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PATTERNS

The original scarf was probably sport weight wool, but DK/light worsted and worsted will work, too. "Worsted" is really a misnomer that yarn manufacturers often use to label the weight of the yarn, but all it really means is that the fibers were combed before being spun. The weight of so-called worsted actually varies quite a bit between brands.unslipped

There is no reason to alter the pattern unless you knit rather loosely, quite tightly or want to use heavier yarn. If you must, choose the worsted or the aran pattern. These are calculated to the most common gauges suggested on the labels of manufacturers. Fuller worsted hardly looks any different at around 84 percent the row count, but I don't recommend aran weight. The scarf will lack drape and look more like one of your gran's afghans than a professional garment, but it will do if you need a scarf in a hurry. Unfortunately, the options for sport weight wool are few. For that reason I have chosen to focus on DK/light worsted options.

The original scarf measured approximately 12 feet (blocked, not including tassels) for its screen debut. Despite the loss of a grey stripe, it continued to stretch to something around 14 feet for its tenure in Season 12. It must have been around 6 stitches per inch wide and 8 rows per inch long. DK on a US #5 produces this gauge exactly for me, but I won't recommend a specific needle size. You will find knitting and blocking a swatch in your choice of yarn the best way to determine the right needle size as both your tension on the yarn and the needle size determine the gauge. Take a little time to experiment.

THE STUNT DUPLICATE

A stunt/duplicate version of the scarf was also created that was later used as the primary scarf and ultimately became half of the super-long scarf starting in Season 16. It is ostensibly smaller than the original and has some subtle differences in the pattern. It's narrower at only 60 stitches. For the most authentic replica of this particular scarf, I recommend switching to smaller needles to make a smaller finished size. The colors are very slightly different, though this could be due to differing amounts of wear and fading compared to the original. As it is today, the purple and gold are a tad brighter and more saturated, the brown is a tad lighter, the tan is less saturated, and the red is a wee bit darker.

BLOCKINGunslipped
More about this will be added to the knitting tips section, but for now a little advice. You might be finished knitting only to find that your scarf is much shorter than you imagined. Don't panic! Pure wool will stretch 40 to 50 percent with the wet blocking technique. When knitting the original scarf (Season 12.5), I end up with a strip measuring 11-12 inches wide and about 8 feet long. After blocking, it measures 10-11 inches wide and about 12 feet long, which is right on target for that version, which will stretch even more with wear. See this photo for an example of what you might get.

Blocking will make your replica much more authentic looking. The original and duplicate/stunt version of the scarf might not have been intentionally blocked, but they were definitely wetted and stretched (more like mishandled and stretched to their limits if the pronounced ribbing is anything to go by).

TASSELS (11/21/2013)
The number of tassels changed as the scarf was damaged and repaired, but it started out with 12 (proven by a photo at last!). By Season 13, the now gold end of the scarf still had 12 tassels, but I haven't quite nailed down the number for Season 14. The stunt duplicate has 11 tassels. Tassel instructions are planned to be added to the knitting tips section.

TO SLIP OR NOT TO SLIP?
The original scarf definitely has a slipped stitch edge. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The duplicate/stunt version of the Season 13 scarf does not. It's a little difficult to discern the edge of the original in the small publicity photo at right, but the lack of slipped stitches on the back of the duplicate scarf is easy to spot as diagonal loops over the edge where the rows change color.

I prefer to slip the last stitch of each row knit-wise as it neatens the edge and can help hide color joins.

COLORS (10/26/2013)compare
Pantone colors and yarn swatches were evaluated directly against the Shada scarf to make these color selections. The colors presented on this site do not to significantly vary from the colors of the Shada scarf in its present state. I do not believe that it has enough wear or fading to really be concerned about. The intensity of new yarn is generally enough of a fix. This choice is reinforced by a comparison to the Today Promotions scarves, the reference for which is believed to have been the actual stunt duplicate. Those scarves are wool blend and still match the real thing very closely, which suggests that the Shada scarf is fairly stable despite its history of wear.

Keep in mind that print and fiber are quite different. Matching to coated Pantone chips is probably better due to the reflectivity and depth of color that yarn exhibits. Color matching will never be exact even with guidance, and it's virtually impossible to match how the scarf appeared in the 1970s. You might find these colors dark - especially the tan. Studio lighting and video recording often made the scarf seem lighter than it is. The hues in photographs also tend to wander. Perhaps the trickiest color is the grey. If often appears bluish in photographs, but it is a very warm grey bordering on a deep taupe. See the example of the Shada scarf today as it appears with some sunlight and in typical artificial light. Quite a difference isn't it?

These free Behr paint chips found in hardware stores also make a good guide.

red
green
gold
tan

brown
purple
grey

S-H-190 Antique Red
300F-7 Centaur
290D-7 Crispy Ginger Snap
270F-6 Fudge Truffle
240F-7 Root Beer
S-G-690 Delicious Berry
750B-6 Tree Bark

You can always compare yarn to commonly found red bell pepper, Bosc pear, turmeric, roasted peanuts, tarnished copper coins, red onion and steel wool. Vegetables and coins will vary, but these will put you in the right direction. Click to enlarge.

100% WOOL RECOMMENDATIONS (09/16/2013)
Both single brand profiles and compatible combinations are presented here. They have been tested for reliable gauge and blocking. Best colors are highlighted, and problem areas are noted. Recently manufactured lots from each brand are occasionally checked to ensure that colors and quality are the same. Notice that some choices will change rank or disappear.

Manufacturers often seem to arbitrarily label the gauge of their yarn. They are not to be trusted. The reality is that there are many incremental gauges to say the least of the differing textures and number of plies. This creates further headaches for those of us who like to mix brands, but the updated suggestions are refined to new categories for easier compatibility. For now, Hobby Lobby options are still included. It is not the purpose of this site to have a political opinion.

You will find some yarn choices appearing in more than one category. There is a little wiggle room in the gauge of these, but you should not experience any radical differences.

Light Sport Combo (09/26/2013)
These are on the lighter side of sport. The resulting fabric has the best drape of any combo presented on this site. It's my favorite by far. It's great to have this down to only two brands. Stick to the original or duplicate pattern for these.

red
green 1
green 2
gold
tan 1
tan 2

brown1
brown 2
purple 1
purple 2
grey 1
grey 2
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Jamieson's Shetland DK

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
462 Ginger
429 Old Gold (vivid but fine)
209 Wood Moss (too dark)
425 Mustard
Camel (untested)
123 Saddle Tan (very saturated but great hue)
1190 Burnt Umber (terrific)
139 Chocolate Kisses (intense)
142 Spiced Plum
293 Port Wine (could be redder)
Dove (untested)
701 Stone (slightly heathered)

True DK Combo (09/02/2014)
This combo is terrific, but beware having to ship all those brands from different sources. Stick to the original or duplicate pattern for these. Stay tuned for more options to be identified.

red
green
gold
tan 1
tan 2
brown 1
brown 2
purple 1

purple 2
grey 1
grey 2
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Rowan Pure Wool DK
Dale of Norway Falk
Jamieson's Shetland DK
Rowan Pure Wool DK
Rowan Pure Wool DK

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Dale of Norway Falk
Classic Elite Liberty Worsted
25284 Saffron
25280 Thyme
25654 Turmeric
054 Tan (quite saturated)
2642 Sandlewood (a bit taupe, great for stunt dupe)
1190 Burnt Umber (the best match ever)
016 Hessian (not heathered, discontinued)
037 Port (a bit red, great for stunt dupe)

25662 Currant (earthy hue)
2671 Dark Taupe (slightly light)
7878 Mouse Brown (too light)

Light Worsted Combo (09/16/2013)
These choices are very much light worsted - nearly DK weight. Note that Cascade 220 Superwash pills and felts a bit, but this failure makes it compatible with the plain wool in this combo. Stick to the original pattern for this combination.

red 1
red 2
green
gold
tan 1
tan 2

brown 1
brown 2
purple
grey 1
grey 2

Cascade 220 Superwash
Hobby Lobby I Love This Wool
Universal Deluxe Worsted
Universal Deluxe Worsted
Universal Deluxe Worsted
Cascade 220 Superwash
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Cascade 220 Superwash
Universal Deluxe Worsted
Hobby Lobby I Love This Wool
823 Burnt Orange (brighter choice)
170 Terra Cotta (technically 97% wool, darker choice)
12181 Bronze Brown
12182 Gold Spice
41138 Brown Sugar (very slightly brownish)
1961 Camel (a tiny bit dark)
23893 Amber Heather
753 Burnished Gold Heather (too ginger)
880 Marionberry
12172 Dark Crystal (cooler hue than required)
354 Smoke (good hue, a bit dark)

Cascade 220 Superwash (09/02/2014)
This single brand makes a very good representation of the overall color scheme in a washable yarn, but there is no decent green at all. Substitute Patons Superwash DK 12012 Cork for a green that's still too light but much better. Stick to the original pattern for this brand. If you're not concerned about it being washable, you can substitute choices from the Light Worsted Combo.

red
green
gold
tan
brown
purple
grey

823 Burnt Orange
substitute
853 Ginger Peach
1961 Camel
1920 Pumpkin Spice
880 Marionberry
816 Gray

terrific
substitute
low contrast with tan
a tiny bit dark
too red
perfect
more neutral than warm, not bad

Worsted Wool Mixed Combo (09/02/2014)
These mix with no significant difference in gauge between brands - certainly nothing than can't be evened out when blocking. There's a hit for every single color. This will work for the original pattern, but the result will be thick. Better drape will result from using the worsted pattern. The full Cascade 220 combo has been removed because only a few colors are viable now.

red 1
red 2

green
gold 1
gold 2
gold 3

tan 1
tan 2
tan 3
brown
purple 1
purple 2
grey

Elsebeth Lavold Favorite Wool
Hobby Lobby I Love This Wool

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Elsebeth Lavold Favorite Wool
Cascade 220
Rowan Pure Wool Worsted
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Cascade 220
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Cascade 220
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

10 Flaming Red (brighter choice, discontinued)
170 Terra Cotta (technically 97% wool, darker choice)

24066 Thyme
25651 Turmeric
12 Lichen
2415 Sunflower (a bit dull, low contrast with tan)
104 Toffee
155 Beige

8622 Camel (recent lots too brown)
23893 Amber Heather
9572 Cabernet
092 Eggplant
25073 Bramble Heather (heathered)

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (12/10/2012)
This yarn is great for wool on a budget and is the best I can recommend for beginners (much easier than acrylic). This will work for the original pattern, but the result will be thick. Better drape will result from using the worsted pattern. The color concessions are very minor - the best palette when sticking to a single brand of wool. You can substitute any choices from the Worsted Wool Mixed Combo or Cascade 220.

red
green
gold
tan
brown
purple
grey

23896 Firecracker Heather
24066 Thyme
25651 Turmeric
25072 Almond
23893 Amber Heather
24647 Currant
25073 Bramble Heather

heathered, too cool
perfect
perfect
a bit light but perfect hue
perfect if very slightly too red
too red, a bit earthy
heathered and very slightly too light

ACRYLIC RECOMMENDATIONS (09/02/2014)
Low cost and easy care can be had with acrylic, but not in a single brand. Stay tuned for sport options.

DK (05/04/2012)
This is as good as it gets in acrylic using the original pattern. Many of these options have UK-friendly shipping options. Note that the sport weight and DK yarns in this combo gauge the same in spite of their labels. It's all very compatible.

red 1
red 2
green
gold 1
gold 2
tan 1
tan 2

brown 1
brown 2
purple 1
purple 2
grey
Knit Picks Brava Sport
Stylecraft Special DK
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK
Stylecraft Special DK
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK
Knit Picks Brava Sport
Stylecraft Special DK
Knit Picks Brava Sport
King Cole Big Value DK
Knit Picks Brava Sport
Stylecraft Special DK
Stylecraft Special DK

133 Paprika
1029 Copper (too rust)
792 Moss Green (too green but very good)
1790 Gold (excellent)
01613 Pumpkin (excellent)
26371 Almond (a bit light but perfect hue)
1420 Camel (a bit golden and saturated)
26376 Brindle (excellent)
037 Taupe (a bit mocha and mousy)
26378 Currant (too red, a bit earthy)
1035 Burgundy (marginally redder than purple 1)
1063 Graphite (neutral but light)

Worsted (12/10/2012)
If you knit tightly and are skilled at steam-blocking, these will work with the original pattern, but the result will be thick and could lack drape. A few of these are also in the aran options below, but there is some wiggle room in the yarn weight. The green is the trickiest, but I haven't found another option.

red 1
green
gold 1
gold 2
tan 1
tan 2
brown 1
brown 2
purple 1
purple 2
purple 3
grey 1
grey 2
grey 3
Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Bernat Waverly
Bernat Satin
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn
Bernat Satin
Red Heart Soft Yarn
Red Heart Soft Yarn
Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Red Heart Soft Yarn
Bernat Satin
Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Bernat Satin
Red Heart Soft Yarn
25719 Paprika
55013 Bark (thick, discontinued)
04609 Goldenrod (intense)
156 Sungold (a little thick)
04011 Sable
9388 Wheat (a bit light)
1882 Toast
25721 Brindle (excellent)
3729 Grape
04307 Sultana (intense)
25720 Currant
125 Taupe (it's warm grey, a little thick)
04044 Stone (not warm enough)
9010 Charcoal (not warm enough)

Aran (09/17/2014)
These are easy to find. Depending on your gauge, the full worsted or aran pattern will be best for this combo.

red 1
red 2
green
gold
tan
brown
purple
grey
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn
Bernat Waverly
Loops & Threads Impeccable
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice

133 Brick
152 Terra Cotta
55013 Bark (discontinued)
01613 Gold
797 Light Taupe
124 Toffee
148 Burgundy (a little red)
125 Taupe (it's warm grey)

WOOL BLEND RECOMMENDATIONS (09/16/2013)
The combination of Patons Decor and Plymouth Encore Worsted works perfectly because they are the same yarn. Their content and appearance are quite identical, and they're imported from the same place. There are only so many fiber factories in Hungary/Turkey. The worsted or aran patterns are recommended for this yarn.

The green is a bit tricky here. The best wool blend option is to pick the neps out of the tweed as you go. It's slightly annoying but not a big deal. If you don't mind mixing fiber, you could always substitute Bernat Waverly 55013 Bark, but beware uneven stretching over the life of the scarf.

red
green 1
green 2
gold

tan
brown
purple
grey

Patons Decor
Plymouth Encore Tweed
Plymouth Encore
Plymouth Encore
Patons Decor
Plymouth Encore
Plymouth Encore
Plymouth Encore
87532 Rustic
0138 Mushroom (pick out the neps, too drab)
45 English Fern (wrong hue)
460 Golden Glow (a little bright)

87631 Taupe
1445 Burnished Heather
0468 Phlox
6001 Raccoon

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