Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Free Pattern: Seaweed Stole/Scarf !!!

I'll have more pictures of this coming in a later post. Since I do not have the software to do a pdf file I'm going to keep pictures to a minimum for ease of printing.

The idea for this stole originated with a kayak trip. This past August my brother and I went for a 4 1/2 hr kayak trip. I didn't have a waterproof container for my camera so wasn't able to take it along, although later wished I had been able to. The scenery was stunning along the way! It was a beautiful day for kayaking; sunny, not too hot, and with a gentle breeze. While we were gliding down the river I noticed the seaweed (not sure what the technical term is, we'll just call it seaweed) that was streaming along with the river's current. It had tall, long-ish leaves, and all sorts of beautiful colors. Right away I thought it would be wonderful to dye some yarn in those colors. The main colors were shades of green, yellow, chartreuse, and a mauve-ish pink.
Next day I had the opportunity to over-dye a skein of my handspun yarn in the exact colors. I was so pleased with the results that I decided to design a pattern that went with my seaweed theme. This pattern is perfect because the waves in the design reflect not only the movement of water, but also the graceful motion of the seaweed as it ripples in the water.
I hope you enjoy knitting this as much as I did!

Yarn: Approx 300 yards of light-worsted or DK weight yarn
Needles: Size US#7 straights
Before blocking, 39"x9 1/2'
After blocking, (pinned measurements) 59" x 11"
k2tog= knit two stitches together as one.
yo= yarn over needle
Notes: Pattern repeat is worked over a multiple of 18 stitches, plus 1 selvage stitch on each edge.
Stole can be made wider by adding more stitch repeats.
Seaweed Stole/Scarf:
Cast on 56 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit 1*, k2tog, three times, (yo, knit 1) six times, k2tog, three times. Repeat from * to one stitch before end, knit 1.
Row 4: Knit
Repeat these 4 rows until stole measure approximately 39" long, or until you have just enough yarn to bind off.
Bind off.
Wet block stole according to finished measurements.


I would love to hear your comments, and also see any photos of your finished Seaweed Stole!
If you have questions please leave a comment below.


  1. That is a gorgeous stole and the colours are absolutely stunning!

  2. Lovely! The first st in row 3 is a border/selvedge st and not part of the repeat, is that correct? If so, perhaps some parentheses around the repeat would help clarify.

  3. Yes, the first stitch of row three is a border/selvage stitch. I had that in the pattern notes but didn't realize I hadn't clarified that in the pattern. Thank you for pointing that out!

  4. In response to an anonymous question: Yes, the stitch pattern I used in my design is the feather & fan stitch.

  5. Hi Beautiful scarf by the way! Though I did want to bring up while I was first trying to knit this scarf that I found it a little confusing on line 3. So I retyped it up figuring that perhaps it may be a bit easier to understand :)

    Row 3: K1, *3 k2tog, 6(yo1, knit 1) 3 k2tog, repeating from * three times, K1.

    Anyways when I get done with the scarf I will be sure to send a pic! Thanks for the wonderful pattern ^_^

    ~Knitting Newbie

  6. This stole pattern is just what I was looking for - I bought ten balls of a lovely dusty pink cotton yarn in the sales at my favourite local yarn shop.

    I found your blog via the knitting pattern website where you have posted a link, and I am enjoying finding new knitting enthusiasts to befriend (hopefully).

  7. Hi Holly - I have made a start on this stole, and it is a lovely pattern - I'm really enjoying knitting it.

  8. And now I have bought two more yarns - one a collinnette ribbon and the other a mohair - both in shades of turquoise, and I'm going to do this stole again in stripes of these two yarns.

    I shouldn't have bought them really - I recently got all my yarns together and made a list of them, and despite taking a bagful to the charity shop, the list still ran to 4 pages - but these turquoise yarns were too lovely to resist. As were the purply-pink yarns and the jade yarn that I bought last weekend.....

    No wonder my husband despairs of me!

  9. Beautiful! What yarn brand would you suggest? As I don't have any cool handmade yarn. :)

    1. Thank you Rachel!

      Hmm, yarn suggestions? Let me see...
      Have you ever bought yarn through ? They have some very nice DK weight yarns that I am sure would work well for this pattern.
      City Tweed DK yarn, Swish DK yarn, Gloss DK yarn, and Capra Cashmere yarn would probably all be good choices. Of the four I have only knit with City Tweed, which I absolutely loved!
      If your are not keen on ordering yarn you could always visit a yarn shop near you and inquire about their line of DK weight yarns. Basically you want something that will be soft around your neck, and still have the nice drape a scarf needs. Most yarns that are soft will drape anyhow, so that shouldn't be a problem. I hope this helps! I'd love to see pictures of your finished scarf! :)

  10. HI
    I have never made a ripple scarf. According to your instructions, if I want to make it wider, I need to add an additional 18 stitches. Is that correct? Thanks!

  11. Hello and thank you so much, this pattern looks beautiful and the colours you have used really complement it. I love natural designs and colours so this is just perfect. I am new to knitting blogs and online groups and am amazed how much information there is and at the wonderful designs people share. One day I hope to be able to design my own patterns and share in return. with best wishes from the english countryside, now a land of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness' as we slip into autumn x

    1. Thank you for your beautiful comment! I hope your knitting adventure is going well!

  12. I'm going to give this pattern a try. I enjoy your blog; and if it's not KJV, it just doesn't sound right.
    Evelyn aka Tyrrell on Ravelry

  13. Yes, the pattern is worked in 18 stitch repeats. Increasing the repeats will increase the overall width of your scarf or stole.

  14. Holly,
    Love this pattern and your blog! I am getting ready to travel to Sydney, AU, where it will be winter. Living in Fl, I do not have too many warm scarfs, so this will be great! I'll be there for two months, so plan on doing lots of knitting. I'll post the scarf on Ravelry, once it is finished!

    1. Exciting! I'll be looking for your finished scarf.

  15. What a lovely design! I want to give this a try.


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