It took me forever to write up this tutorial. It’s kind of hard to explain, but once you get the hang of it, it seems really simple. This scarf looks great in handpainted yarns, but if you want solid colors this is a great way to go. So, I hope that I’ve written the instructions clear enough so that you can experiment on your own. It will be helpful to have a read the directions of the Multi-Directional scarf, since I haven’t rewritten the instructions, just made them confusing!
The Multi-Directional Scarf is basically made of triangles that are formed with short rows. The triangles start at the bottom as essentially one stitch and increase from there, with a decrease eating up the stitches from the previous triangle. A typical multidirectional scarf looks like this, with the arrows showing the direction of the knitting:
To knit the scarf with intarsia blocks, the essential construction is the same except that at a certain point in the triangle, a new color is added. This is done by adding the new color at the beginning of the row as part of the increase instructions. The old color becomes a stripe and the new color is a little triangle inside the overall bigger triangle. The color changes are the dotted lines on the line drawing.
Start the Multi-Directional scarf according to the directions with your first color. When you’re sick of that color and before you reach the desired width, change to the next color. At the beginning of a row, work the increase with the new color. Bring the old color’s working yarn up from under the new color (to prevent holes) and continue the row with the old color. The side that has the yarn wrap showing is now the WS. On the next row, work the old color until you reach the new color; bring the new yarn up from under the old yarn on the WS (you’ll have to bring the working yarn to the front to do this on alternate rows) and work the remaining stitches with the new yarn. Continue this way until your triangle is as wide as you want.
Now, you’ve got your base triangle. Mine looks all wrong because I forgot to increase every row. But the principle is the same!
Choose a new color. This is the stripe part of the larger triangle. It won’t look like a stripe yet, because of the short rows. The key is to add the new color when the side of the triangle is as tall as you’d like the stripe. It can be as short as two rows or as tall as twenty-five, it’s up to you. Work the instructions in this color until the side is as tall as you’d like, then make the next set of increases in a new color. Bring the old yarn up from under the new on the WS to prevent holes and continue the row (including decrease) in the old yarn. Work back with the old yarn until the first stitch of the new yarn, bring the new yarn up from under the old on the WS and continue the row. Work this way until the triangle is completed.
If you want, you can use more than two colors per triangle. It can get a little dicey, because every new color in a triangle means another ball of yarn hanging from the back, but if you can handle the tangle, go right ahead! The principle is the same, work the increases in the new color and switch yarns as you reach them.
Just remember to always twist your yarns on the same side of the scarf for neatness. And good luck weaving in all those ends… that was not fun!