This double knit scarf bookmark is inspired by Laura's fantastic original HP Bookscarf pattern here. Full credit to her for the great idea, this is just an alternate method for working it and at a different gauge. The original pattern calls for the scarf to be worked in the round thus having Stockinette stitch on both sides. This can also be achieved using double knit by simply casting-on, working flat and binding off with nothing more than alternating slipped stitches and regular knit stitches. The larger sport weight gauge also makes it an even quicker knit.
Width: 1.75 inches
Length: 9 inches including fringe
Red Heart Sport [100% Acrylic; Approx. 240yd/219m per 2.5 oz/70g skein];
MC: #918 Vermillion; 1 skein
CC: #230 Yellow; 1 skein
[Alternate: Any sport weight yarn in "house colors"]
19 sts and 24 rows = 4" in double knit stockinette stitch
This pattern is worked on smaller needles than usually called for since twice the number of stitches have to fit in the usual amount of space.
Double knit long tail cast on: This cast on method alternates one cast on stitch in the usual long tail method (which makes a knit st) with one cast on stitch using the purl st version. This creates a perfect start for double knit fabric since every other stitch is already facing in the opposite direction.
A tutorial on how to do the purl version of the Long Tail Cast-On for this pattern is located here on my blog.
To start, place slip knot on the needle. To make a purl cast on stitch,
start by holding the yarn in the usual manner. Pick up the strand
of yarn on the index finger farthest away from you by coming from
behind it. Move the needle towards the strand on the far side of the
thumb and go under it coming from behind to catch it on the needle.
Pull the needle back towards the index finger pulling the yarn through the loop around the index finger. Slip loop off index finger and tighten the stitch. One purl stitch is cast on. Alternate between casting on one knit stitch and one purl stitch.
Double Knit Pattern:
Row 1: *K1, sl 1 pwise with yarn in front; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *K1, sl 1 pwise with yarn in front; repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 1-2 of the Double Knit Pattern equal one row of double knit complete.
Cast on 16 stitches in MC using the Double knit long tail cast on method described above.
*In MC work 8 repeats of Double Knit Pattern.
Attach CC (without cutting MC) and work 2 repeats of Double Knit Pattern twisting MC strand with CC strand at beg of row. I also recommend weaving in yarn ends as you work since there is no "wrong side" to weave in when completed. To do this, with the tail end behind the work hold it above the right needle when the needle is inserted to work the knit stitch, then work the knit stitch in usual manner. Next hold both tail end and working end strands to the front while slipping the st, then hold tail end behind work and below the right needle when inserted to work knit st. Continue in this manner for a few stitches then drop tail end behind work.
Cut CC and with MC work 3 repeats of Double Knit Pattern.
With CC work 2 repeats of Double Knit Pattern (same as previous CC rows). *
Repeat between * * 3 times.
Work 8 repeats of Double Knit Pattern in MC.
BO row: k2tog, *k2tog, slip first stitch on right needle over second stitch and let drop off needle in usual method; repeat from * to end.
Fringe: Wrap MC yarn around a 1 to 1.5 inch wide piece of cardboard or end of a ruler about 32 times and then cut across. Take 2 of these strands of yarn and fold them in half to form a loop. With a crochet hook pull this loop through the end of the bookscarf at the side edge. Put the yarn ends through the loop and pull tight. Continue across both ends of the bookscarf adding tassels at each stitch. Fold bookscarf in half and trim the ends of the fringe even.
If you wove in your ends as you worked, trim remaining ends and tuck inside the scarf. Otherwise simply knot at the end and insert inside. (Hey it's a bookmark, not a garment - knotting is perfectly acceptable in my book). Lightly steam or iron with cool iron. Now you can start rereading the series in preparation for the final book in style!