Short rows create a sense of movement in the fabric of the Volna scarf, which means “wave” in Russian. Simple eyelets and a serrated border enhance the effect, allowing the eye to follow the progression of knitting, from row to row, wave to colorful wave. The pattern works up quickly: it is garter stitch-based (so, the scarf is reversible and there’s no purling!), easy to memorize, and very addictive!
The pattern is well-suited for yarns with long stretches of color, such as many yarns by Noro, Crystal Palace, Plymouth, Regia, Opal, and Schoppel Wolle. Using a solid or semi-solid yarn would create a beautiful version as well. There are instructions for three widths – narrow, medium and wide – and each can be knit using a variety of yarn weights, from laceweight to bulky. You can envision and create an endless number of possibilities, from a wispy spring scarf to a cozy winter shawl!
Shown in Noro Kirameki (lace), Noro Taiyo (aran) and Noro Sekku (lace). Suggested yarns are shown below.