Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Candle Flame Scarf

Candle Flame Scarf    

Pattern by Doris Formby

This scarf was designed to use the Madeline Tosh Pashima.  For such a soft and special yarn I wanted to use a lacy and unusual design which would look good on both sides.  The candle flame pattern looks different on the two sides, but equally intriguing.
For free download in pdf format you can find this on ravelry:  Candle Flame Scarf
Size:      After blocking: 62”x 8 ½”
Yarn:                      1 skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina or any DK weight yarn for a total of 360 yards.
Needles:              US size 5

Cast on 42 stitches.
Knit the first four rows in garter stitch (knit every row). 
Then start to work the 24 row candle flame pattern below.

24-row Candle flame Pattern with garter stitch edging
Repeat three times between the * * (you may want to place markers between your repeats).
ROW 1:  K2,*P2, YO, K1, YO, P2, K2, K2TOG, K3*, P2, K2
ROW 2:  K4, *P6, K2, P3, K2*, K2
ROW 3:  K2, *P2, K1, (YO, K1) TWICE, P2, K2, K2TOG, K2*, P2, K2
ROW 4: K4, *(P5, K2) TWICE*, K2
ROW 5:  K2, *P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2, K2, K2TOG, K1*, P2, K2
ROW 6:  K4, *P4, K2, P7, K2*, K2
ROW 7:  K2, *P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P2, K2, K2TOG *, P2, K2
ROW 8:  K4, *P3, K2, P9, K2*, K2
ROW 9: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K5, P2, K1, K2TOG*, P2, K2
ROW 10: K4, *P2, K2, P8, K2*, K2
ROW 11: K2, *P2, K2, K2TOG, K4, P2, K2TOG*, P2, K2
ROW 12: K4, *P1, K2, P7, K2*, K2
ROW 13: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K3, P2, YO, K1, YO*, P2, K2
ROW 14: K4, *P3, K2, P6, K2*, K2
ROW 15: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K2, P2, (K1, YO) TWICE, K1*, P2, K2
ROW 16:  K4, *(P5, K2) TWICE*, K2
ROW 17: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K1, P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2*, P2, K2
ROW 18: K4, *P7, K2, P4, K2*, K2
ROW 19: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3*, P2, K2
ROW 20: K4, *P9, K2, P3, K2*, K2
ROW 21: K2,*P2, K1, K2TOG, P2, K2, K2TOG, K5*, P2, K2
ROW 22: K4, *P8, K2, P2, K2*,K2
ROW 23: K2, *P2, K2TOG, P2, K2, K2TOG, K4*, P2, K2
ROW 24: K4, *P7, K2, P1, K2*,K2
Repeat these 24 rows until the desired length has been reached. Stop knitting in the candle flame pattern either after row 12 or after row 24.  Then work four rows in garter stitch (knit every row). 
Cast off loosely and block.
Note:  Someone recently asked how to make this shawl wider. Here is my answer for everyone’s benefit:
The pattern repeat is over 12 stitches of the original CO stitches and each repeat adds about 2 1/2 inches. So for every 2 1/2 inches of added width add 12 stitches to your CO. Let’s say you want your shawl to be approximately 24 inches wide instead of 8 1/2 inches you would add six lace repeats for a total of nine lace repeats and cast on 9 x 12 + 6 stitches = 114 stitches.


Pattern copyright to Doris Formby: You are welcome to use this pattern to knit for yourself or as a gift, or for charity. You may not sell the pattern itself or the finished goods made from this pattern. Please direct any questions to Strickliese on Ravelry. Thank you for knitting my design.

Thank you to Titlili for translating this pattern into French:

Candle Flame Scarf   

Pattern by Doris Formby

French translation by Tit’Lili (

Echarpe “Flamme de bougie”, patron de Doris Fromby
Traduction en français de Tit’Lili (

Cette écharpe a été créée avec du fil Pashmina de la marque Madeline Tosh. Avec ce fil spécial et très doux, Doris souhaitait créer une dentelle qui puisse être aussi jolie des 2 côtés. Elle a choisi de réaliser ce motif « flamme de bougie » qui est certes différent sur le recto et le verso, mais tout aussi beau des 2 côtés.
Vous pouvez télécharger ce patron gratuit (en anglais) à partir de Ravelry, en cliquant sur ce lien Candle Flame Scarf

Taille :    Après blocage : 155 cm x 21,25 cm

Matériels :
Fil : 1 écheveau de fil Pashmina de Madeline Tosh ou environ 330 m d’un fil similaire (en épaisseur)
Aiguilles : 3,75 mm

Instructions :
Montez 42 mailles
Tricotez les 4 premiers rangs en point mousse (toujours tricoter en mailles à l’endroit)
Puis commencez à réaliser les 24 rangs du motif « Flamme de bougie », comme indiqué ci-après :

Explication des 24 rangs du motif « Flamme de bougie », avec ses lisières au point mousse :
Répétez  3 fois les indications entre astérisques (* *). Vous pouvez placer des marqueurs de mailles entre chaque répétition du motif.
(Note du traducteur : Pour plus de lisibilité, j’ai laissé les explications du motif en anglais, et j’ai traduits les symboles, juste après)

Rang 1:  K2,*P2, YO, K1, YO, P2, K2, K2TOG, K3*, P2, K2
Rang 2:  K4, *P6, K2, P3, K2*, K2
Rang 3:  K2, *P2, K1, (YO, K1) TWICE, P2, K2, K2TOG, K2*, P2, K2
Rang 4: K4, *(P5, K2) TWICE*, K2
Rang 5:  K2, *P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2, K2, K2TOG, K1*, P2, K2
Rang 6:  K4, *P4, K2, P7, K2*, K2
Rang 7:  K2, *P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P2, K2, K2TOG *, P2, K2
Rang 8:  K4, *P3, K2, P9, K2*, K2
Rang 9: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K5, P2, K1, K2TOG*, P2, K2
Rang 10: K4, *P2, K2, P8, K2*, K2
Rang 11: K2, *P2, K2, K2TOG, K4, P2, K2TOG*, P2, K2
Rang 12: K4, *P1, K2, P7, K2*, K2
Rang 13: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K3, P2, YO, K1, YO*, P2, K2
Rang 14: K4, *P3, K2, P6, K2*, K2
Rang 15: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K2, P2, (K1, YO) TWICE, K1*, P2, K2
Rang 16:  K4, *(P5, K2) TWICE*, K2
Rang 17: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, K1, P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2*, P2, K2
Rang 18: K4, *P7, K2, P4, K2*, K2
Rang 19: K2,*P2, K2, K2TOG, P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3*, P2, K2
Rang 20: K4, *P9, K2, P3, K2*, K2
Rang 21: K2,*P2, K1, K2TOG, P2, K2, K2TOG, K5*, P2, K2
Rang 22: K4, *P8, K2, P2, K2*,K2
Rang 23: K2, *P2, K2TOG, P2, K2, K2TOG, K4*, P2, K2
Rang 24: K4, *P7, K2, P1, K2*,K2

Légende des symboles utilisés dans les explications du motif “Flamme de bougie” :
K1 = 1 maille à l’endroit
K2 à K5 : tricotez 2 à 5 mailles à l’endroit
P1 = 1 maille à l’envers
P2 à P9 : tricotez 2 à 9 mailles à l’envers
YO (yarn over) = faire 1 jeté                                      à augmentation d’une maille
K2TOG = tricotez 2 mailles à l’endroit ensemble      à diminution d’1 maille
TWICE = répétez une 2ème fois les indications situées entre parenthèse juste avant le mot TWICE

Répétez les 24 rangs du motif jusqu’à ce que la longueur désirée soit atteinte. Vous pouvez arrêter de tricoter le motif soit à la fin du rang 12, soit à la fin du rang 24. Finissez votre écharpe en tricotant 4 rangs de point mousse.
Rabattez les mailles de façon assez lâche et bloquez votre ouvrage.

Note de l’auteur : Des personnes lui ont demandé comment faire pour avoir une écharpe plus large. Voici sa réponse.
Sur le rang de montage, le motif « Flamme de bougie » se répète toutes les 12 mailles, et chaque répétition rajoute environ 6,25 cm de large à l’écharpe. Vous pouvez donc augmenter l’écharpe par section de 6,25 cm, en ajoutant autant de fois que nécessaire 12 mailles sur le rang de montage de l’écharpe. Par exemple, vous voulez que votre écharpe fasse approximativement 60 cm de large, à la place des 21,25 cm, vous devez alors rajouter 6 répétitions (6 répétition = environ 38 cm). Vous aurez alors au total 9 répétitions du motif à faire tout au long de l’écharpe. Et pour cela, vous devrez monter : 9 x 12 + 6 mailles (de lisière) = 114 mailles, au départ, sur votre aiguille.


Ce patron est sous le copyright de Doris Formby : vous êtes autorisés à utiliser ce patron pour tricoter une écharpe pour vous, ou pour offrir, ou pour donner à une œuvre caritative. Par contre, vous n’êtes pas autorisés à vendre le patron lui-même, ni les ouvrages réalisés à partir de ce patron. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à les poser sur Ravelry à  Strickliese. Merci d’avoir tricoté ce modèle.




  1. It's beautiful and I'm looking forward to making this for my best friend for Mother's day ! Thank you !

    1. I am very glad you like this. Thank you for using my pattern :)

  2. This is just beautiful!! I am new to knitting so I need to ask if this is for a beginner?

    1. Jean, if you can do a 'yarn over' (YO), then this is a very good project for a beginner. Challenging, but not too difficult. You must try! :)

  3. Thank you, beautiful pattern!

  4. You are not going to believe this...
    A couple of months ago, I bought this really nice yarn. I was going to knit a pair of socks with it, but at $31.oo a ball, it just seemed too pricey for that project, agreed? So I just put it away for the right thing to come along... It did today. Your scarf. The moment I saw the scarf, I knew the yarn I'd use. The real kicker!??!...
    it's Madelinetosh Pashmina. I love it!!! I am so jazzed about this. So what color you ask...TERRARIUM. (greenish brown.

    1. Oh wow. Thank you for sharing your story! Now I am all jazzed about it, too. I didn't see your comment until today (more than a year later), sorry! I hope you are happy with your finished scarf.

    2. The stitches do not add up to the 42 cast on stitches in every row... how does this work?

  5. I was looking for a new scarf pattern for a Christmas gift and this is perfect

  6. I am currently knitting this pattern. Tried three times and keep getting the stitch count off. What am I doing incorrectly?

  7. interesting that you claim your copyrights on this pattern...
    I know it from here:

    1. This pattern has been around for some time. I remember knitting a baby blanket years ago, for my nephew who is now it's been a while. I found the pattern on the sleeve of Bernat baby yarn I had purchased.

  8. This pattern, with the same name, has been available on KnitPick's website for years. I have made it several times, and it is lovely.

  9. on row two if you follow the pattern of knitting between **there are 45 stitch count not 42. and also on the rest of pattern. So how do you knit only 42.

  10. I am a beginner. I do fine until row 7 and then don't seem to have the required number of stitches. I got to this row, started over, got to the row again, started over. I am short stitches for the third repeat. Can you think what I could possibly be doing wrong? Thanks. Guess this is why I am a beginner.

    1. It could be possible your not doing your YO which means yarn over to the front.. By not doing the YO you will be missing stitches as every YO is actually an increase of stitches. K2TOG is a decrease. Just a possible thought for you. Hope this helps to solve your problem. Good Luck.

  11. It's georgious. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Can't wait to make it.

  12. Row 2 adds up to 45 stitches. Pattern says to cast on 42. Where do the other 3 stitches come from??

    1. The extra three stitches come from the yarn overs.

  13. where can I get the pattern for the Mardunk version of the Candle Flame scarf ?


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  15. Thank You for this beautiful pattern.

  16. How can you claim copyright when this same pattern can be found in other places. I don't think its right to claim copyright unless you yourself came up with the pattern.

  17. Just finished this and it was very easy. Turned out beautiful, getting ready to block!

    1. hello row 2 needed 45 did you correct this?

    2. The number of stitches differs from row to row.

  18. I have been looking for this scarf for a very long time. I had it photo copied and tried it with a yarn that was just a little too heavy and put the pattern away. It got soaked in a small flooding problem I had and I had no idea where I had found it. Thank you so much. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. Jan - Ldn, ON

  19. I like this knitting pattern of scaf. It is beautiful.

  20. Beautiful design. Thank you for sharing.


  21. Hallo, excuse me I also would like to do this scarf as a necklace. you may suggest the cast on and bind off and how to join the ends?
    Thank you

  22. I've been looking for something that can be worn against the skin to use my MT Pashmina. This is perfect. I'm going to cast on right now! Truly. (Ramonasgirl at Ravelry)

  23. I am working on this scarf at the moment and love the pattern. I've been knitting for years, and found it a bit challenging, until I got into the rhythm!
    Here is what I found helpful
    (K2T = K2TOG)
    The even number rows should have the same amount of stitches as the previous odd number row - e.g. Row 2 should have 45 sts, like Row 1, and Row 4 should have 48 sts. like row 3.
    And all the YO stitches created in the odd number rows, will be worked as Purl on the even numbered rows.
    Row 1 - 45 sts (6 YO & 3 K2T)
    Row 3 - 48 sts ( " )
    Row 5 - 51 sts ( " )
    Row 7 - 54 sts ( '' )
    Row 9 - 48 sts (6 K2T & no YO)
    Row 11 - 42 sts ( " )
    Row 13 - 45 sts (6 YO & 3 K2T)
    Row 15 - 48 sts ( " )
    Row 17 - 51 sts ( " )
    Row 19 - 54 sts ( " )
    Row 21 - 48 sts (6 K2T & no YO)
    Row 23 - 42 sts ( " )
    These hints I've written above are for the original 42 stitch cast on pattern.
    I wanted a slightly larger border, so I added 4 more stitches on each side and worked in garter stitch.
    Hope this helps.

  24. I am confused, the cast on is 42 sts what sts do I use for the extra 3 for the 1st row as well as the rest of the rows

  25. Oh what a stunning pattern I got a bargain today five 50g balls of kid mohair with a thread running thru well I have found this pattern thank you so much for sharing xx

  26. Geraldine has given a great hint on making this scarf - I had purchased a similar pattern and never could figure out how to make it work. Now that I have Geraldine's input, I have also found that since the place markers remain the same, regardless of how many stitches you increase or decrease, for me the best way to have perfect result, is to count how many stitches each odd row has in between the (*) and to count each time I finish each repeat - for instance for row 1 has repeating cycle of 13 stitches, row 2 has 14. It is important that you check each time you repeat as it is so easy to forget a YO - it turns out perfectly for me, without having to count the number of stitches in each row.
    It works for me, maybe it will help somebody else as this is such a beautiful pattern not to be able to figure it out.

  27. I have made this scarf twice. It's beautiful. I also designed a hat with this pattern to match the scarf. A wonderful gift.

  28. This pattern is just gorgeous. All these years later and it’s still being found today. Thank you! Making this for my grandmother.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I am happy when one of my patterns gets used :)
      Perhaps I should write more?!

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  30. Beautiful pattern! Thanks for the pic showing the reverse side! It is truly reversible! I love that in a scarf!