Tara Scarf by Jane Ellison

Tara Scarf

February 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
241 - 262 yards (220 - 240 m)
Two sizes
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You can knit with scarf in any weight yarn, I wrote the pattern for dk yarn and chunky yarn to show the sizes differences but you need about 250m in any weight to knit the scarf.

I love this design because it uses my favourite stitch - garter stitch - and has a detail at the edge of it that is simple to do, yet so effective. The pretty edges curl up and to me looks like waves….so when I look at this scarf, I daydream of the sea gently lapping over the beach and creating the ripples on the sand.

This design starts off with 6 stitches and then increases out to create a half crescent shape and then decreases down back to 6 stitches. This might sound tricky if you are a beginner but I have included some notes in the pattern to explain this more and it is easy to master.

This is another pattern that knitters pop back into the Skipton studio wearing and then get another shade to knit another one….and another one….!

I designed this pattern in 2011 with dk yarn, I updated it in 2016 and then again with a chunky yarn in 2023. So it was 7 years since I had knitted it last which meant it was like knitting it anew! I found that it took a couple of repeats to get used to the pattern but once I did I only needed to glance at the pattern to remember what to do. For some it might take a little while to get used to the yarn overs, there are a few of them on two rows, but once you do, this pattern is so easy to do.

For this pattern I used:

Four 50g balls of Soft Donegal Chunky (100% merino, 65m/71yds per 50g) for chunky version.

Needles: 4mm for dk version.
6mm for chunky version.

Gauges (tension): 22 stitches and 40 rows to 10cm/4ins square over garter stitch using 4mm needles for dk version.
14 stitches and 28 rows to 10cm/4ins square over garter stitch using 6mm needles for chunky version.

Measurements: approx. 15cm (at widest part) x 140cm for dk version.
approx. 21cm (at widest part) x 164cm for chunky version.