New Blog, New Free Pattern

Welcome to the new blog!  Let’s start with a free pattern.


This is the same stitch used in Purl Bee’s Grecian Rib scarf, but the version of the stitch I found in; Mildred Graves Ryan’s, The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery, recommended using two different needle sizes.  I found this gives the stitch a much more open feeling and showed off the colours in the yarn beautifully.    Do some swatching with various needle sizes and choose the one you like best!



4 x Berroco Versa

Colourway:  Fresco (3690)

Needles:  1 size 8mm  AND 1 size 12mm

(1 crochet hook, if you are adding the fringe)

Note:  This is knit with one small needle and one large needle

Gauge:  12 sts and 14 rows = 10cm  in pattern stitch

Stitch detail close-up


Grecian Plait (multiple of 2)

Row 1:  *knit the 2nd stitch on the needle and pass over the 1st, knit 1st stitch*, repeat to end

Row 2:  purl



With fringe:  cut 72 strands, 30cm (12 inches) long – put aside until you are finished

**If you are going to add fringe, I recommend cutting the fringe first, then you can just knit until you run out of yarn.**

Cast 36 stitches onto the larger needle.  (Knit first and last stitch of every row.)

With the smaller needle, begin Row 1 as follows:  knit 1, *knit 2nd stitch and pass over the 1st stitch, knit 1st stitch*, repeat to last stitch, knit 1

Row 2:  knit 1, purl to last stitch, knit 1

Knit to desired length, or until you run out of yarn.  Cast off.

If you are adding the fringe, holding 2 strands together and using a crochet hook, attach evenly across each end.


Yarn purchased at Knitomatic.


About stickgirl

Hi, I am a mother of 3, wife, small business owner, chief cook & bottle washer, daydreaming of fashion and knitting.
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25 Responses to New Blog, New Free Pattern

  1. Geraldine says:

    good luck with your new blog.

  2. haley says:

    boo-tee-full! i will try it! 🙂

  3. Karen Farlow says:

    Beautiful! Do you only use the larger needle to cast on?

  4. Lorrie says:

    thanks for sharing 🙂 Quick question though….other than casting on with the large needle, when else do you use it?

  5. mickey says:


  6. Gracie says:

    A very interesting pattern. Good wishes for you and your new blog. What a nice way to start, a free pattern. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Connie Hughes says:

    I am very interested in receiving information and patterns you send out. I’m in the process of trying to learn to knit and crochet. I have attempted several times to register so I will receive your info. But since I don’t blog or know much about this iPhone I want to see what I need to do to get on your list. Thank you, Connie

  8. Vita says:

    Love this pattern! Running out today to get some yarn looks like a great Christmas gift 🎄

  9. Carla says:

    Hi there, I love the pattern and the yarn. I am a beginner and would love to try this. Are the needle sizes of 8 and 12 in U.S. sizes because I cannot find a size 12, it goes from an 11 right to a 13. Is this pattern level for a beginner??


    • stickgirl says:

      Pattern states 8mm and 12mm needle – use one of each. Let me know if you have any other questions. M.

    • stickgirl says:

      Also, to answer the second part of your question – I think this pattern would be considered an intermediate skill level. If you are comfortable going beyond garter stitch and stocking stitch, this would be suitable. You may want to do a practice swatch of the stitch, just to get used to the cross-over action and you will find it finicky at first, but stick with it!

  10. Carla says:

    I love this scarf and the colors. I can’t seem to find a size 12 knitting needle. Is it a size 12 in U.S. sizes???? I found a size 8 but no 12.


    • stickgirl says:

      Thank you for your interest in the pattern. ‘mm’ is the standard abreviation for ‘milli metre’, the Metric unit of measure. Needle conversion standards can be found here: (scroll down to “Needle sizes and Conversions”. If you cannot find a 12mm needle, use a 10mm (US 15). The resulting fabric will be a little tighter, but will still show the pattern stitch nicely. If metric needle sizes are not available in the U.S., try an online retailer. I know Haley, at Knitomatic (, will be happy to ship some to you. M.

  11. Carla says:

    Perfect, thanks so much, can you tell that I am new at this!!! 🙂

  12. Carla says:

    So, it looks like I will need an 11 and a 17 in U.S. sizes.

  13. Shay says:

    Feeling a little dense, but you say: “Row 1: *knit the 2nd stitch on the needle and pass over the 1st, knit 1st stitch*, repeat to end” — doesn’t that end up decreasing your stitch count by half? Or is the 2nd stitch, after it’s passed over the 1st, moved to the working needle and not dropped as a passed stitch normally would be?

    • stickgirl says:

      Giving a pattern a read through is always the first step, but sometimes thing don’t make sense until you actually do them. You are over thinking things. Basically all you are doing is knitting the SECOND stitch first, passing it over the first and then knitting the first stitch. The instructions do not tell you to drop any stitches. Try it and it will all work out!

      • Shay says:

        Thank you for answering me, but I may just have to see a video for everything to make sense.

  14. Lee says:

    In some of the things I have been reading about the stitch, the instructions say to do two set-up rows – one knit and one purl. Is this true for your pattern? I realize the pattern doesn’t say so.

  15. Deonne Wallberg says:

    Michelle, I LOVE this pattern! I have the perfect yarn for it, but it’s a heavy worsted instead of bulky weight. Do you think I could get away with it by just going down one needle size (US 10 and US 13)?

    • stickgirl says:

      Good question, Deonne. I think you have to swatch and see how you like it. The scarf as I knit it, is very loose and drapey, my only advise would be to use needles sizes that are big enough to produce fabric with an open feel to it. Not sure if this answers your question, but really there are no rules with this, it is a matter of personal preference.

      • deogator says:

        Thanks, Michelle! I’ll try it out and see what happens. I’ll post a pic when I finish it. Happy knitting!

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