Curly scarf (Curly baktus)
It took me only 90 grams of the Diva yarn from Barka in the Athene color to knit this playful
scarf. I used size 3,5 mm needles (US 4) and a size 3,5 mm hook to crochet the edge. I needed
stitch markers to not get lost in the increases and decreases.
Dropped stiches create the ruffles or curls along one side of the scarf, making it fun and
stylish at the same time. I worked along the scarf in garter stich and did the increases and
decreases baktus style. The scarf is 120 cm (47,2 in) long and 22 cm (8,7 in) wide.
Yarn: Barka Diva Athene (50 % wool, 50 % alpaca)
Knitting needle: 3,5 mm (US 4)
Crochet hook: 3,5 mm
Weight: 90 g
Now we can start the actual knitting. :)
Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all 15 stitches (do not slip the last stitch). Turn your work and run the yarn to the
back under the needle.
Row 2: *K1, 3 yo* Repeat *-* 4 more times, **K1, 2 yo** Repeat **-** 4 more times, K4
and slip the last stitch with yarn in front. Turn your work.
Row 3: Knit 5 and in the next 10 stitches drop all the yarnovers and knit all the knit stitches.
Knit the last knit stitch too.
With this method the last 10 stitches will stretch" as the yarnovers spread evenly between
these stitches. Turn your work and run the yarn to the back under the needle.
Row 4: same as row 2
Row 5: same as row 3
Row 6: same as row 2
Row 7: K1, kfb, knit until the first yo, and in the next 10 stitches drop all the yarnovers and
knit all the knit stitches. Knit the last knit stitch too.
Repeat rows 2-7. You make yarnovers in the even rows and drop these yarnovers in the odd
rows. In every 6th row you increase by 1 stitch. (You can use your preferred method of
increasing, I used knitting in the front and the back of the stitch.) Mark these rows to easily
follow your increases.
Stop the increases when you have 50 stitches on your needle. Now begin decreasing by one
stitch in every 6th row along the straight edge of the scarf. When you have only 15 stitches on
your needle, knit 5 rows again (same as row 2, 3, 2, 3 and 2 consequently) and in the next row
bind off the stitches. Be careful and don't bind off the yarnovers, they aren't stitches. Just
drop them the same way as you did before.
Don't cut the yarn, crochet the straight edge of the scarf (from point to point) with a 3,5 mm
crochet hook. Use the next pattern: 1 slip stitch + 1 chain.
This crocheted edge gives a more consistent appearance to the scarf and is very useful to hide
the possible yarn ends. This is why it is important to start any new balls on the straight edge.
When you get to the other end of the scarf, cut and fasten the yarn and hide in the crocheted
I did not block the scarf as I wanted to keep its curly look. If you prefer to block your scarf,
do it lightly. I would love to see the curly scarf made with a variegated yarn with long repeats,
that would make it stripey.
Let's knit and have fun!