Look snappy this autumn with this fun and easy to knit "Crocodile Smile" scarf!
Why Crocodile Smile I hear you say? Well, my quirky little brain saw sharp smiley crocodile teeth in the form of diamonds, so I ran with it and the Crocodile Smile scarf was born!
Knitted in a simple diagonal garter stitch, this scarf is perfect for the adventurous beginner, or a more experienced knitter that is wanting a fun and easy knit.
The rhythmic increase and decrease sections that make up the scarf are a perfect break from the endless identical rows that a traditional rectangular scarf often entails. I think even those of you that hate scarf knitting with a passion may be tempted to give this one a go!
For my scarf I used 2 balls of Cygnet Boho Spirit in the shade Afterglow, the long gentle colour changes of this roving yarn just sing when worked in scarf form. If you are based outside the UK, then great alternatives are Red Heart Unforgettable, Lion Brand Landscapes and Scheepjes Wanderlust.
- 200g DK Yarn - I used Cygnet Boho Spirit.
- 4mm Circular or Straight Knitting Needles (I used 60cm circulars)
- Embroidery Scissors
- Tapestry Needle
- k - knit stitch
- kfb - knit front back
- k2togtbl - knit 2 together through the back loops.
setup increase Section:
Make a slipknot and place it on your left hand needle.
Row 1: kfb. TURN
Row 2: k until 1 stitch remains, kfb. TURN.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 40 stitches on your needles.
diamond decrease Section:
Row: 1: k until 2 stitches remain. k2togtbl. TURN
Repeat Row 1 until you have 20 stitches on your needle
Diamond Increase Section:
Row 1: k until 1 stitch remains, kfb. TURN.
Repeat Row 1 until you have 40 stitches on your needles.
Alternate between increase and decrease sections until your scarf is almost the desired length (I worked a total of 19 Diamonds). Then move on to the Final Decrease Section
Final Decrease Section:
Row 1: k until 2 stitches remain, k2togtbl.
Repeat Row 1 until 2 stitches remain on your needles.
Final Row: k2togtbl, break yarn and cast off by pulling tail through final loop and pulling tight.
sizing tips & tricks
This scarf can be adapted, the 40/20 ration can be changed to suit the weight of yarn you are working with, or the size of diamond you want. Thicker yarn will want less stitches, and thinner yarn will need more.
The golden rule is that your shortest section should be half your widest section and the widest stitch count always needs to be divisible by 2, so as long as you maintain that ratio your scarf will work.