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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Panda Scarf

Made with one ball of Eco+ or Ecological wool by Cascade, this scarf will become your winter staple. It knits up really quickly on large needles and only has a one row repeat. 
Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, YO, P2tog

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 8" wide and 96" long lying flat (not including tassels)

Gauge: 16 sts = 4" in st st as given on ball band
Yarn: 250 g (8.8 oz.), 478 yds (437 m) bulky (12 ply) weight wool
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Ecological or Eco+ by Cascade Yarns

10 mm (US 15) straight or circular needles
Other Materials: large crochet hook to attach tassels

See Notes below.


Make tassels ahead of time so you can knit your scarf until you (almost) run out of wool.

The samples shown used 12 x 6.5" long tassels (strands were 13" when unfolded) of 15 strands of wool each. I like to use a standard size hardcover book to measure mine. I make 15-strand bundles, tie a loose knot with them and then set them aside. This way, you have neat, little bunches all ready to attach when your scarf is finished.


Use two strands held together. For the recommended brand, you will have to divide your ball in half - a simple kitchen scale can help make the balls equal, but guessing works just fine and if you have some leftover from one ball you can incorpoarate it into your tassels.

To begin, leave at least a 7" tail to blend into tassels and CO 22 sts (or a multiple of 4 +2).

Set-up: K1, K2, *YO, P2tog, K2*, rep from * to * to last 3 sts, YO, P2tog, P1.

Row 1: Sl 1 kwise, K2, *YO, P2tog, K2*, rep from * to * to last 3 sts, YO, P2tog, P1.

Rep Row 1 only until you have a few yards of yarn remaining for BO (or to desired length).
BO very loosely or use a 12 mm needle.

Use a large crochet hook to attach tassels. Trim ends.


• When working a YO before a purl, wrap the yarn all the way around the right needle and then from back to front between the needles so you are in position to purl. You should be increasing a st when you do this and leaving a little hole.
• Slipping the first st kwise and purling the last st makes a nice edge, but don't pull these sts too tight - give a little tug down at the end of each row.