The Curly Q Scarf is a great way to practice working with short rows. It was first introduced back in 2005 and it was one of the first short-row scarves on the knitting loom. Enjoy!
A real twist to your scarves. The Curly Q scarf implements short-rows to create the twists all over the CurlyQ scarf. The pattern was created on a small gauge knitting loom, however, many have been knitted on the Knifty Knitter looms.
Knitting loom: Knitting loom in small gauge (1/2" from center to center of peg) with at least 22 pegs. The small gauge sock loom from Décor Accents, Inc. was used in sample.
Yarn: 250-400 yards of worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn. Smart Mohair by Berroco was used in sample.
Notions: Knitting tool; 6 peg markers or rubber bands, preferably 3 of one color and 3 of different color.
Skills Knowledge: Knit stitch, purl stitch, flat panel knitting.
Size: Shown: 65 inches in length. Width varies by yarn used.
Knit: refers to the flat stitch through out the pattern
W&T= Wrap and Turn:
Wrap & Turn on a Knit row: Wrap the next peg in a clockwise direction, knit back to peg 1 as called in pattern.
Wrap & Turn on a Purl row: Remove the loop that is on the next peg and hold it with the knitting tool, with working yarn, wrap around that next peg in a clockwise direction, so the yarn ends to the front of the loom. Place the loop back on the peg (peg will have the wrap and the loop, thus 2 loops on it). Purl back to peg 1 as called in the pattern.
You will be skipping the first stitch in every row, also known as slipping the stitch.
Repeat items in [ ] the number of times next to it.
Information in ( ) underneath each row explains in detail how to accomplish the row.
Prep loom: Place markers of same color on pegs: 6, 8, 10. Place the other color markers on pegs: 13, 15, 17. See picture.
The pattern is worked in 2 parts; the 22 pegs will be divided into 2 parts: part 1 has 11 pegs (blue pegs). Part 2 has 11 pegs (lavender pegs). First, you will work on 11 pegs then you will purl on the other 11 pegs.
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The following diagram is a visual of how the pattern is knitted. Each square represents a peg. Each row is a row that you knit. Start at the top on row 1, from left to right. You will be knitting a flat panel-working from right to left on the loom as in following the letter “C”
Definitions for diagram:
K=Knit Flat Stitch
SK=Skip the peg
W=Wrap and turn back
K20=lift 2 over 1, leaving only 1 loop on the peg
P20=purl 2 over 1, leaving only 1 loop on the peg
Cast on 22 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.
Set up row: Purl 11 stitches. Knit 11 stitches with the flat stitch.
Row 1: Skip 1, k8, W&T peg 10, knit to the end
(Skip 1st peg, 8 pegs are flat stitched, peg 10 has a wrap on it, thus has 2 loops. Turn and knit back to peg 1)
Row 2: Skip 1, k6, W&T peg 8, knit to the end
(Skip 1st peg, knit 6 pegs, peg 8 has a wrap on it, thus has 2 loops)
Row 3: Skip 1, K4, W&T peg 6, knit to the end
(Skip 1st peg, 4 pegs are knitted, peg 6 has a wrap on it, thus has 2 loops)
Check the following before doing row 4: pegs 10, 8 and 6 will have 2 loops and pegs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 will have 1
Row 4: Skip 1, k4, [knit 2 over 1, knit 1] 3 times. Purl 11 stitches to the end of the row.
(Skip 1st peg, knit 4 pegs, knit 2 over 1 on peg 6, knit on peg 7, knit 2 over 1 on peg 8, knit on peg 9, knit 2 over 1 on peg 10, knit on peg 11. Do not wrap and turn, continue to the end of the row in the purl stitch—purl 11 stitches. )
Row 5: Skip 1, p8, W&T peg 10, purl to the end
(1st peg is skipped, 8 pegs are purled stitched, peg 10 has a wrap on it, thus has 2 loops. Turn and knit back to peg 1)
Row 6: Skip 1, P6, W&T peg 8, purl to the end
(1st peg is skipped, 6 pegs are purled, and peg 8 has a wrap on it thus has 2 loops)
Row 7: Skip 1, P4, W&T peg 6, purl to the end
(1st peg is skipped, 4 pegs are purled, peg 6 has a wrap on it thus has 2 loops)
Check the following before doing row 8: pegs 10, 8 and 6 will have 2 loops and pegs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 will have 1
Row 8: Skip 1, p4, [purl 2 over 1] 3 times. Knit to the end of the row.
(Skip 1st peg, knit 4 pegs, purl 2 over 1 on peg 6, purl on peg 7, purl 2 over 1 on peg 8, purl on peg 9, purl 2 over 1 on peg 10, purl on peg 11. Do not wrap and turn, continue to the end of the row in the knit stitch—knit 11 stitches. )
Repeat Rows 1-8 to the end of item.
Knit one entire row over the 22 pegs.
Bind off with basic removal method.