Wellenreiter: a wavy scarf

Wellenreiter - SchalI knit this scarf out of leftover Noro Kureyon in three different colorways I dug out of my stash. But with the gorgeous Noro color transitions, you can stay within the same colorway and still get a beautiful stripey effect.

The wool feels a little scratchy while knitting, but after a good soak in some woolwash it will be considerably softer. Just let it soak in warm water with very little woolwash for half an hour, carefully rinse it, gently squish it to get the excess water out and let it dry on a towel.

The scarf also grew quite long after washing: Before, it was about 62″ long, after washing it was 76″! So if you don’t want to end up with a Dr. Who scarf, you should bind off early enough! My scarf weighs 125 g, for a 65″ scarf two 50g skeins of Noro Kureyon should be enough.

deutsch German pattern (deutsche Anleitung)

Finished Measurements

5½“ wide, 65″ long (or as long as you want/ your yarn goes)



You can find a list of the abbreviations used in this pattern at the bottom of the page.


Cast on 26 stitches with size 10/ 6 mm needles.

Rows 1-4: Knit all stitches
Row 5: Purl all stitches
Row 6: K1, (k2tog) twice, (YO, k1) four times, (k2tog) four times, (YO, k1) four times, (k2tog) twice, k1

Schal - WellenreiterRepeat rows 1-6 until the scarf reaches the length you want. Remember that it’ll grow longer once you’ve washed and block ed it!

End with row 4. Knit the next row. Bind off all stitches, and purl all stitches while you bind off. (Yes, the last row is a right side row and you purl it. I find it makes for a neater edge. Just try it!)

Joining a new skein of yarn

When you have to join another skein you can avoid weaving in the end by spit splicing:

Splice both yarn ends for about 2″. Cut one half of each end, so that both ends together are the same thickness as the rest of the yarn. Now let both yarn ends overlap and rub them together between the palms of your hands until they felt together. A little moisture helps with this (hence the „spit“ in spit splicing, but water works too).


Weave in the ends with a darning needle.

Wash and block the scarf to the desired measurements.


k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit two stitches together
YO: yarn over (wrap the yarn once around the right needle; this creates a new stitch)