But I didn’t want it to just be a striped scarf with rainbow colours; I wanted it to be a scarf where putting it on would be like wrapping a rainbow round your neck.
I knew how to do horizontal stripes but I couldn’t see how to do vertical ones.
I struggled with the problem for a bit and then I thought of using circular needles. I had used a 40cm one for my knitted tube but of course you could use circular needles to knit flat as well. Then I could knit lengthways horizontal stripes!
The 4mm needles with the longer cable was just fine for the scarf.
I cast on 360 stitches which I calculate would make a scarf about 6ft (180cm) long.
I wanted the scarf to be reversible – so both sides were similar – and as I was intending to use DK yarn I wanted it to have a bit of thickness.
The scarf worked out well, so I decided that I ought to make a beret also. I adapted the pattern I had used for the earlier beret so it matched the scarf and this time knitted it on the shorter circular cable using the 3.25mm needles for the rib. I used the longer cable with the magic loop knitting method to complete the central part.
In the end I made a scarf and beret for myself and my daughter. Only making the difference of the order of the colours in the beret for my daughter so as to make the red more dominant as that is her favourite colour.
My granddaughter also liked the scarf and beret and asked if I could make her one; so I ended up making a third scarf (only 300 sts) and beret for her.
So here we all are:-