There once was a girl who found herself holding some of the most beautiful skeins of yarn she had ever beheld. They were colorfully vibrant. They were self-striping. They were downright electric!
Little did she know that they were the skeins that loved to be frogged.
This yarn had a desperate desire to spend its existance as a pretty little pile of yarn spaghetti!
And can you really blame it??
Well she did.
But it WAS a pretty little pile of colorful yarn squiggles.
But it also would not conquer her.
She refused to be intimidated!
And so she frogged. And frogged again. And maybe another time or two or three.
At long last, she had it!
Two skeins. Maximizing not only the yarn, but also that gorgeous full skein striping transition. Full sized scarf. Mitered rows.
Who knew this would be so much of a challenge!?
Sometimes challenges are fun. But sometimes, you don't want to have to think about things so hard and you just want to have a fun, easy make, right?
That's where YOU win in this story. Because all that frogging is already done for you!
This mitered scarf is worked in a narrow strip of about three inches using simple stitches until you're close to your desired length (and not quite through your first skein of yarn).
Then you begin adding width with mitered rows, reversing color order when you add on the second skein if you choose, to create a dynamic yet simple scarf that really pops when working with color transitioning yarns!
It features two skeins of Uneek Worsted by Urth Yarns and the sample was worked with colorway 4024. I got mine from Yarn Matters, which is where you'll be able to find this original sample on display during the 2023 James River Yarn Crawl!
There was just enough yarn leftover, too, to crochet a little flower that I added onto a braided leather bracelet:
You can find the pattern for the flower right here on my website for free or you can download a pdf via Ravelry. All you need to do differently is use the same hook size you used for the scarf! Otherwise it works up exactly the same (except easier to see what you're doing) as the thread crochet version.
It also makes a fun accessory to add onto the scarf itself!
So let's get into the details, shall we?
STITCHES & TECHNIQUES (browse video tutorials here):
Foundation single crochet (optional)
Chainless double crochet (optional)
Mitered rows (detailed instructions given in pattern)
Rows 1–12 should measure about 3.25” (8 cm) wide by 4” (10 cm) tall, unblocked.
Gauge is not critical for this project, but I did design it to maximize the yardage (and striping) in two skeins of yarn, so be mindful of that when making yarn substitutions!
Finished measurements after blocking = 6” (15 cm) wide by 76” (193 cm) long.
Here's my cute little swatch! (Like the 19th one after changing the stitch count again and again!)
Uneek Worsted by Urth in colorway 4024 (100 g, 220 yds [200 m]), worsted weight (4: medium) yarn, 100% extrafine superwash merino, 2 skeins
H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
If you're feeling frisky and you want to modify the size or substitute a different yarn I'm all about it, but do keep in mind that it may change the yardage requirements!
If you want to do this with a fingering weight yarn instead, for example, you'll have to work additional rows before beginning the mitered rows, so I would recommend expecting to either need more yarn or to end up doing fewer mitered rows. It will also be narrower!
Unless, of course, you add additional stitches to your starting row, which is always an option. Just get more yarn!
Otherwise, I hope you have fun with it! It really is a pretty simple pattern - so long as you're not trying to sort out the maths in order to maximize your yardage! How about you? What yarn are you excited to try this with? Grab your copy of the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy and drop into the comments below to let me know what yarn you plan to use!
And don't forget to delight in the wildflowers, even if you have to squint in the sun to do it. :)