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Totally easy (and free!) handspun scarf knitting pattern

Oceanus Scarf

It’s hard to find patterns using handspun thick and thin yarn (my favorite!) or … darn close to handspun thick and thin. In this case, Malabrigo Aquarella, shown above in “solis.”

I think you probably know how much I love single ply thick and thin yarn by now. And I think you also know how much I love glazes and layers of color in hand dyed yarn. Aquarella combines both of my loves into one fabulous skein that I truly enjoy knitting.

Oceanus is a super long scarf with super long fringe. The fringe alone is 10-12″ long! But it’s also a quick knit and despite the stockinette, a fun knit, given the constant shifts in color.

You can use other thick and thin yarns, particularly handspun, instead of Aquarella. I hope you enjoy knitting this!


195 yards / 178 meters super bulky thick and thin single ply yarn (shown above in Malabrigo Aquarella, three skeins [one skein= 65 yards/100 gr], colorway Solis)

Size 17 US / 12.0 mm knitting needles
Crochet hook, large enough to accomodate yarn bulkiness

Gauge: not that important – it’s a scarf! 🙂

Total length: 129-133″ / 3.3-3.4m with extra long fringe 10-12″ / 25-30cm
Width: 8″ (20 cm) wide

BO:  bind off
CO:  cast on

Cut fringe first: seven lengths per end, 14 lengths total. Rather than measure by inches (or cm), count five “thick” sections, and cut in the “thin” section between the fifth and sixth thick section/bump. Set aside.

Scarf body
CO 14 sts, spacing so that yarn end starts mid-thick section (bump), and includes two full thick sections (bumps).
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Continue to near end of last skein of yarn.
BO, spacing so that yarn ends at the mid-thick section (bump), and includes two full thick sections (bumps).

Applying fringe
Fold one length of fringe in half. Insert crochet hook through the right side, to the back side, of the first stitch one one of your scarf, catching the middle point of the middle thick section with your crochet hook and drawing it through the stitch to the right side of your scarf. Keeping crochet hook through the loop you’ve created, catch both loops of the fringe and draw through the loop from underneath, drawing snug. Repeat every other stitch, seven stitches (seven fringes) total each end.

However, for the CO end and the BO end, draw the yarn end plus the fringe ends through the loop. This eliminates the need to weave in ends.

Block, allowing to dry thoroughly. This is a LONG scarf – what I usually do is to block on two long beach towels on the floor. I fold over the beach towel to cover the scarf. I do wet block my hand knits, but I spin out nearly all the water using the spin cycle of my washing machine.

I recommend alternating skeins every two rows. If you find that you’re getting pools of color or texture (all your thick sections on one side, rather than variegated), try using one size smaller knitting needle on the wrong side – that often helps me eliminate pooling!


Now for the legal terms, which allow you to share or adapt this pattern, with attribution to me/link to this post, and even allows you to sell your finished work, with attribution/link, unlike my usual licensing, which doesn’t grant any of the above.

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Oceanus Scarf Knitting Pattern by Brenda Lavell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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  • Vicki Potter October 29, 2012, 8:13 AM

    Hi Brenda — do you know of any way to avoid the dreaded “edge curl” when knitting a scarf with stockinette stitch, like this one?

    • Melissa February 25, 2013, 6:57 PM

      Vicki: I find that if you slip that first stitch on each row this helps with the curl. It stays mostly flat and less need to block.

  • brenda October 29, 2012, 8:28 AM

    Hi Vicki! I don’t know of a way to eliminate it completely, other than sewing fabric (mmm, velvet) to the wrong side. But there are a couple of things that will help reduce:

    1. On the wrong side, use smaller needles and/or purl continental. Stockinette curls because the amount of yarn used for the purl stitches is greater than the amount of yarn used for a knit stitch. Reduce the amount of yarn used, and you reduce curl.

    2. Incorporate purl stitches on the right side, maybe with a seed stitch border.

    3. Block really really really well, and then always store your scarf folded flat. If you leave it hanging, it’s going to naturally curl.

    Hope these help!

  • Knitting Wool November 15, 2012, 3:44 AM

    Thanks for providing so nice of designs. Now winters are on, so the need of Knitting Patterns is required to everyone.

  • Pamela bourque October 22, 2013, 8:44 AM

    Okay, so, I’m new at this knitting and selling, do I just copy and paste what I see up there to give you credit?

  • brenda December 8, 2013, 8:53 PM

    Hi Pamela! I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment until now – yes that’s all you need to do and thank you! 🙂

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