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Rubicon Bay Scarf is Pure Fun

Intro to Showy Garter Blog Post 3

The Rubicon Bay Scarf



Impulse Buying

magnum_yarn_cakesI stopped by Jimmy Beans Wool when they were restocking their supply of  Cascade Magnum. The yarn comes in  dozens of amazing and apparently irresistible colors. I was there to pick up a little more Blue Sky Alpaca, but within seconds, I was sitting on the floor playing with color options and dreaming of new designs.

I left the store with new US 17 needles and three very bright colors of yarn. I was just thankful no one in my family was there to roll their eyes at me. This is truly a super bulky yarn, Compare the size of the Magnum yarn cakes to a DK weight yarn.

garter_intro_blog_featrThe result is by far the most dramatic scarf I’ve ever knit. It makes you smile just looking at it. Take a look at how the Showy Decreases really stand out in this yarn.

If the name Rubicon sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen in on the side of a Jeep. The car gets its name from an area in Tahoe called the Rubicon Trail which is an extreme off road trail. The texture in this scarf is so dramatic, it seemed the perfect namesake. All the projects in the Showy Garter Decrease are named after areas and lakes in Tahoe. This also seems appropriate, as I’ve spent much of the first month of 2017 snowed in here.

The Design Features

magnum2The Rubicon Bay Scarf is part of our free Introduction to Showy Garter eBook available in Ravelry.

  • The vertical Showy Lines continue along the entire length of the scarf.
  • Color changes are all made on right side rows, the majority is knit with 2-row color stripes.
  • The scarf starts and stops with  2-strand cast on and bind off that add to the dramatic look.
  • The gauge for the Magnum is 2.25 stitches per inch on US 17 but the pattern also includes instructions for a smaller gauge yarn knit on US 11.


If you are new to the blog and our ‘Nuances’ you’ll want to get caught up on the Showy Decrease and some of our other techniques. We’ve organized the blog categories to make this easier and don’t forget to stop by our website for a list of free patterns that demonstrate these ideas. Take a peek at the knit edge on this scarf. It’s pretty amazing in this gauge.  You can  read more about this bind off in the Edges category.

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This entry was posted on January 27, 2017 by in Free Downloads, Nuances, Patterns, Scarves, Showy Garter.

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