Here’s one for all you STEM folks out there. The bold, zig-zag design is eye catching, particularly with highly contrasting yarns. It also happens to be the symbol used on electric circuit diagrams to indicate a resistor. You can change up the colors as you go, so it’s a good scrap buster too!

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Intermediate: Simple double crochet colorwork (intarsia).


About  8.5 x 60 inches


 14 dc x 8 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • fdc = foundation double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)

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  • Feel free to change your colors at any point for a unique look. In the sample, I kept the accent color the same, but changed main colors twice. It’s dark blue on one side, red on the other, and there’s some grey at the back. I was using up some stash, and basically changed colors every time I ran out of one.
  • Since it’s a scarf, be careful to make your color changes neatly.
    • Do not carry the yarn – use a different ball for each section. This means you will need 3 balls at any given time – one for the accent color and 2 for the main color.
    • I took a class once from Laurinda Reddig in which she taught techniques for making color changes so invisible that the piece is truly reversible. While it’s not required for this pattern, I highly recommend her book Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique which teaches these same techniques.


Jump ahead to charts

Note: Starting with foundation stitches is recommended as it makes for a stretchier edge. However, if you’re just not comfortable with foundation stitches, an alternative starting row is provided.

Row 1 ( RS): 14 fdc in MC, 2 fdc in AC, 14 fdc in MC. (30 sts)

OR  Alternate Row 1: With MC, ch 32, sk first 3 chs (counts as dc), dc in 4th ch from hook and next 12 chs, switching to AC. With AC, dc in next 2 chs, switching to MC. With MC, dc in last 14 chs. (30 sts)

For each following row: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st and each st across, with color changes as specified. Note that the stitch counts in each row include the starting ch 3. Each row has a total of 30 sts.

Rows 2-10: 14 dc in MC, 2 dc in AC, 14 dc in MC

Row 11: 13 dc in MC, 3 dc in AC, 14 dc in MC

Row 12: 16 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 10 dc in MC

Row 13: 7 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 19 dc in MC

Row 14: 22 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 4 dc in MC

Row 15: Repeat row 13

Row 16: Repeat row 12

Row 17: 13 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 13 dc in MC

Row 18: 10 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 16 dc in MC

Row 19: 19 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 7 dc in MC

Row 20: 4 dc in MC, 4 dc in AC, 22 dc in MC

Row 21: Repeat row 19.

Row 22: Repeat row 18.

Row 23: Repeat row 17.

Rows 24-46: Repeat rows 12-23 once, then repeat rows 12-22 once more.

Row 47: Repeat row 11

Rows 48-72: Repeat row 2 (25 rows)

Rows 73-109: Repeat rows 11-47.

Rows 110 – 119: Repeat row 2 (10 rows)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Go back to written instructions

Note: This is the same pattern as the written instructions – do one or the other, not both.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Soulpart71 for testing it!

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