More about Herringbone Parallelogram Scarf

I wanted to enable “stash diving” so the sizes are actually fingering (sport, dk, worsted) weight yarns, for ease of substitution.

Finished Size
48” by 8 (8.5, 8.5, 8)”, 122 cm by 20 (21.5, 21.5,
20) cm.
540 (450, 410, 435) yards of fingering (sport, dk,
worsted) yarn

Some popular yarns:

2.5 skeins of Softee Baby Solids and Maris

4 skeins of Swish

2.5 skeins of Koigu Painters Palette Premium

2.5 skeins of Palette Knit Picks

2.5 skeins of Knit picks Stroll Solids,
Heathers and Twists

1 skein of Noro Kureyon Sock

1.5 skeins of Smooshy by Dream in Color

1 skein of Trekking XXL

3.5 skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmirino

2 skeins of Cascade 220

1.5 skeins of Simply Soft by Caron

4 skeins of Wool of the Andes

2 skeins of Classic Wool Patons

4 skeins of Swish

2 skeins of Classy by Dream in Color

2.5 skeins of Wool Ease Solids and Heathers
Lion Brand

2 skeins of Berroco Comfort Solids and

I originally made this scarf for Dan the year we were engaged. I’d already made him 3 sweaters and a vest, so the boyfriend curse was long gone. (Not that I’m really superstitious. Most of the time when I knit for men, they loose 20 lbs before the sweater is done, and it doesn’t fit them any more. That’s kind of hard to call a curse though.)

It was my bus knitting, but I was using such a fine handspun, that I had to bribe myself to keep it going with science fiction paperbacks from the library. When the original scarf disappeared, Dan was bummed, not because I was mad at him (I was.) but because it kept him warm when the wind tried to blow through his front zipper. That Northern Illinois wind.

This pattern may be purchased for $5.00 from Ravelry or right here at or on, or

The pattern was technically edited by Katherine Vaughn, and her value is incalculable.

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Shannon is also my sister-in-law! The model is her husband, my brother-in-law Andrew the biologist.

7 thoughts on “More about Herringbone Parallelogram Scarf

  1. Hi, I love the Herringbone Parallelogram Scarf – can you tell me:

    1. Reversible?
    2. Knit lengthwise?
    3. Does it lay flat without coaxing?

    Thanks !

    • Hi Debby,

      Thanks for commenting!

      1 HPS is totally reversible
      2 No, it is knit on the bias. You start on the short edge of the scarf, increase on one end of every other row, decrease on the other end of every other row, until it is long enough across the bias. It’s a parallelogram from the first row.
      3 Yes and No. The cast on edge flutes and scallops for about an inch and a half, then the scarf lies flat. Most people tell me that they like that effect as I’m knitting a sample, but since I can’t echo it on the cast off (and my husband tells me it’s not manly) I recommend steam blocking that end at least in the pattern.

      Sorry to take so long to get back to you!

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