6666 Scarf

Red barn from the 6666 Ranch at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas

This scarf is named after the 6666 Ranch (a.k.a. Four Sixes Ranch), a historic 458,000 acre ranch in Texas.  The main  ranch is located near the town of Guthrie in King County, Texas and the main ranch house is off U.S. Highway 82. The Dixon Creek section is located in Carson and Hutchinson Counties. The ranch was established by Captain Samuel Burk Burnett in 1900 with land he purchased from the Louisville Land and Cattle Company.  According to legend, the ranch got its name because Burk Burnett won the land in a poker game with four sixes. However, he and his descendants maintain that  the name comes from the first herd of cattle he raised on the ranch, which was branded ‘6666.’

6666 Scarf

Materials:
Yarn: 4:Medium, 3:Light or 2:Fine weight yarn (knitting worsted on size US10(6.0 mm) makes a scarf approximately 54 inches in length) SWATCH!
Needles: US size 11(8.0 mm) to US size 6(4.0 mm)
Notions: Two stitch markers.

Your yarn choices and needle size choices will dictate whether you will end up with a wide winter scarf or a light lacy accessory. FYI, Rows 15-24 are rows 1-12 in reverse order with rows 13 and 14 as the center point. SWATCH!

Cast on 35 by long tail method.
Border:
As you cast on, place stitch markers after the 5th stitch and after the 30th stitch for the garter stitch border. Knit the first 5 and last 5 stitches on every row.

Pattern Stitch
The pattern stitch is worked on the 25 stitches between the markers:
Row 1: *K1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 six times.
Row 3: *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * until 1 stitches remains, K1.
Row 4: Purl.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 six times.
Row 5: *P1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 6: Purl.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 six times
Row 7: *P1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 8: Purl.
Repeat rows 7 and 8 six times.
Row 9: *P1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 10: *k1, p5, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 9 and 10 six times
Row 11: *P1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 12: *k1, p5, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 11 and 12 six times.
Row 13: *K1, ssk, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 14: P3, *k1, p5, repeat from * until 4 stitches remain, k1, p3.
Repeat Rows 13 and 14 six times
Row 15: *P1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 16: *k1, p5, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 15 and 16 six times
Row 17: *P1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 18: Purl.
Repeat rows 17 and 18 six times.
Row 19: *P1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.
Row 20: Purl.
Repeat rows 19 and 20 six times
Row 21: *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * until 1 stitches remains, K1.
Row 22: Purl.
Repeat rows 21 and 22 six times.
Row 23: *K1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 24: Purl.
Repeat rows 23 and 24 five times.
Row 25: *K1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 26: bind off purlwise.

Variations:
The stitch pattern is in multiples of 6 + 1.
Cast on 19 and knit only the pattern stitch without the borders for a narrower scarf.
Cast on 29 and work for a narrower scarf
Cast on 87 and work for a rectangular shawl.
Cast on 107 in fine baby yarn on US size 8 (5.0 mm) and work for a baby afghan.

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