Shazam! a free pattern

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This is something that’s been haunting me since the summertime, so it’s about time I got it done! I submitted the pattern a couple of places but no-one bit (likely because the beauty has more to do with the Handmaiden Silken – colourway Sangria here, by the way – ole!!! – yarn than the pattern!). So, I’ve decided that it should be my little midwinter blues-buster gift to myself and anyone else out there who cares to knit it. The pattern is heavily inspired by Sivia Harding, who created the wonderful River Rock Scarf (that pattern is found in the No Sheep for You book). The zigzag pattern is modified from one published in a “Lace Primer” article by Eunny Jang in the Interweave Knits Summer 2006 issue. I ordered the beads from Earthfaire and I strongly suggest that you do the same if you’re going to attempt this pattern. The beads that Ellen provides are without compare (at least, in Toronto). The colours used here are gunmetal and olive gold-lined. I’m reminded a bit of Bart Simpson’s head when I look at this photo! So, what’s next? A crown, perhaps?! Hmm… The scarf as I made it took a bit less than one skein (100g/250m) of Handmaiden Silken and 750 beads. Dimensions are 40″ long by 5 1/2″ wide. Well, I’ll stop blatting on now, aside from to wish you all a happy (#$@&($*&@(#$*????) Monday – and to write out the pattern!


A knitting pattern by Kristina “Brouhaha” Brousalis, 2008. Please feel free to print out for your own use and to share with other knitters or link from your own blog. However, kindly do not repost in full without crediting me. All rights reserved. Supplies:

  • Yarn: 250 -400 metres of DK weight silk or silk blend. The yarn used here is Silken by Handmaiden). I used a bit less than one skein (100 g or 250 m).
  • Needles: 4.0 mm straight or circular, your choice (I used circular). US size – either 5 or 6 – I’d likely go with the larger ones first.
  • Beads: 1250 beads in 6/0 weight. I used beads by Earthfaire in two colours – 750 in gunmetal and 500 in olive gold-lined. I imagine that you could get away with half the amount of beads if you really want to – but I like the full line.
  • Notions: bead threader or dental floss threader (for threading beads), tapestry needle (for weaving in ends).

Tension: (approximate only) 20 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm (4″) one full pattern rep (20 rows) = approx. 15cm (6″) wide by 10.5 cm (4.25″) high (But don’t get stressed if you don’t get this tension! Given that this is lace, much will depend on what type of lace fabric you prefer, of course.) Instructions: 1. Thread the beads directly on to the yarn before you begin knitting.

  • Use either a beading needle (available at bead shops) or a dental floss threader (available in quantity at most pharmacies). I used the latter.
  • My further suggestion: to save yourself hassles while knitting and minimise having to push the beads down, when you have approx. 40 or 50 beads in a group, push them down several metres and keep doing so, keeping several metres’ distance between each group of beads.
  • I don’t think the crochet hook method of placing beads will work well with this pattern – but please do correct me if you find out that I’m wrong! (I know you’ll be shocked at that notion, but it’s been known to happen!)
  • Of course, you can always skip the beads. However, I quite like them.

2. Begin knitting! legend: K = knit P = purl pb = place bead yo = yarn over k2tog = knit two stitches together ssk = slip slip knit (slip the next stitch, then the following, then knit the two slipped stitches together) Cast on 30 stitches loosely (I used the cable cast-on method). The pattern is repeated over 20 rows – the entire scarf as I knitted it is 250 rows long, with a half repetition at the end of the scarf. Knit the pattern: Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: P1, PB, *P1, ssk, K2, yo, K1, P1, pb* then repeat the part between the asterisks three times, then last stitch P1. All even rows (2 through 20): K1, *pb, K1, P5, K1*, repeat the part between the asterisks three times, then last stitch K1 Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19: P1, PB, *P1, K1, yo, K2, K2tog, P1, pb* then repeat the part between the asterisks three times, then last stitch P1.

** I’m sure this would look quite lovely as well if you skipped the beads on the even rows, which would make your knitting life easier…. for my part, I’m quite happy with the even line, but whatever works for you!**
The pattern, when knitted, zigzags naturally like this: Repeat Rows 1 through 20 a total of 12 times, then repeat rows one through 10 once = 250 rows. Bind off LOOSELY (if you knit tightly, or you’re just beginning, it might help to bind off with a needle one or two sizes larger than what you used to knit the scarf). AUGHGHGHGGH! How do I place beads, you ask?
Simple. The beads belong between the stitch preceding the “pb” notation and the one following. Just push one bead as closely as you can to the base of your working yarn, then knit or purl the following stitch as directed. Don’t worry if the bead appears loose – everything will fall into place eventually. Blocking: I use spray blocking for this type of piece. Grab a towel and place on a blocking board (or, if you’re like me, the floor on top of a towel). Spray the scarf generously with water from a spray bottle, then flatten out and ensure that all of your little peaks are looking perky and that your beads fall into line. Spray some more and then leave to dry.

It won’t probably be the end of the world if you want to do a wet blocking by soaking with water with a bit of mild detergent, shampoo or Eucalan instead. However, I don’t vouch for that as I haven’t tried it… I would just say be gentle as silk can stretch dramatically.

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2 thoughts on “Shazam! a free pattern

  1. Anne Warren says:

    Nice scarf! I am knitting a variant with a silk cotton yarn.
    You might want to mention the order in which to string the beads to get the pattern you made –
    A B A B A A B A B A A B A B A A B A B A etc I think that’s it?

  2. Gail Sundberg-Douse says:

    Hi Kristina – I love knitting your beaded shazam scarf! I have 2 going at once! I am a nurse by day and teach knitting at our local recreation center to teens and adults. I also teach kids at my daugher’s elementary school. I am wondering if I could have permission to print this pattern for my students adult and teen students? Thank you for considering! Gail

    ps-I put this comment on another site with this pattern but I got the impression this was the most current way to contact you after looking some more. Thanks

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