Aran Scarf Pattern

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I finished! I knit so slowly that a simple project such as a scarf takes me so long. But I pushed through and completed this project last night in time to block it overnight.

Aran scarf I created to practice stitches made from a luscious Plymouth Brand Mushishi wool and silk worsted weight yarn

Scarf I designed to practice Aran stitches. Made from a luscious Plymouth Brand Mushishi in the Oceanic colorway, 95% wool and 5% silk worsted weight yarn

About the Pattern

I created this pattern after being inspired by a lovely lady named Charlotte who is an expert Aran knitter. Here is my initial post on our visit and how I created this design. I wrote it out the best way visually for me to follow (with my cognitive difficulties). I am sharing what I did; please know that I am not a pattern designer, just someone who loves to knit. This might not work for you. I have a friend who rewrites patterns for herself in a way that is best for her. Here is what I did in a nutshell for the main part of the scarf after casting on and making the bottom edge:

Right-side (RS) row directions: Slip first stitch off knitwise, Knit 1, purl 2, knit cable stitch pattern (6 stitches), purl 2, knit Tree of Life pattern (20 stitches), purl 2, knit cable stitch pattern (6 stitches), purl 2 and knit 2 for a total of 44 stitches.

Wrong-side (WS) row directions: Slip first stitch off purlwise, purl 1, knit 2, knit cable stitch pattern (purl 6), knit 2, knit Tree of Life pattern (20 stitches), knit 2, knit cable stitch pattern (purl 6), knit 2 and purl 2 for a total of 44 stitches.

The 2 knit stitches create a nice edge that does NOT roll if you slip the first stitch in each row, slip knitwise for RS rows and purlwise for WS rows.

When you complete each row of cables and Tree of Life, place a check-mark beside that row. I highlighted RS rows in yellow and left WS rows white for ease in keeping tracking with my eyes.

Simple Aran scarf I designed with first repetition completed and the second begun

Simple Aran scarf I designed with first repetition completed and the second begun

Aran Scarf Pattern

Finished size: 6 inches wide by 72 inches long, not including fringe.

You will need:
1 hank Plymouth Brand Mushishi – 491 yards or equal amount of worsted weight yarn
1 pair straight US 6 or 7 needles OR US 6 or 7 circular needles with cord length of your choice
Cable needle or hook
Crochet hook
Cardboard or quilting ruler 6.5″ wide for making fringe
Sharp scissors

Cast on 44 stitches using cable cast-on.

Bottom edge:
Purl 2 rows.
Knit 1 row.

You will now knit using the following pattern:

RS Row 1: Sl1k, k1, p2, Cable Pattern 6 sts, p2, Tree of Life 20 sts, p2, Cable Pattern 6 sts, p2, k2.

WS Row 2: Sl1p, p1, k2, Cable Pattern 6 sts, k2, Tree of Life 20 sts, k2, Cable Pattern 6 sts, k2, p2.

1st Cable Pattern (knit only one time before switching to “Subsequent” repeats below). Remember to purl 2 (RS) or knit 2 (WS) between cables and Tree of life. pattern.
___Row 1: k6
___Row 2: p6
___Row 3: C6B
___Row 4: p6
___Row 5: k6
___Row 6: p6
___Row 7: k6
___Row 8: p6

Tree of Life #2 (no straight line edge) 20 stitches

___Row 1: p8, C4B, p8
___Row 2: k8, p4, k8
___Row 3: p6, C4B, C4F, p6
___Row 4: k6, p2, k4, p2, k6
___Row 5: p4, C4B, p4, C4F, p4
___Row 6: k4, p2, k8, p2, k4
___Row 7: p2, C4B, p8, C4F, p2
___Row 8: k2, p2, k12, p2, k2

1st Cable Pattern
___Row 1: k6
___Row 2: p6
___Row 3: C6B
___Row 4: p6
___Row 5: k6
___Row 6: p6
___Row 7: k6
___Row 8: p6

Subsequent Rows to check off. Note that the Tree of Life is an 8-row repeat and the cable is a 6-row repeat. They will complete at the same time every four repeats. This is why I created print-outs that I can check off.

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Subsequent Cable Pattern – Remember to purl 2 (RS) and knit 2 (WS) between cables and Tree of Life.
________Row 1: C6B
________Row 2 p6
________Row 3: k6
________Row 4 p6
________Row 5: k6
________Row 6: p6

Tree of Life #2 (no straight line edge) 20 stitches

________Row 1: p8, C4B, p8
________Row 2: k8, p4, k8
________Row 3: p6, C4B, C4F, p6
________Row 4: k6, p2, k4, p2, k6
________Row 5: p4, C4B, p4, C4F, p4
________Row 6: k4, p2, k8, p2, k4
________Row 7: p2, C4B, p8, C4F, p2
________Row 8: k2, p2, k12, p2, k2

Subsequent Cable Pattern
________Row 1: C6B
________Row 2 p6
________Row 3: k6
________Row 4 p6
________Row 5: k6
________Row 6: p6

Copyright 2014 Michele Haynes. All Rights Reserved. May print out for personal use only.

Copyright 2014 Michele Haynes. All Rights Reserved. May print out for personal use only.


Knit 48 repetitions of the Tree of Life or until you are almost out of yarn, when your scarf is approximately 68-72 inches long, completing one final Tree of Life design and cables at the same time along with 3 rows of purl stitches.

Fringe

6-inch fringe: Wrap yarn loosely around cardboard, or other flat object, that is approximately 6.5 inches wide and cut along bottom. I ended up with 72 lengths of yarn. Lining up 2 strands of yarn together, draw through end stitches 18 times, or approximately every 2.5 stitches, using a crochet hook. I eyeballed it and it turned out fine. If you are super Type A, calculate fringe and stitches. If you need additional help on figuring out fringe, just do an internet search for directions. There are also plenty of video tutorials on YouTube.

Block Work

Do not skip this step. I laid scarf folded in half on my glass kitchen table spread out into a slight V. I then sprinkled it with cold water until it was moist, pressing down, stretching sides as necessary to make it straight; I didn’t need to pin it. I straightened the fringe out and let the scarf sit overnight. It was dry in the morning and stays flat and looks so nice now. If you used a hand-dyed yarn, you might want to give it a complete hand wash to remove excess dye, then block it.

Pattern Abbreviation Key

C4B – place 2 stitches on a cable needle or hook and hold in back; knit next two stitches, then knit the two stitches from cable needle
C4F – place 2 stitches on a cable needle or hook and hold in front; knit next two stitches, then knit the two stitches from cable needle
C6B – place 3 stitches on a cable needle or hook and hold in back; knit next three stitches, then knit the three stitches from cable needle
RS – right side of work; you see more purl stitches and Tree of Life and Cable patterns are visible
WS – wrong side of work; you see more knit stitches and pattern is not visible
p# – purl a certain number of stitches; i.e., p6 means purl 6 stitches
k# – knit a certain number of stitches; i.e., k6 means knit 6 stitches
Sl1k/Sl1p – slip 1 knitwise for a right-side row, and slip 1 purlwise for a wrong-side row.

© Aran Scarf Pattern is Copyrighted by Michele Haynes 2014. All Rights Reserved. Visitors to this blog have permission to knit for yourself, as gifts and to sell (completed scarf). Pattern may not be redistributed, copied or sold. Please refer people to this blog should they want a copy of the pattern. Thank you for being honorable knitters.

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