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Pattern: Baktus

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This is my version of a scarf or kerchief that was all over the Norwegian blogs in 2008.


The principle is to take one or a couple of skeins, and knit a triangle using your exact amount of yarn. A good way to use up one of those single skeins of sock yarn in bright colours.


It works with any kind of yarn, but I prefer a less than bulky yarn.

I used one skein of Hello Yarn sock yarn.


Choose needles that go well with the yarn you use.


To be able to know when I had used up half of my skein, I used a scale:

I weighed my yarn before casting on. Weighing the skein every now and then, I started decreasing when I had about 50% of the skein left.


How to knit:


Cast on 4.

Row 1: Knit 1, YO, knit the rest of the row.

Row 2: Knit, make sure you knit the YO through the back loop.

Rows 3 and 4: Knit.


Repeat rows 1 through 4 until you have used up half your yarn, or until your scarf is 50% of desired length.


Then decrease 1 every 4th row:

Row 1: Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together through the back loop. Knit the rest of the row.

Rows 2, 3 and 4: Knit.


When you have 4 stitches left, bind off.



You can increase and decrease in a number of ways, use the ones you like.

If you do this in stockinette, you will have a Karius scarf instead of a Baktus.

Karius and Baktus are two characters in a Norwegian children's classic.


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Taken on October 22, 2008