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Dec022008

Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

This Easy Mistake Stitch scarf is made with Jade Sapphire's gorgeous 12-ply cashmere in color "Green Tea". If you know how to knit and purl you can make this scarf! Mistake Stitch creates a deep and lofty rib that looks like so much more work than it actually is.

If you're curious about the orange scarf on the right, you can find the complete instructions at this link:

Materials

Gauge

4.5 stitches per inch in rib pattern, slightly stretched

Finished Measurements

48-inches long by approximately 8-inches wide

Pattern Note

Mistake rib is a multiple of 4+3

The Pattern

Cast on 39 stitches.

K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.

Repeat this row. That's it!

Sew in ends, wash gently by hand, block and let air dry.

Reader Comments (122)

Hi Suan-

We are not familiar with that yarn so you will need to do a swatch in the stitch pattern. From there you can determine how many stitches you are getting per inch and then determine how many to cast on. Just be sure to cast on a number that is a multiple of 4 plus 3 for both your swatch and the final scarf.

You can follow the pattern as written, no need to slip the first stitch.

Thank you!

Molly
December 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, This is my first attempt at knitting and it's going well apart from some of the purl stitches on the edge looking a bit loose, baggy and messy. How can I stop this happening? Many thanks
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlpie
Hi Carlpie-
You can slip the first stitch of every row as if to knit and it should help the edges. Count the slipped stitch as a K1. Work row as follows: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit, k1, p2. *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches. K2, p1.
Thank you!
Molly
December 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello, I love the look of the scarf pattern. I am from the UK but am in Saudi Arabia and no shops nearby for wool etc. I did bring back with me 2 large balls of James Brett Marble Chunky,think it is 200 grams each ball and also 3 balls of Robin Paintbox double knitting wool, total 300 grams. The needles I have with me are 1 pair 12mm, 1 pair 4 mm and 1 pair of 5mm. Can I knit this scarf using any of these wools? what would you recommend? many thanks for your advice. Annie Dunn
January 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Dunn
Hi Annie-

We aren't familiar with the yarns you list but you can do a few swatches to figure out what yarn and needle combination gets you closest to the gauge listed in the pattern. It doesn't have to be exact since this is a scarf and doesn't have to fit like a sweater would.

Thank you for getting in touch!

Molly
January 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi this looks like an amazing project ..
Is this scarfs for a male or female?
Also I am using metric needles, please confirm needle size in metric...
Thank you !
January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShama
Hi Shama-

This scarf is unisex, it works for both men and women! It uses an 8mm needle.

Thank you!

Molly
January 8, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi.

I have a very serious question. I have made this scarf and it is gorgeous. But I can't cast off. I read your comments and you tried to address it, maybe I am just stupid. I am trying doing it in pattern. But it just looks wider than the other end. Maybe because I am not a professional knitter and only do it on and off for my own projects, could you please tell me what I am doing wrong?

For last row I take two loops on my right needle, knit once, put one loop back on the left needle, knit again with double loops, then do purl twice, then knit twice, and then when I have nothing left, it is as wide as can be with no pattern whatsoever. Maybe I am not casting off properly. I really want this scarf to be perfect as a finished product, not just look nice on my needles.

Thank you for your great ideas on this website.
January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShirin
Hi Shirin-

Yes, you are casting off incorrectly. Here is a step by step guide on how to cast off in this pattern:

K2, Pass the first knit stitch on your right needle over the second stitch and off the needle, * P1, Pass the first stitch on your right needle over the second and off the needle, P1, Pass the first stitch on your right needle over the second and off the needle, K1, Pass the first stitch on your right needle over the second and off the needle, K1, Pass the first stitch on your right needle over the second and off the needle, Repeat from * until the last stitch, K1, Pass the first stitch on your right needle over the second and off the needle.

I hope this helps! Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
January 13, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to do this mistake stitch scarf. My 1st question: I bought 100% merino wool from a lady who has her sheeps and makes her own wool. It is a 3 ply, 300 yd. that makes 21 st/30 rows, 4 inc., she told me to take 5mm needles for a scarf. How many stitches should I cast on, I would like it to be 6 inches wide? 2nd question:The pattern says to cast on 39 stitches but does not say wich kind of cast on. I read the January 13, 2014 question regarding casting off. When you replied to cast off in ribbing, should we CAST ON in ribbing also to make it look the same at both ends? Thank you for your help, appreciate your explanations, anxious to start the scarf.
February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolle Robinson
Hi Caroline-

You will have to do a swatch in pattern to determine how many stitches to cast on. Once you figure out how many stitches you are getting per inch in this pattern you can then multiply that number by 6, since you want the finished scarf to be 6 inches, then round that number to the nearest multiple of 4 plus 3 and that's how many you should cast on.

For example: let's say you're getting 5 stitches per inch in the stitch pattern. 5 X 6= 30 rounded to a multiple of 4 gets you to 32 and then you add 3= 35 to cast on. If this is too confusing just let us know how many stitches per inch you're getting and we'll be happy to do the math!

We recommend using a basic long tail cast on for this project.

Thanks for your questions!

Molly
February 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
First, I would really like to say how awesome and helpful your website has been. I basically knit while watching your tutorial videos. I absolutely love this scarf, but would like to add a huge button to it. How would you recommend making a button hole for this pattern? I'm thinking I'd like to place it towards the right side of it as opposed to directly in the middle.

Thanks!
February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
Hi Amber-

For a simple buttonhole we would recommend that you do a yarn over (often abbreviated as "yo") followed by knitting two together (often abbreviated as k2tog.)

For video demonstrations of these two techniques please see our knitting videos page:

http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-videos/

Thank you!

Molly
February 14, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm just learning to knit can you please explain to me what gauge means. I can't find 12ply yarn anywhere around here, what other kind of yarn would work please? Thank you kindly,

Kelly
February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Hi Kelly-

The G\gauge is how many stitches you are getting per inch in a particular pattern.For example, in this pattern the gauge is 4.5 stitches per inch. To get this gauge you'll need to use yarn which is the appropriate weight, meaning that it's not too thick and not too thin.

Yarn labels often give a suggested needle size as well as a suggested gauge. This gauge is almost always in stockinette stitch. For example: The 12 ply yarn used in this project has a suggested needle size of US 11 and a suggested gauge of 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch. This is considered a chunky weight yarn. So if you are looking for an alternative yarn you'll want to look for something "chunky" that suggests a size 11 needle and a 3 stitch per inch gauge.

I hope this helps!

Molly
February 14, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for responding so quickly yes you really did help, thank you!! :)
February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
I'm totally confused. Does 2nd row start with knit 1 purl 2 and then knit 2 purl 2?
March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Hi Barbara-

Every row is exactly the same. So...

Row 1: K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Row 2: K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Row 3: K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Row 4: K2, p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.

Just keep going like that!

Thanks for your question and let us know if you have any more.

Molly
March 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this scarf! I made it in a very pretty "oatmeal" color and everyone wants it! My question is this, do you think I could make it using two different colors? I want to make a scarf for my son who has recently graduated from college and I want to use his school colors.

Thanks
March 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
Hi! I'm planning to make this project but when I read to the bottom in THE PATTERN this part confused me: Sew in ends, wash gently by hand, block and let air dry.
What do you mean by "block"? I'm just starting to knit and any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks,
Anna
March 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Hi Anna-

Here is a link to our blocking tutorial. It should explain things!

http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2006/11/13/blocking.html

Thanks for writing in!

Molly
March 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Monica-

Yes, you can make this striped in two different colors but the transitions between the colors might not be as clean looking as you'd like. I'd recommend doing a swatch with the two different colors to see how you like it. If you don't like it you might try doing a regular 1X1 rib- (knit one, purl one) since that would give you a very clean stripe.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
March 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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