"Lite Brite" Scarf

bobinthebul's picture

What to do with that Kureyon that didn't stripe nicely? Make a Lite Brite scarf!

I learned this pattern from my friend Brenna MacCrimmon, who has made several. A friend of hers looked at it and said it reminded him of the old 70s toy "Lite Brite." I don't know the real name of the stitch. I decided to finish it off with something a little different, and New Stitch a Day came to the rescue with the Knotted Openwork Stitch. It took a few experiments to find a graceful way to do decreases on it. The scarf is rather wide so I decided not to make it as long as I'd normally make a scarf; one time folded around the neck will be plenty. The back side isn't bad, but not great, so folding it might be better anyway. I did lots of cutting and splicing to get the colors I wanted (and eliminate some I didn't), and decided to run a red row through it every 8th row to give it a little more structure.

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mrossnyc's picture

Lite Brite is a great

Lite Brite is a great description. Nice work Bob!

Bill's picture

Michael...good to see you

Michael...good to see you back with us!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a great looking scarf

That is a great looking scarf - "litebrite" is a perfect description. My nephew had one and it was great fun helping him play with it. Thanks for the pattern and ideas on how to make it work with the Noro.

scottly's picture

Never had a lite bight but

Never had a lite bight but the scarf is beautiful - I love it!

bobinthebul's picture

I got a request or two for

I got a request or two for the stitch pattern in pvt, so here it is:

Cast on any number of stitches you like - it doesn't really matter because however you do it, you stagger the rows. I did an even number. 40 I think.

Setup:

Setup row 1 (RS): Knit all stitches
Setup row 2 (WS): Knit all stitches
(For reference, I set it up in black.)

Pattern:

Row 1 (RS) Colored yarn:
K1, *Knit into stitch below, p1* Knit in pattern until last stitch, K1. See note below.

Row 2 (WS) Colored yarn:
Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, knit all stitches until last stitch, bring yarn in front, slip last stitch.

Row 3 (RS) Black yarn:
K1, P1, *Knit into stitch below, p1* Knit in pattern until last stitch, K1. See note below.

Row 4 (WS) Black Yarn:
Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, knit all stitches until last stitch, bring yarn in front, slip last stitch.

NOTE: Because you're staggering and the pattern is basically Ktbl-P-Ktbl-P ad infinitum, on one RS row, the stitch before the last stitch will be a Ktbl, on the other RS row, it will be a P. Just do it in pattern until that last stitch, which is always knit.

superi's picture

Love your scarf! We use to

Love your scarf! We use to have a light bright when I was kid as well. Though most of the time the bulb was burnt out, or we lost all the pieces. lol

bobinthebul's picture

Well yes, but the thing is,

Well yes, but the thing is, they kept turning up all over the house for years afterward. :)

bobinthebul's picture

Glad you like it. :) I had a

Glad you like it. :) I had a Lite Brite too, or rather my brother did. I had another one that was sort of like a modern clear plastic tinkertoy set; the pieces went into a horizontal board that was lit from below. There was a color wheel in it as well so you could make your constructions change color. I can't find the name of it now. They still make Lite Brite by the way but they look smaller and sillier. :)

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful scarf. I never had

Beautiful scarf. I never had a "Lite Brite" but bought many for nieces and nephews. The red sure sparks it up. Well done.

AKQGuy's picture

I love it! And I used to have

I love it! And I used to have a lite brite. Dows anyone else remember the smell the template paper had? I'm an olfactory guy and even looking at this beautiful scarf brings back the childhood smell memory of that toy. Great work, and i loke the "soft" end you did.