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Roots of Yggdrasil Scarf

Updated: May 29

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Like many Americans, I have a mixed ancestry. I’ve always been fascinated by my heritage and have learned a lot about my family. Two lineages that have stood out especially were my Scots-Irish and Scandinavian bloodlines.


I always viewed these as two separate sets of ancestors, but I learned later in life how intertwined the stories of the Celts and the Norse are.

Vikings from Scandinavia, through raid and trade, interacted with the Gaelic peoples of the British Isles and Iberia. Over centuries of interaction, the two cultures influenced one another in significant ways.


Everything from beliefs and values to art and architecture were impacted, and descendants of both peoples have inherited their rich, complex histories and traditions.


To honor my own connection with my Norse-Gael ancestors, I designed this scarf using

Celtic-style braids to represent Nordic symbols and mythology. “The Roots of Yggdrasil” references the

World Tree in Norse cosmology, a mystical ash tree that was the home of all nine worlds and sprouted from three strong roots. The three braids in the pattern (the “roots”) are formed using a total of nine strands (the “worlds”).


My hope is that whether or not you or a loved one has Norse-Gael ancestry, you can find comfort and warmth with this scarf and enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed designing it!



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Materials & Pattern Information

Yarn

A Chick That Knitz hand-dyed yarn, “Charcoal”

100% superwash Merino wool

CYC 3 (DK) weight

231yd/3.5oz (211m/100g) per skein (4 skeins)

Alternative yarns: Swish DK, LB Collection Merino

Hook

US G/6 (4.25mm) or any hook needed to achieve gauge

Recommended hooks: Furls Odyssey, Furls Silver Metal Streamline, Furls Streamline Wood, Furls Streamline Resin, Clover Amour, Leither Co.

Notions

Challenge Level

​Advanced: Techniques include front and back post stitches, cables, complicated cable crossings

Finished Size

Approximately 53.5” x 8.5” (136cm x 22cm)

Gauge

Square in 4” (10cm) worked in pattern:

22 sts by 10.5 rows

Notes

  • Work post stitches loosely to avoid cinching, especially the back post ones, which can often be pulled tightly.

  • I used almost all of the skeins, so definitely get enough yarn as this project is a yarn eater, but it’s worth it for the rich, luxurious feel of the scarf.

  • I used a 4.25mm hook, but most US G/6 hooks are 4.00mm. If you can’t match gauge exactly, this may be the reason. Just use whatever hook you want to get the desired scarf size.

Need help? There's a tutorial video!





Abbreviations & Stitch Information

BLO

Back loop only

*Crochet stitches have 2 loops on top that form a “V” shape. The back loop is the one farthest away from you.

Ch(s)

Chain(s)

Hdc

Half double crochet

Hk

Hook

Lp(s)

Loop(s)

Rem

Remaining

RS

Right side

Sk(d)

Skip(ped)

Sl st

Slip stitch

St(s)

Stitch(es)

WS

Wrong Side

YO

Yarn over

Beg-dc

Begining double crochet:

Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw through both lps on hk, insert hk into post lp of sc, YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw through both lps on hk.

*This is essentially two single crochets stacked on top of one another.

BPdc

Back post double crochet:

YO, insert hk around post of stitch in row below (coming through the back and going through the front), YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw through 2 lps on hk, YO, draw through last 2 lps.

BPtr

Back post treble crochet:

Worked the same as a BPdc with an extra YO before insertion of the hk and an extra draw through 2 lps on hk before drawing through the final two loops.

Ext FPhdc

Extended front post half double crochet:

YO, insert hk around post of stitch in row below (going through the front and coming from the back), YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw lp through 1st lp only, YO, draw through all 3 lps on hk.

Ext sc

Extended single crochet:

Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw lp through 1st lp only, YO, draw through both lps on hk.

FPdc

Front post double crochet:

YO, insert hk around post of stitch in row below (going through the front and coming from the back), YO, draw up a lp, YO, draw through 2 lps on hk, YO, draw through last 2 lps.

FPtr

Front post treble crochet:

Worked the same as a FPdc with an extra YO before insertion of the hk and an extra draw through 2 lps on hk before drawing through the final two loops.




Pattern Instructions

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