Dancing Circles Reversible Scarf


For the skill-hungry knitter, four different techniques combine for an astounding scarf greater than the sum of its parts. Two-colour marling contrasts with double knitted motifs, bracketed by intarsia i-cord edging. Top it off with mirrored ombre colour changes and you have a playground of new skills any knitter would be proud to master. The Dancing Circles Reversible Scarf is knit flat. Most of the scarf is knit in garter with two colours held double for a marl effect, with circle motifs throughout created with double knitting. Simple i-cord edging gets added flair from basic intarsia. Pattern includes links to video tutorials for all techniques. This is a perfect introduction to both intarsia and double knitting. You will barely realize you are learning new techniques as they are simple and such a tiny part of this piece, you will think of them as just another instruction. This pattern was originally published in KnitPicks in October 2017.

Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2019-01-21
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) MagdaMakes
Spots available 6
Gauge 16 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm (4”) over pattern with yarn held double, blocked (though gauge does not change significantly after blocking). Getting exact gauge is not essential for this pattern.
Charted or written pattern Both
Sizes required one size
Skills required

Videos are provided for the techniques. provisional crochet cast-on i-cord (cast-on, selvedge and bind-off) double knitting (this is a great introduction) intarsia (this is a great introduction)

Finished measurements

15 cm (6”) wide x 155 cm (61”) long

Construction type Start with a provisional cast-on, work i-cord. The scarf is knit back and forth with integrated i-cord edging. An i-cord bind-off finshes the the project off.
Required or recommended yarn Worsted weight, 5 colours in a gradual gradient (lightest and darkest, 50 g/ middle three, 100 g). There should not be a big difference between any two adjacent colours. If you look at the images from the Knit Picks version, there is too strong a contract between colours A and B. (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dancing-circles-reversible-scarf)
Tools required
  • 6 mm (US10) straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • yarn needle
  • scrap yarn (for provisional crochet cast-on) crochet hook approximately the same size as knitting needle used
  • yarn stranding guide (optional)
Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the tester
  • Scarf finished, photographed and project posted on Ravelry with details filled in by the final deadline
  • Test knitter questionnaire completed by the final deadline.
  • Regular (weekly) check-ins.
  • Permission to share photos, comments made in project page and in the questionnaire in the following: the pattern itself, pattern page, on Social Media and in marketing materials.
  • Please read the pattern carefully and report any errors, anything confusing, any improvements you would like to see or anything that is missing. Follow the pattern exactly as written.
  • Do not make any alterations (except needle size to get gauge), unless you have cleared it with me beforehand. I am fairly flexible with this pattern, just ask!
  • Please assume that if you are having trouble (wrong stitch count, etc.) that it is the pattern, not you. Ask me about it. While the pattern has been carefully edited by me and two tech editors, please let me know if you see any of the following: typos, incorrect stitch counts, incorrect numbering/symbols/instructions, incorrect punctuation or grammar, incorrect or inconsistent abbreviations, or instructions, etc., or if anything is unclear or could be stated better.
Rewards from the designer
  • My heartfelt appreciation.
  • Your name and photos of your project featured on some or all of the following: my pattern page, website, blog, FB group, Pinterest, social media and newsletter.
  • Final copy of this pattern in your Ravelry library.
  • A copy of any other of my independently published patterns.
  • A copy of this pattern gifted to a friend.

The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2018-12-31: Cast-on and section 1
2019-01-06: Sections 2-3
2019-01-12: Sections 4-5
2019-01-18: Sections 6-7
2019-01-21: Completed project, photos and questionnaire



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