Introducing: The Dottie Scarf Knitting Pattern
Hello lovelies! Today I have something exciting to share with you — the Dottie Scarf Knitting Pattern! I originally designed this scarf for The Hook Nook blog and am re-releasing it today. Its the exact same pattern, I’ve just added in a few pointers to help you out!
The Dottie Scarf, is a knitting pattern I’ve designed as an intro into double knitting. Double knitting is where you knit two layers of fabric simultaneously to create something that has stockinette stitch on both sides. Double knitting shows a design in (generally) two colors on one side and an inverse design of those two colors on the opposite side. It’s a perfect way to make something a little thicker, squishier, and with a unique colorwork element. It seems complicated, but its really not. I promise that after making this scarf you will have a pretty good understanding of double knitting.
There are many ways to work double knitting but the way I’m going to show you today is my favorite. This technique creates a beautiful chain selvage edge that makes your scarf look polished and professional. Another thing I love about this technique is that you are only working with one strand of yarn at a time so I think it knits up faster and easier.
This pattern is easily adjustable to use any weight of yarn, just be sure to adjust the needle size and cast on row accordingly! The yarn that I’m using for this scarf is Lion Brand Touch of Cashmere (linked HERE). This is my very favorite affordable worsted weight yarn, I’ve also used it in my April Sweater Crochet Pattern. Although you can use any weight, I do recommend using a worsted weight yarn for this pattern because it creates a beautifully fluffy and warm scarf and works up quite quickly.
Some other worsted weight yarns that I recommend are:
- LB Collection Chainette (linked HERE) — this is a more luxury worsted weight yarn, while still quite affordable
- Lion Brand Re-Tweed Yarn (linked HERE) — another affordable option with a bit of tweed for a more rustic look
- Basic Stitch Premium Yarn and Basic Stitch Anti Pilling Yarn (linked HERE) — great options if you are allegergic to wool
Dottie Scarf Knitting Pattern
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This pattern and photographs of this garment are property of Kaitlin Barthold of Originally Lovely. This pattern, photos, and design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only. All commercial use is strictly prohibited. You may not reproduce or distribute this pattern under any circumstances.
Just under 2 skeins (about 300 yards) Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Cashmere in Winter White or similar worsted weight yarn (see suggestions above)
Just under 2 skeins (about 300 yards) Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Cashmere in Portobello or similar worsted weight yarn (see suggestions above)
Size 4.5-5.0 mm crochet hook (used only for the cast-on)
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
This pattern is written in standard US knitting terms.
Winter White will be color A, Portobello will be color B.
This scarf will measure about 7.5” wide and 72” long. You may easily adjust the length of the scarf by working the pattern repeat more or less.
18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in double knit pattern
K2tog: knit two together. In this pattern, k2tog is actually not decreasing a stitch. When you are asked to k2tog you are knitting two strands together while holding two strands of yarn. Each strand of yarn is a stitch so you end up with the same number of stitches.
sl1: slip the next stitch purl-wise
sl2: slip the next two stitches purl-wise
wyib: working yarn in back. The working yarn will need to be in the back of your work.
wyif: working yarn in front. The working yarn will need to be in the front of your work.
Slide Work: In this pattern, I will tell you to ‘slide work.’ This means that you will push all the stitches from one side of your needles to the other. You will work the row once more with the same side facing you.
Turn Work: In this pattern, I will also tell you to ‘turn work,’ this just means to knit as you normally would when you get to the end of the row. You will simply turn the work and switch your needles so that the opposite side is facing you are you are ready to work the next row.
Dottie Scarf Knitting Pattern
NOTE: since you are holding both strands together you are casting on two stitches for every single cast on.
Arrange stitches so that the strands are in a A, B, A, B color order.
NOTE: Each row will be worked in two parts. First, you will work each row using only one strand of yarn. Then, you will slide the work back across your circular needle to work across once more using the other strand of yarn.
Row 1 (Right Side): sl2 sts (one strand color A, one strand color B), move both strands of working yarn to the back. Using only color A, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to 2 sts left on needle, sl2 wyib.
1 (Wrong Side): slide work. sl2, using color B, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
2 (WS): turn work. sl2 wyif, move both strands to back. Using only color B, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to last 2, sl2 wyib.
2 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
3 (RS): turn work. sl2 wyif, move both strands to back. Using only color A, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * last 2, sl2 wyib.
3 (WS): slide work. sl2, using color B, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
4 (WS): turn work. sl2, move both strands to back. Using only color B, (k1, sl1 wyif) 3x, *sl1 wyib, p1, (k1, sl1 wyif) 3x. Rep from * to last 2, sl2 wyib.
NOTE: Because you are switching the order of your stitches to get the dotted pattern, your strands of yarn will not be in the same A, B, A, B order at this point.
4 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, (sl1 wyib, p1) 3x, *k1, sl1 wyif, (sl1 wyib, p1) 3x. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
5-7: as rows 1-3.
8 (WS): turn work. sl2, move both strands to back. Using only color B, k1, sl1 wyif, sl1 wyib, p1, *(k1, sl1 wyif) 3x, sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 4, k1, sl1 wyif, sl2 wyib.
8 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, sl1 wyib, p1, k1, sl1 wyif, *(sl1 wyib, p1) 3x, k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to last 4, k1, sl1 wyif, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
Continue rows 1-8 until scarf measures 71” long or to desired length. Then, work rows 1-3 once more.
Bind off by holding both strands of yarn.
Weave in ends. Block by soaking in warm water and lay flat to dry.
There you have it, your very own Dottie Scarf! Now that you have a good grasp of double knitting, you can create your own designs, the options are endless! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
I hope you enjoyed the Dottie Scarf Knitting Pattern — I’d love to see your finished work! Share on social media using the hashtag #originallylovely or by tagging @originally.lovely on Instagram!
With Love, Kaitlin