I’m happy to release the individual pattern for the Surprise Stripes Scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. It’s now available on Ravelry and Love Knitting.

The “surprise” in this pattern becomes apparent when you look at the stripes on one side… then turn it over. Magically, the stripes are vertical on one side and horizontal on the other!

Surprise Stripes Reversible Scarf

(Photo by Gale Zucker)

Even though this design is structurally a double knit, the pattern is simply written to use only knit, purl and slip stitches, making it easy enough for a less-experienced knitter. At the same time, more advanced knitters find the pattern easy to memorize and a great choice for social knitting.

Surprise Stripes Reversible Scarf

(Photo by Gale Zucker)

This pattern lends itself well to experimenting with different yarns for different looks. Try highly contrasting solid colors like to ones shown above for a bold look, tone on tone for a more subtle look (think similar solids, or tweeds, or heathers), a mixture of textures such as mohair and plied, or even gradient or self-striping yarn paired with a solid.

Surprise Stripes Felted Tweed Swatch

Rowan Felted Tweed

Surprise Stripes Mohair_Plied

Mohair and Plied

Surprise Stripes Gradient

Gradient and Solid   (Photo by Colleen Rosenthal)