This scarf has been fun to work on. It is easy to pick up , put down, and always know where I am at when I come back to knit more. It seems like a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn, and stash bust — you need not feel like you have to stick to just two colors. Because this is K1P1 rib it is super easy to bury ends in an invisible manner, which I will demonstrate in another part of this pattern share. Today, go collect some yarn all the same weight — I used DK weight Cadenza by Colinette and US6 needles — but worsted yarns and size US8 needles would be fine too; resulting in a nice size scarf to add to a pile of future gift-giving items, or just for you!
Begin by casting on 44 stitches and working 4 to 6 rows of K1P1 rib all in one color. Do not cut yarn yet. Next row: Knit across all the stitches in a new color. Next three rows: return to K1P1 as previously set in your initial rows. Leaving 8″ of each color to bury ends invisibly, cut off both balls of yarn. Reattach/begin working with the first color again by knitting all the stitches (leave an 8″ tail) then in subsequent rows do the K1P1 rib as previously set — complete 20 rows in total.
The technique of knitting across in one row, and then returning to the K1P1 rib as previously set, is a standard technique (See June Hemmons Hiatt: The Principles of Knitting). This gives you one nice neat side, but not a reversible fabric, as there are bicolor purls on the opposite side of the fabric.
Second Installment: how to create a REVERSIBLE K1P1 multicolor fabric WITHOUT ANY bicolor purls.
Third Installment: how to do reversible checkerboard intarsia with two colors (it is easier than you think if you have never tried it before!).
Have a great day! xx M.E. and Summit Yarn Studio