Peppermint Stick Scarf

If you’ve read my first blog post, you know I love a thick scarf. Especially a thick, Christmas-themed scarf. For this post, I want to share with you a fun pattern I came up with using the inspiration of a Christmas mug I bought years ago.

My inspiration

I love going to craft fairs during the holidays. It was at a Garden Club holiday plant and craft fair that I found a beautiful mug. I love collecting Christmas mugs and this one’s pretty stripes caught my eye. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. So, in my cabinet it went. It joined the rotation of Holiday mugs I bring out after Halloween. Then, last year it hit me. How wonderful would these stripes look on a scarf?

Off to the craft store I went. I was lucky enough to find inexpensive yarn in colors very similar to the scarf. But my luck ran out when I tried to figure out the pattern. Some rows were too thin, or others too thick. After much hair-pulling and yarn yanking, I finally figured out a pattern I liked.


24” size ten circular needles

2 skeins Big Twist in White

1 skein Big Twist yarn in Deep Red

1 skein Big Twist yarn in Medium Rose

1 skein Big Twist yarn in Light Green

Begin by casting on 105 stitches with white yarn. Join in the round, careful not to twist. Mark beg of row. Then create pattern as follows:

12 rows with White yarn.

1 row Light Green

1 row White

4 rows Deep Red

4 rows Medium Rose

4 rows Deep Red

1 row White

1 row Light Green

Repeat above sequence until scarf measures 68″. Bind off.

I used a scrap piece of cardboard to make tassels.

To create fringe, wind Light Green yarn around a 6 1/2″ piece of cardboard. Luckily, I have a lot of Amazon boxes laying around, and the lid of one was the perfect size. Cut yarn at one end so you end up with pieces of yarn approximately 13″ long (don’t worry if some are bigger or smaller, you will be trimming the fringe after attaching).

Gather yarn pieces in groups of 3. Before I attached yarn, I first marked the places for the tassels with one piece of yarn to ensure proper spacing. Then, using a crochet hook, I pulled each group of three through the end of the scarf and tied. The technical term for the knot used is a lark’s head knot, but I call it a tassel knot.

Mark tassel placement before tying on tassels with a single strand of yarn every three stitches to ensure even spacing.
My daughter chilling in a peppermint stick scarf.

This scarf was a lot of fun to knit. Not only is it stylish, but it’s so thick it will keep you warm in the winter weather. The colors are fun, and the pattern is simple. I can’t wait to show it off at my town’s annual Christmas parade. Happy crafting!

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