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Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf



If you're new to knitting, this Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf is a fun knitting tutorial to use for improving your skills. Instead of being knit in one piece, this scarf uses two different dishcloth patterns to create five knit squares which are seamed together to make a scarf. Create two versions of this fabulous scarf using the suggested pattern below, or create your own scarf if your favorite hues. This pattern is a great stashbuster project, as you can mix and match as many solid and striped squares as you please!

Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf
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Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


Approximately 8 x 72 inches [20.5 x 183 centimeters].


  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (Solids: 70.9 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
    • Version 1
      • Contrast A 00015 (Wine) 2 balls
      • Contrast B 01530 (Country Red) 2 balls
      • Contrast C 00095 (Red) 2 balls
      • Contrast D 01699 (Tangerine) 2 balls
      • Contrast E 00042 (Tea Rose) 2 balls
    • Version 2
      • Contrast A 01222 (Country Green) 2 balls
      • Contrast B 00084 (Sage Green) 2 balls
      • Contrast C 01223 (Mod Green) 2 balls
      • Contrast D 01111 (Mod Blue) 2 balls
      • Contrast E 01215 (Robin’s Egg) 2 balls
      • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to
      • obtain gauge. Large eye blunt-ended needle.

GAUGE -19 stitches

Make 5 Solid Squares, 1 each in Contrast A, B, C, D and E.


Cast on 38 stitches.

1st row: (Wrong side). Knit
2nd row: (Right side). Knit

Repeat these 2 rows for garter stitch pattern. Continue in pattern as established until work from beginning measures 8 inches [20.5 centimeters], ending with a Right side (2nd) row.
Cast off knitwise (Wrong side).

Make 4 Stripped Squares in the following color combinations:
1 using A as Contrast A and B as Contrast B.
1 using B as Contrast A and C as Contrast B.
1 using C as Contrast A and D as Contrast B.
1 using D as Contrast A and E as Contrast B.



With A, cast on 38 stitches.
1st row: (Wrong side). With A, knit.
Proceed in Stripe pattern as follows:
1st row: (Right side). With B, knit.
2nd row: With B, knit.
3rd row: With A, knit.
4th row: With A, knit.
These 4 rows form Stripe pattern.
Continue in pattern as established until work from beginning measures 8 inches [20.5 centimeters], ending with a Right side (1st or 3rd) row.
With same color as previous row, cast off knitwise (Wrong side).
Weave in ends.


Sew squares together using a fl at seam as shown in Diagram,
noting striped squares will be placed sideways.

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Jul 21, 2013

This seems like an awful lot of yarn for just 1 scarf-I will use the pattern as a stashbuster, because I have all sorts of little balls of cotton laying around here.


Jan 26, 2013

nifty idea, but I think I'd just pick up each square from the one before. That way - no seaming! :D


5 Ratings

Feb 13, 2012

Very nice; love the color shades. How do I print?


Jan 31, 2012

How can I print this pattern?


Jan 31, 2012

I love this scarf, but don't see a button to print a short version...Thanks


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