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The story

When I noticed the Papatya Sundae Yarn, I knew I wanted to do something with it, so I didn't hesitate for a second to get some! It was hard to pick a color as they are all so pretty but I loved the pink and purple rainbow tones in shade 014. I love the color combinations and the richness of all the shades in this range and the yarn is light and perfectly creates the color stripes. However, its 100% microfiber acrylic feels like mercerized cotton.

Now that I had the thread I wanted to find a project. Took 2 bullets and knew I had to do something for myself so thought a scarf would be nice. Now that I had the thread and a project in mind, I needed the right stitch! I wanted a seam that would intensify the beautiful color changes and how the shades blend smoothly. I chose a herringbone stitch, known as Stockinette Chevron, which provides a solid finish and a delicate wavy effect.

The Papatya Sundae yarn falls within the weight of the 4ply yarn but I wish the finished shawl had a slightly more open and lighter feel with more drape. After knitting a tension pattern, I found that a 4mm knitting needle might be fine.

I enjoyed every second of knitting this scarf. The pattern is simple, which means you don't have to refer to instructions, it makes for a relaxed and quiet project. I also like to see the colors blend into each other. The yarn is wonderful to work with and has a clean, cotton-like feel as the yarn promised. It does not break and the softness of the thread allows it to slide easily over the needles.

The finished scarf can be light enough to wear as a throw on slightly cooler spring and summer days and evenings, or to add an extra layer to a fall or winter outfit. After using 1 skein of Papatya Sundae yarn, my shawl was about 80cm x 26cm, so the 2 skeins I have make a shawl of about 160cm x 26cm. However, you would make yours for as long or as fast as you want! You can even use just one skein and tie the ends together to create a cozy scarf.

The name

I thought such a beautiful project deserved such a beautiful name. The soft waves and ripples of the chevron and the best way the colors flow through each other made me think of a gently flowing river; Along with the beautiful color of the rainbow, it jolted my memory of a piece of music called "Rainbow River". The music has nice lyrics and the name sounded good.

"The rainbow river is a laughing stream

In a valley near a high pine mountain

The reason

The pattern is worked in a very similar approach to traditional feather and fan stitch, with the variation created by knitting forward and back of a stitch in the increases rather than coming up through the yarn overs . This creates a smoother material and not a lacy effect which I thought would interfere with the thread.

Jersey herringbone stitch


Dots—Dots K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together to decrease Kfb - knit across the front and back of a seam to increase

Cast on 54 stitches (or a multiple of 18 stitches if you want your scarf to be wider or thinner)

Row 1: knit.

Row 2: Reverse.

Rank 3: *(K2tog) 3 times, (Kfb) 6 times, (K2tog) 3 times; Repeat from * until finished.

Row 4: Purl.

The four lines above define the test. Repeat rows 1-4 until you have the size indicated.


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