Wednesday, April 4, 2012

a pattern! Dr. Watson's scarf

"Would you prefer it if I joined you in the fashion faux pas wearing fine military dress with that heinous handmade scarf? Clearly an early attempt of your fiancé." ~Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows

(this is an easy enough pattern that as a first or second finished item for a student knitter it should turn out well enough, at least as good as Mrs. Watson's. :D )

Watson's scarf from Game of Shadows - DIY

remember that Holmes describes it as "inexpertly knit" so don't worry too much about getting it perfect. (It's supposedly it's Mrs. Watson's first Finished Item ... )

yarn 1 ball ea of Paton's "Classic Wool" 100g balls
grey mix, new denim, and chestnut tweed (the chestnut tweet is the one in the middle here:
and might not be in quite the same place at the store.)
needles US#11 / 8mm

I made mine a bit on the extra long side since Henry likes to wind scarves around a few times (ala Dr. Who)
I've got 19 repeats of the striping pattern.

with the Grey cast on (however you like) 24 stitches
rib knit 2 rows. k1 p1 till end of row, this is the pattern you will be using throughout ( be sure to leave long tails about 5 in long at each end when changing colors as you'll secure them and weave them in later)

then 6 rows of the denim blue

2 rows grey

12 rows Chestnut

rinse repeat stripe pattern (2 grey, 6 blue, 2 grey, 12 chestnut) until getting to about 2 inches shorter than you want the final scarf to be, if your Dr. Watson is taller than mine,
or likes a shorter scarf, you can add or reduce how many repeats of the stripe pattern.

at "almost done" end with 2 grey, 2 blue, 2 grey and then bind off.
secure and weave in your ends... trim off any dangly ends after woven in.

add fringe. .. cut fringe pieces of yarn at 12 inches long, 21 grey, 2 blue and one brown for one end, (fold in half and lark head knot into the bottom edge where you bound off) in whatever pattern you like but somewhat evenly,
into groups of 4, tie into tassels.

same arrangement at the cast on end...

Ya TA! ready to wrap in some steampunkish paper, or box up nicely for presentation to your favorite Victorian Man or Steampunker.


Alexis C said...

This pattern looks awesome! I think I'm going to give it a try.

Bit of a hiccup with the yarn, though. I went searching online for Grey, Denim and Chestnut Tweed wool in the Paton Yarn Classic Wool Brand. But the closest colors I found are Grey Mix (00224), New Denim (77115) and Chestnut Brown (000231). Were these the colors you meant? Is it possible that there are more Classic Wool options, and I'm not finding them?

Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. :) Thanks for posting this!

trinlayk said...

Yes! thank you, apparently my brain didn't retain parts of the color names... and while the grey mix and the new denim are "flat" straight color, the Chestnut Tweed has a label that says Patons Tweeds Classic Wool with Merino underneath.

it's the center color on this link:

trinlayk said...

OK updated the posting! thank you so much!

Alexis C said...

Finished. Thanks for the pattern. :)