Rock River Scarf

Rock River Scarf

Long mindless knits are sometimes the best thing, and that's where the Rock River Scarf was born. Long rows of texture remind me of river pebbles and the way water runs over them, giving the name Rock River.

This asymmetrical scarf features a trapezoid shape, starting at the shorter side. Working increases on either edge allow it grow, turning it into a wonderful piece fit for layering, or tying around your neck when needed (thank you skinny points!).


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Now for the fun part! The pattern!

Size: One Size, but easily adjustable
Finished Measurements: 72" / 183 cm long at the widest point
Recommended Yarn: Brown Sheep Co Prairie Spun DK
Yardage: 2 skeins or ~ 500 yards / 457 m
Suggested Needles: US7 / 4.5 mm 32" or longer circular needles
Other Notions: Darning needle, scissors
Gauge: 8.5 sts x 17 rows = 2"/ 5 cm in pattern



CO - cast on
Inc'd - increased
k - knit
M1L - make 1 st left ; 1 st inc'd
M1R - make 1 st right ; 1 st inc'd
p - purl
RS - right side
Sl1wyib - slip 1 st with yarn in back
Sl1wyif - slip 1 st with yarn in front
St(s) - stitch(es)
WS - wrong side

German Twisted Cast On

Icelandic Bind Off


Other notes: 

Yardage is based on the pattern as written. Working 7 full repeats or more will require more yarn

Want to make the scarf longer? Pattern is written as a multiple of 2+3

For blocking I recommend using blocking wires. This helps get the most of out your piece and prevents waving sides from blocking pins.


Pattern will be worked back and forth, turning work after each row

Using the German Twisted Cast On Method, CO 199 sts, turn

Set up rows:

Row 1 (WS): knit
Row 2 (RS): k1, M1R, k til 1 remains, M1L, k1 (201 sts)
Row 3: k all
Row 4: As row 2 (203 sts)
Row 5: k2, p til 2 remain, k2
Row 6: As Row 2 (205 sts)

Pattern Repeat:

(Work rows 1-14 6 times total, then work rows 1-12 once more) 

Slip stitch pattern: (2 sts inc’d)

Row 1 (WS): k3, [sl1wyib, k1] until 2 remain; k2
Row 2 (RS): k1, M1R, p1, [sl1wyif, p1] until 1 remains; M1L, k1 ; 2 sts inc’d
Row 3: k2, sl1wyib, [k1, sl1wyib] until 2 remain; k2 

Stockinette pattern: (6 sts inc’d)

Row 4 (RS): k1, M1R, k til 1 remains, M1L, k1 ; 2 sts inc’d
Row 5: k2, p til 2 remain, k2
Row 6: as row 4 ; 2 sts inc’d
Row 7: as row 5
Row 8: as row 4 ; 2 sts inc’d 

Garter Row:

Row 9 (WS): knit all

Stockinette pattern 2: (6 sts inc’d)

Rows 10-14: repeat Rows 4-8

Stitch counts
Repeat 1: 219 sts
Repeat 2: 233 sts
Repeat 3: 247 sts
Repeat 4: 261 sts
Repeat 5: 275 sts
Repeat 6: 289 sts
Work rows 1-12 once more: 301 sts


Next Row (WS): Knit all
Next Row: K1, M1R, k til 1 remains, M1L, k1 (2 sts inc’d ; 303 sts)
Next Row: K all

Bind off using stretchy bind off of choice. I used the Icelandic Bind Off. Weave in ends and block as desired.

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