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Puelo Accordion Scarf

Earlier this week I introduced you to the new Araucania yarn Puelo.

Puelo is hand painted in Chile.

Puelo is hand painted in Chile.

Aren’t the colors wonderful?

Look at those wonderful colors!

Look at those wonderful colors!

I had to admire it from a few different angles before I finally settled down to knit with it.

Caked up and ready to knit!

Caked up and ready to knit!

Do you ever just cast on with a new yarn and let it guide your hook or needles?

The goal is to get an idea for how the yarn feels and behaves. You might have only a vague idea in mind of what you want to make.

This 100% Alpaca yarn has 230 yards per hank. It seemed to me that would be enough for a skinny scarf. Maybe one of those angled scarves that tilt to the side by increasing on one end and decreasing on the other.

I started with US 5 needles (one side larger than the size recommended on the label).

Hello, yarn. What do you want to be?

Hello, yarn. What do you want to be?

But as I knit, the scarf just wanted to be long and straight. I tried using a seed stitch border to help prevent curling.



After several inches it became apparent the yarn wasn’t happy. Despite my border the center was still curling. Things had to change.

Version one was sent to the frog pond (because I had to rip-it, rip-it!)

A simpler approach was needed. I decided to try a simple drop stitch to better showcase the colors of the yarn. I also switched to US 7 needles to get more drape.

Drop stitches show off the color.

Elongated stitches show off the color.

The yarn and I are both much happier!

I’m simply working blocks of stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch separated by a drop stitch row. I change when the whim takes me, which makes it hard to make a mistake. I mean, how can I “mess up” if there isn’t a set pattern to follow?

The best part about this scarf is I don’t have to pay attention so it’s been great for chatting with friends, watching TV and riding in the car (but not while I’m driving, of course!).

This is a “pattern” to just relax and enjoy the process of knitting.

I’m about halfway through the ball and my scarf is 2 1/2 feet long. When I’m done it should be around 5 feet long, which is a pretty good length in my book.

Halfway done!

Halfway done!

Want your own random accordion scarf? Visit your local yarn store to get some Araucania Puelo yarn, then follow the recipe below!

Puelo Accordion Scarf

Materials: 1 hank Araucania Puelo yarn

Needles: US 7 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Gauge: 4.5 sts x 6 rows = 1″ in stockinette stitch (this is a loose gauge for this yarn)

Size: about 4.5″ wide. Length TBD


Cast on 21 sts

Work 4 rows in garter stitch (knit every stitch, every row)

Begin working stockinette stitch (knit on the right/public side, purl on the wrong/private side) for 5 to 7 rows

Switch to reverse stockinette stitch (purl right side, knit wrong side) for 5 to 7 rows

Knit across, double wrapping each stitch.

Knit (or purl) across, dropping the second wrap of each stitch across. (This makes the elongated stitch. You should still have 21 sts).

Continue in pattern as established, or as the whim takes you, until almost out of yarn.

End with 4 rows of garter stitch. Bind off and weave in ends.

Things to keep in mind:

The shorter your blocks, the more your scarf with fold up. The longer the blocks, the less they will curl. As your scarf gets longer the weight of the fabric will pull them straight as well.

Treat the elongated row as your pivot point. If you were working stockinette stitch before it, begin working reverse stockinette stitch after.

Work more drop stitch/elongated rows if you want. Try it out and see how you like it. Maybe even through in a few stitch patterns you’ve wanted to try.

Just have fun!

Add it to your Ravelry queue.


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