Set the Tone scarf
Set The Tone isn’t your average stripy scarf. Where others simply alternate colours, Set The Tone gets stuck in with lace, short rows, and squishy garter stitch to create a scarf that’s both fun to knit and cosy to wear. It’s a playground of techniques and colour; perfect for an intermediate knitter looking to try new things.
The scarf is constructed from triangular slices, meaning there are almost endless ways to use colour. Using two contrasting yarns, as in thesample, gives you a colourblock classic. Or, if you’re feeling bold, you can crack out the mini skeins and leftover yarn balls for a technicolour dream where each slice is different.
Either way, it’s a great stashbuster; the simple lace pattern and panels of garter stitch mean both variegated and solid yarns really get to show their stuff.
Set The Tone is knitted in 4ply yarn, and is sized to fit on standard 30cm single pointed needles, but you can use circular needles if you prefer. The final scarf is wide enough to wear as a wrap, but lightweight enough to be folded over and worn as a scarf without any bulk.
The pattern uses German short rows to shape the triangular slices. If you’re not familiar with them, German short rows will change your knitting game; they’re deceptively easy and look fantastic. Liz Corke has an excellent tutorial on how to work German short rows (linked in the pattern) which I recommend you look at before getting started.
The 4 stitch, 8 row lace pattern repeat is charted and fully written out, so if you’ve never worked lace and short rows together before, it’s as easy as can be.
Suggested yarn: 120g/420m of 4ply (fingering weight) yarn in colour A, and 120g/420m of 4ply (fingering weight) yarn in colour B. Sample uses Hiddleston 4ply from Mr B yarns in Hunter and Beachcomber (green version) and Seaglass and That Touch of Mink (aqua and mink version) (425m per 100g skein)
If you’re doing a multi-coloured version, then each triangular slice uses around 10g (42m) of 4ply (fingering weight) yarn. The slice construction means it’s easy to make your scarf as long or short as you wish, depending on how much yarn you have.
Suggested needles (and notions): 4mm (US size 6) single pointed needles.
Gauge: 24st and 35 rows to 10cm (4in), measured over garter stitch, knitted flat.
Finished size: The length of the scarf is fully customisable based on how many repeats of the slice sequence you work. To give an indication of size, the sample measures 40cm by 182cm (16in by 72.75in) and repeats the sequence five times.