Metalheavy's Knits
Stranded Sheep Scarf 
27th-May-2011 02:34 pm
winger.

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About:
This scarf was loosely inspired by a scarf from Chloe. After trying to recreate the Chloe pattern and failing miserably, I decided to make up my own pattern instead. The scarf is knit in the round, blocked flat, and the fringe is added on to close up the tube.

Finished Measurements:
97" x 4.5" (flattened)
Make it longer or shorter by adjusting the number of chart repeats. Make it wider by adding in more sheep repeats or adjusting the number of stitches between each sheep.

Materials:
- 1 set of 5 double pointed needles in size US 6
- 4 hanks Cascade Yarns 220 Sport in Walnut Heather (A)
- 2 hanks Cascade Yarns 220 Sport in Natural (B)
- 1 hank Cascade Yarns 220 Sport in Black (C) *Optional, for adding in black sheep where desired*
All yarns listed are 164 yards per hank, sport weight
- Stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
- Small crochet hook
- Something to wrap yarn around for fringe (see video)
- Scissors

Gauge:
Stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking.
27 sts x 28 rows = 4 in x 4 in
This is a bit of a rough estimate, I knit rather tightly when doing stranded work on DPNS, so I highly recommended testing the chart in the round first to see what will work best for you.

Notes:
- I would recommend using a blockable fiber for this project. I intended for this scarf to be blocked flat and look like a two sided flat scarf (similar to double knitting) instead of being a tube scarf. I always have terrible luck with double knitting, but there's no reason it can't be double knit.
- When carrying yarn across, be sure not to twist in the same places on each row.
- I only added in two black sheep, each in the same row of sheep, so that there would be one on each side of the scarf.
- The black sheep are added in the same way the white sheep are done, just carry the black yarn all the way around with the white yarn. Duplicate stitch would also work if you're so inclined.

Chart One:
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Chart Two:
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Want to change the width?:
- The directions below are for my scarf dimensions. If you want to make the scarf wider, you need to cast on a multiple of 16 stitches, making sure that your multiple will amount in an even number of sheep. An odd number of sheep going around will result in weird placement when blocked.

Scarf Pattern:
- Cast on 64 stitches in color A, putting 16 stitches on each needle, and join in the round. Place a stitch marker on the first needle to mark the beginning of the row. You'll be knitting 3 repeats of the sheep pattern.
- Begin knitting chart one (sheep in color B or C) and continue until your scarf is half your desired length. Be sure to end on row 24 or row 48.
- Switch to chart two for the second half of the scarf. If you ended on row 24 on chart one, start with row 41 on chart two. If you ended with row 48 on chart one, start with row 17 on chart two.
- Knit equal sheep patterns on each side of the scarf. My scarf has 26 rows of finished sheep total, 13 in one direction and 13 in the other.
- When you're finished knitting your last row of sheep, end with row 24 or row 48.
- Bind-off.

Finishing:
- Weave in ends using the tapestry needle.
- Block the scarf flat. The sheep should align up exactly like on the charts if you followed the pattern.
- An easy way to block may be to run a string through the tube on both sides and then pin the ends of the string taut to get a more even edge. I pinned mine down the edges and it came out a little bumpy.
- Now it's time to add the fringe (color A). Here is the video that I used to make my fringe. I only did one strand of yarn instead of the three strands shown in the video. To close the tube, I went through both sides of the scarf.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me here on LJ (metalheavy ) or at ravelry (metalheavy).
Comments 
21st-Jun-2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I just came across your pattern on tumblr and I just had to tell you how amazing it is! I just love it! Thank you for making it free!!
14th-Jul-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I love this...but don't know how to knit. Learning to crochet...can one convert a knit pattern to crochet???
14th-Jul-2012 11:27 am (UTC)
You could most likely convert this to a crochet pattern, you might try looking up how to do colorwork charts in crochet. I've never crocheted before, so I can't help you personally, but I have seen charts done in crochet. I'm not sure if the shape of the sheep would transfer perfectly though, it might be something you have to experiment with.

I'd recommend you ask about the best way to crochet a chart over on the ravelry forum, you can get much better answers from other crocheters.
17th-Jul-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
This is wonderful! My four brothers have ties like this in green. They all wore them to our parents funerals. Since only one of them wears a tie to work, I think I know what I will make them for Christmas so they can be black sheep more often. Thanks for the pattern!
18th-Jul-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I really like your scarf. will I be able to knit this on circulars? I am thinking just put 2 sheep on each needle, yes?
19th-Jul-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Hi, I tried doing this on a circ using the single loop method, but it was way too tight for me. If you can use single loop or magic loop comfortably though, there's no reason it can't be done on a circ.
21st-Jul-2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Anonymous
wow!!!! thanks for putting this pattern on for free,living in the country,it will fill a couple of christmas stockings.thanks again.
22nd-Jan-2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Really cute pattern. I can't wait to knit this scarf. Thank you for posting it for free!

Sherry
24th-Jan-2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this
matter to be really something that I think I would
never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for
me. I am looking forward for your next post,
I'll try to get the hang of it!
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