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Friday, December 31, 2010

Rick Rack Stitch

This is the pattern to the scarf I started (and did not finish yet).  I did not use the different colors of yarn, but instead chose a variegated yarn for that project, and really love it better than what the pattern had. The owner of Knit Wits, a local LYS, gave me the pattern as I was so enthralled with the scarf she had made. The pattern comes from a long ago publication and I searched high and low to see if I could find it on the web. Could not, so here it is for you all to try.

The pattern is quite similar to one that is in both the Around the Corner book by Edie Eckman, and in her Motif book.....similar but different!



7 colors of fingering wt. yarn - use E hook
7 colors of sport wt. yarn - use G hook
7 colors of worsted wt. yarn - use I or J hook

Chain 298 - Color A....(make two rows of each color)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook. DC in next 2 chains (These 4 DC will be the flat border ends on both sides). *Ch 3, skip 3 foundation chains, DC in next 4 chains. Repeat from * across to last 4 chs. DC in each of the last 4 chs. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: DC in next 3 DC. *Ch 3, skip next 3 DC. Make 4 fpdc around post of the next DC (this will tilt the stitch to look like Rick Rack). Repeat from * around, ending with 4 DC in last 4 DC. Change to next color. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for all colors, two rows each color until desired length.
End with color A, repeating row 2, chain 3, turn. DC in next 3 DC, *sc in next DC, ch 3, 3 DC around post of last DC. Repeat from * around ending ch 1, 4 DC in last 4 DC for edge.

This afghan has a nice stretch to it and bounces back to look like Rick Rack. Good in any weight yarn.

Try making a scarf first to get the feel of it. Use above pattern until you reach the width you need....the increments will be: Repeats x 7 plus 4 plus 2 for beginning stitch. The number of stitches depend on your yarn and on your desired width for the scarf.

i.e. - 3 x 7 = 21 + 4  + 2 (for beginning stitch) = 27
4 x 7 = 28 + 4 + 2 = 34
5 x 7 = 35 + 4 + 2 = 41


  1. Looks nice . . . . Happy New Years Day.

  2. what a yummy scarf!! thanks for sharing! like you, i'd use a variegated or self striping yarn to do all the 'heavy lifting' in the design.
    jd in st louis

  3. What a lovely stitch - I must try that. Thanks for the pattern! Happy New Year to you and yours :-)

  4. This is lovely!
    Thankx for the stitch and pattern.
    reina_lynn reinaknitsby the fire blog

  5. Thanks for posting sister in law has done this stitch for years. And the blankets turn out beautifully. She begins a little differently but essentially the rest is the same. She taught me how to do it but I always struggle remembering how many of each stitch in between. It will be nice to have something written out when I get brain freeze in certain parts of the pattern.

  6. Trying to download pattern, but can not see the place to do it. Can you help?
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Brenda, are you on Ravelry? That is where it is posted for a download. I think your only option here is to copy and paste. The one on Ravelry would be easier, though. Let me know! I am linking the name at the top of the start of the pattern to that page. Thank you for being interested!!

    2. Okay…the link worked. Hope you can get it! Thanks again!