Striped scarf, 3 colours

I’m trying to make a scarf with 3 different colours in it for my dad. First I thought I would just rotate the colours every so many rows in whatever pattern I chose. I ended up getting some really really loose stitches (I think because I was constantly changing colours in the same places??). So then I decided to play with just have 3 vertical stripes of colour (so, knitting with all 3 colours at once, as I go along the row), but I’m also getting really loose stitches this way as well… Is there a trick that I’m missing? I’ve never tried playing with more than one colour before…

Probably the easiest way to change color is to do it at the beginning of a row. Leave long enough tail so it can be sewn in later. Amy has some excellent videos in the advanced section on knitting with two colors.

If you are using wool or another feltable animal fiber for the scarf I would measure out lengths of yarn, felt the joins, and then wind it into a ball. I did a scarf for the hubby in his alumni colors and changed colors every 25 rows or so. I wish I had known to do felted joins back then as weaving in all those ends in was horrible.

Don’t I wish it were a feltable yarn! Unfortunately, it’s for my dad for work… which just so happens to be incredidly dirty, but outside, and his neck gets cold… So I had to pick a yarn that’s able to be machine washed…

If I’m reading this correctly, you want to have 3 different colored stripes going the length of the scarf, like this:
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=seagreen][COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]1[/COLOR][COLOR=yellow]2[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]3[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]And not alternating rows of three colors like this:[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]111[/COLOR]
[COLOR=yellow]222[/COLOR]
[COLOR=seagreen]333[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]111[/COLOR]
[COLOR=yellow]222[/COLOR]
333[/COLOR]

The easiest way, I think, to do this is to make the scarf lengthwise… instead of casting on, for instance, 30 stitches and knitting 200 rows with 3 colors in each row, cast on 200 stitches, and knit in one color for 5 rows, then change your second color for 5 rows, then your third color for 5 rows.

(these numbers are examples, I dont’ know how that would turn out in real life)

Or, you could knit three skinny lengths of each color and seam them side-by-side.

HTH :thumbsup: