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You need this scarf. Yup. You really do. Serpentina is easy enough for a beginner to muddle through, just complex enough not to bore an intermediate knitter, and comfortable TV knitting for an expert. Pick your own yarn, or use the recommended yarn for some surprisingly inexpensive luxury. A repetitive stitch pattern means you can alter the instructions to make as wide and as long a scarf as you like.

See? You have no excuse not to make this scarf. (Muhahahahaha!)

Serpentina would also make a good “easing into lace” sort of project – the lacy rib bit is simple and easily memorized, and will get you used to the basics of lace: using yarn overs and decreases to form a pattern.

half an ass! See all my blog entries about this pattern.

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· Elann Incense (50% wool, 25% silk, 25% bamboo, 114 yards per 50g skein), 4 skeins; shown in Brick
· US 7 straight or circular needles
· tapestry needle


Doesn’t matter. If substituting yarn, choose the needle size you’d normally use for that yarn.


110″ long, 5″ wide, after blocking. If you don’t want a Very Long Scarf, adjust your yarn yardage as necessary. Using 3 skeins of Incense instead of 4 should still give you a scarf of decent length.

Note: 4 skeins of Incense gave me 19 repeats of section 2 (and 20 repeats of section 1), but only just barely, with less than a foot of yarn left over. You may want to put a lifeline in after the 18th section 2 repeat (or 19th section 1 repeat) in case you run out of yarn during the next repeat.

Pattern Notes:

Yarn Substitutions:

Any smooth, solid or lightly variegated yarn with good stitch definition would suit this pattern. Don’t feel obligated to stick to worsted weight yarns. Avoid yarns with dramatic variegation; the stitch pattern would be obscured.


slwyif: bring yarn to front, slip 1 st purlwise


Section 1 (7 rows, start and end on RS):

Row 1, 3, 5, 7 (RS): k1, slwyif, k to 2 sts before end, slwyif, k1.
Row 2: slwyif, k1, slwyif, k to 3 sts before end, slwyif, k1, slwyif.
Row 4: slwyif, k1, slwyif, p to 3 sts before end, slwyif, k1, slwyif.
Row 6: rep row 2.

Section 2 (25 rows, start and end on WS):

Row 1, 3 (WS): slwyif, k1, slwyif, *k1, p2, k1, p1, rep from * to 7 sts from end, k1, p2, k1, slwyif, k1, slwyif.
Row 2: k1, slwyif, *k1, p1, yo, ssk, p1, rep from * to 3 sts from end, k1, slwyif, k1.
Row 4: k1, slwyif, *k1, p1, k2tog, yo, p1, rep from * to 3 sts from end, k1, slwyif, k1.
Work rows 1-4 a total of 6 times, then work row 1 once.

Serpentina Chart

CO 30 sts.
(WS) K 1 row.
Alternate sections 1 and 2 until scarf is desired length, or until you’re almost out of yarn.
Work section 1 once more.
K 1 row.
Weave in ends and block.

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