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Quintessential Fade Scarf

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An analysis of the name: Quint means five. Essential means necessary. Fade means gradually growing fainter. Knit in your favourite colour, this scarf will become an essential part of your wardrobe. The colours are combined so that the fade appears in five different ways in this scarf. Can you find them all? (Answers are in the pattern.)

This scarf is fully reversible and suitable for a beginner knitter. Relax and let your beautiful colours of yarn do all the work with this easy-to-memorize pattern (every row is the same!). This pattern is adjustable in size, yarn weight and number of colours used.

Are you like me? I am transfixed by the beauty of gradient sets and awed that yarn dyers could put together such perfectly & delicately balanced colours. I find their effect very calming. The Quintessential Fade transforms the mesmerizing effect of yarn gradients into a gorgeous fabric that you wear!


Yarn: 6 half skeins of DK yarn in different colours; 137 y/ 125 m each

Needles: 4 mm/ US #5 circular needles 60 in/ 150 cm

Gauge: 19 st and 50 rows to 4 in/ 10 cm in garter stitch

Finished Size: 6 x 77 in/ 15 x 196 cm; adjustable

Notions: 12 stitch markers, 1 removable stitch marker, crochet hook

Yarn Usage: 620 yd/ 567 m in total. Approximately equal usage for each colour.

Recommended Yarn: Marianated Yarns Scrumptious Playtime DK Half Skein; The Rock Quarry Set


Use fingering or worsted yarns for a slight narrower/wider scarf. Length is adjustable. Add a 7th colour for additional width.

Both monochromatic and colour shifting gradients work well (please see the kits offered for ideas) or create your own unique combination from stash.

Photography: Julie Crawford

Tech editor: Kate Atherley

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