your dance school's colors (or your favorite colors), and join me in Rínce Fada!

Size: one but there is a section you can easily adjust the length by working more or less repeats. If you decide to work more repeats you will require more yarn than the amount listed.

Measurements: 70.5”/176.25 cm long & 8.25”/20.6 cm wide

Gauge: in double-knitting colorwork*, 27.5 sts & 39 rows = 4”/10 cm 
*keep in mind when measuring double-knitting that you're only counting the sts visible on one side, so you will actually have double the amount of sts in the actual knitting


  • 770 yds/704 m fingering weight wool for MC (sample shown with Knit Picks Palette (100% wool, 231 yds/211 m = 50g) in “macaw” (bright green))
  • 770 yds/704 m fingering weight wool for CC (sample shown with Knit Picks Palette (100% wool, 231 yds/211 m = 50g) in “majestic” (purple))
  • 3.0 mm/ US 2.5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, to knit flat
  • 2 cable needles
  • tapestry needle
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