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African Sunset Temperature Scarf 2021 – free knitting pattern, colorway and yarn amounts

With my new African Sunset Temperature Scarf design made with the warm and super soft Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn, I have designed my first KNITTED pattern. The scarf has cables running over the entire length of the cables framing a diamond lace motif in the center. Under resources you find everything you need, including the written pattern, color chart and video tutorial.

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African Sunset Colorway

The idea behind my African Sunset Temperature Scarf is one of pure nostalgia. I have this vivid memory of me when I was a young girl playing on the swing in our back garden in South Africa. My father build this swing himself and in my memory it could go very high. I would swing as high as I could, and at its highest point, I could peer over the high fence and the houses across the street and I could see the sun set in the horizon. I remember wanting to see the beautiful colors; the deep reds, yellows, and purples. To me there still is no more beautiful sunset than an African sunset.

It’s the magic of these fabulous colors that play in my memory that I have tried to capture with the warm shades of Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn. Scheepjes Merino Soft is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International), Black Sheep Wools (UK/Int), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and well as many other Scheepjes Stockists.

Yarn Amounts

It’s impossible to predict how much yarn you will need for the blanket because the color placement is still unknown. I have the following Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn amounts in my project bag as a starting point.

  • 1 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (648) De Goya
  • 2 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (642) Caravaggio
  • 3 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (644) Durer
  • 4 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (620) Munch
  • 4 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (641) Van Gogh
  • 4 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (608) Dali
  • 3 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (622) Klee
  • 2 x Scheepjes Merino Soft (609) Rembrandt

I have based these starting amounts on the general weather pattern for my country and it’s nothing more than an estimate. If your climate is very different, you will need different yarn amounts.

Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International), Black Sheep Wools (UK/Int), Bella May Yarns (Australia), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), Creahuys 41 (NL) and many other Scheepjes Stockists.

Pattern

The pattern is a repeat of 24 rows in which cables and diamonds form the décor for the ever changing colors. All details regarding the stitch pattern are available in the written pattern. Just a note on color placement; the return wrong side row is worked with the same color as the previous right side row, so all yarn changes will be with the right side of the scarf facing.

Video Tutorial

I have made my first ever knitting video tutorial, and I am sure that for those of you who are experienced knitters my way of knitting will seem very odd. I am just so used to holding the yarn in a certain way, that I have adopted my own unique style of knitting that works for me. The goal of this video is to show the knitting pattern. In the video description on my YouTube channel you can find the time stamps for when each row of the pattern starts.

Final size

You don’t have to make a gauge swatch; I believe this design is forgiving enough, so just dive right in on January 1st. Here you see my swatch I made while designing the scarf and recoding the video. There are some errors in some of the rows, but it gives you an idea of what the scarf will look like. The final scarf will be about 40cm (16in) wide and 240cm (98in) long, so a really comfy scarf for cold winter bike rides in Europe.

Which temperature to use?

I use the maximum temperature for each day, but you can also use the minimum temperature, average temperature, or temperature at a certain time during the day. I use a website called www.weerstatistieken.nl to find information on the temperatures for my city. Weerstatistieken.nl gives the temperatures recorded at all official weather stations in The Netherlands. A search on the internet should give you similar websites for your own country.


Other Temperature Projects

I have designed several temperature projects, and all of them are perfect for looking back on a year in your life.

With the Bohemian Temperature Wrap you make a triangular wrap, whereas with the C2C Temperature blanket you make a colorful blanket, and with the Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket you make a blanket using a fading color scheme within one color pallet.


Share your scarf!

I will be posting regularly to show you the progress of my scarf. If you would like to join me, I would really enjoy seeing your progress through the year. Use the hastag #itsallinanutshell on Instagram to help me find it, share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts group on Facebook.

With love,
Esther

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