FO: Dual Striped Baktus in Blackberries

dual striped baktus in zauberball blackberries

I have rarely (never?) knit the same pattern twice before, but something about a zauberball just asks a knitter to play with the shifting colours, and a Baktus scarf is a simple and yet effective way of allowing you to do that. I loved knitting both of my Baktus scarves, because a Baktus is one of those ‘oh, just bung something in the oven’ type projects that always come out looking marvellous. I knit this triangular along the same principles as my Regnbue Baktus, but with a little variation on the striping.

Stripy baktus scarf

With this version I decided to knit one half of the scarf in two-row garter stitch stripes, with the second half of the scarf being knit in four-row stripes. The colours blend together a little more on the two-row stripes, with the wider stripes giving a bolder contrast between areas where two colours meet.

I used the same increasing and decreasing methods as for my last Baktus, because I find that it gives a neater edge. On the four-row sections I carried the unused yarn under the working yarn, down the edge, to keep it twisted snug against the knitted fabric. To knit the Baktus from a single ball of yarn I wound it into a centre-pull ball and knit from each end, though last time I managed by winding the yarn into two equal-length/weight balls before beginning.

If we imagine that each of the two ends of yarn is a separate ball, yarn a and yarn b.

c/o 4 sts.
Rows 1 and 2: (yarn a) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop
Row 3: (yarn b) Knit until last stitch, kfb
Row 4: (yarn b) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop

I repeated the above four rows until my scales told me that I had used just under half of my yarn, and then I continued as follows:

Rows 1 and 2: (yarn a) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop
Row 3: Pass yarn a under yarn b to twist them together. (yarn a) knit until last 2 stitches, slip 1 purlwise, knit last stitch through back loop, pass slipped stitch over.
Row 4: (yarn a) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop
Rows 5 and 6: (yarn b) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop
Row 7: Pass yarn b under yarn a to twist them together. (yarn b) Knit until last 2 stitches, slip 1 purlwise, knit last stitch through back loop, pass slipped stitch over.
Row 8: (yarn b) Knit until last stitch, knit last stitch through back loop.
Until 4 sts remain.

I used a larger sized needle than I did for my first Baktus, and was a little more daring with my yarn usage, only giving myself a 2g lee-way with my precise miniature digital scales, but this was a good decision as it yielded a scarf that was 180cm (6ft) long when blocked.

Baktus shawl with stripes by Eskimimi

The scarf has more drape than my first Baktus, which I think is a combination of the larger needle and the yarn Though they are both made from zauberball yarn, this scarf uses the single ply Zauberball whereas my first scarf used the two-ply ‘crazy’ zauberball, the structure of which seems to have a bit more body and less drape. I’m really glad to find this as the two scarves have two very different looks, even if you do not take into account the vastly different colour schemes.

Pattern: Baktus Scarf by Strikkelise
Yarn: Schoppel-Woolle Zauberball in Blackberries

21 thoughts on “FO: Dual Striped Baktus in Blackberries

  1. AMAZING MIMI!!!
    I’ve been eyeing baktus for one of my zauberballs (I have one crazy one normal) now I definitely have to make one… and bookmark this page for later because heck yes awesome modificationss!

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