Painted Calathea – by Sonja Bargielowska


Calathea uses Garter Stitch stripes along with the occasional slip stitch to create a fabric that looks wonderfully complex but is, in fact, a breeze to knit. The slip stitch pattern zigzags across the Reverse Garter fabric, whilst being invisible on the Garter Stitch side, making this scarf equally beautiful from all angles. Once the knitting is finished, you will finish your scarf with a playful fringed edge.

With one main colour and four contrast colours, Calathea is a wonderful opportunity to play with your favourite shades. I recommend choosing either a light or a dark shade for the MC, to make those slip stitches really pop. This scarf is knitted widthwise, so you’ll be able to choose from three different sizes as you knit, from skinny to a giant cosy wrap.


John Arbon Textiles Devonia, DK 
Shown in:
MC: Furbelows OR Pebble Brook; 1 (2, 3) full skeins
CC1: Bleeding Heart OR Moon Bloom; 1 (2, 3) mini skeins
CC2: Sugar Snap OR Midnight Glade; 1 (2, 3) mini skeins
CC3: Broken Flower OR Sage Sprig; 1 (2, 3) mini skeins
CC4: Amber Blaze OR Ivy Leaf; 1 (2, 3) mini skeins
Large is shown in Furbelows plus CCs and medium is shown in Pebble Brook plus CCs.

Finished Measurements

Sizes:1 (2, 3)
Width: 15 (35.5, 56) cm / 6 (14, 22) inches
Length without fringe: 188 cm / 74 inches

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Needles + Notions

6mm (4 UK / US 10) knitting needles suitable for working a large number of stitches.
Darning needle
Crochet hook (for adding fringe)


18 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches over Garter Slip Stitch pattern after blocking
Always use a needle size that results in the correct gauge after blocking