Widdershins scarf: dancing against the flow

I’m delighted to introduce the Widdershins scarf (formerly known as ‘Magrat’). This pattern was inspired by the Magrat colourway from the Twisted Disc yarn club – and by the character of Magrat Garlick herself (from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series).

The youngest of the Ramtops witches, Magrat believes in fairies, crystals, the healing power of colours and a lot of other things that the older witches do not have any truck with.  Despite her apparent simplicity, an almost permanent confidence crisis, and the cynicism of her older and more experienced colleagues, Magrat is much more effective than she may at first appear.  She is an eternal optimist, believing that bad things only ever really happen to bad people, yet when cornered, can pack a punch to stop others dead.

Widdershins is a scarf pattern that uses a biasing, openwork stitch to make a long scarf from a single skein of sock yarn.  Periodically, stitches are cast off from one edge, and cast on at the other, working against the flow of the bias fabric. (‘Widdershins’ originally meant a path or course opposite to that taken by the sun).  In the name of optimism, the scarf takes two steps backwards for every three steps forwards, producing a long, off-kilter rectangle (ok, a parallelogram if you’re going to be pedantic!) with serrated edges.  The two faces of the scarf are not identical – but both look great on display.

The pattern is available for $4 from my Ravelry store, or, you can simply…


  • Magrat would approve! Such a beautiful scarf.

    25th June 2011
  • Wow: it is crafty, enchanting, beguiling and show-stopping!

    25th June 2011
  • I love how it is basically rectangular, but appears to be triangular when worn! Beautiful concept and colours!

    26th June 2011
  • Mum4d

    I *really* like that scarf!! But I don’t knit….and it would look lovely in purple..Hmmm, maybe I should buy the pattern for my neighbour who does knit..

    19th July 2011
  • […] another Widdershins scarf, this time in Dance – it just needs blocking […]

    30th July 2011

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