Baktus Scarf

Suddenly it is getting chillier and the nights are closing in. It’s dark in the morning and dark again by teatime. As the days get shorter and colder I certainly have a need for a cosy soft scarf that keeps my neck warm and isn’t too bulky.

Mauve Baktus Scarf

The Baktus Scarf designed by Strikkelise is perfect.

It is a delight to knit – one of those speedy projects that require very little thinking and is perfect to knit while relaxing in front of the tv. It used 1 ball of sock yarn. I weighed my ball at the start and again about half way through and when I had a little more than half of the ball left I started decreasing.

Baktus Scarf

I had fun doing a little bit of Stash hunting to choose the sock yarns I wanted to use for knitting these scarves. For my Mauve Baktus Scarf – I used 1 ball of Wendy Roam Fusion Colour 2020 Coast – the same colour used to knit Heather Socks (yes, I love this yarn in this colour, I think I have another ball of it somewhere in my stash). This ball was slightly different in colour as it came from a different dye lot.

I enjoyed this pattern so much that I couldn’t resist knitting a second version. For the Blue Baktus Scarf I can’t give you any details about the yarn as I accidentally mislaid my label. It is a 4 ply sock yarn in shades of blue, mossy green and midnight blue.

For both scarves I used 3.25mm bamboo needles.

Blue Baktus Scarf

These scarves are quick and easy to knit. Comfortable and cosy to wear. And a great addition to your wardrobe. I know that I will probably knit this pattern again in a different colour.

I decided not to add any type of embellishment to the ends of my scarf as I wanted it to have as little bulk as possible and I used all of my yarn to knit the scarf with virtually none left over. But on the pattern Ravelry page other knitters have added tassels or pompoms to the ends of their Baktus Scarf to great effect.

Baktus Scarf

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  1. Nancy Ellsworth says:

    Hoping you can respond to my question using this pattern……I am using zauberball yarn. Do I find the center of the ball of yarn, and begin knitting with the two ‘center’ ends? or….do I begin with begin yarn of ball and beginning yarn of second half? Does it make a difference for how the pattern will turn out?

    Thank you so much!

    • The zauberball has a very long colour repeat and it isn’t unusual with some of the colour combinations that there isn’t a colour repeat. This is what makes the zauberball so popular for shawls.
      When I was knitting the Baktus Scarf, I weighed my ball of yarn before I started, sometimes they can be slightly over or under the 100g. Then I started knitting the scarf. I weighed my remaining yarn and I started decreasing when I was a few grams over half the weight. I always allow a bit extra in case my scales aren’t as accurate as they should be. I like my knitting to be fun and relaxing and don’t find yarn chicken to be remotely relaxing!
      Enjoy knitting your Baktus Scarf! Hope that helps, Nicolette

  2. How many stitches did you have before you started to decrease? Thanks Jodi

    • Hi Jodi, I didn’t keep track of the stitch numbers. Mine measures 30cm/12″ at its widest point. When I was knitting my Baktus scarves, I started by weighing the yarn, then I knit until I had used just under half of the yarn, at which point I began decreasing. I always give myself a few grams more for the decreasing as it always seems to take a bit more than I expect. I hope that helps. It is a very cute scarf. Happy Knitting, Nicolette

  3. I am addicted to BAKTUS. Will be making several for gifting this year. The one I’m making is the Northern Lights color.

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