The Riddle of the Miss Marple Vintage Scarf

Miss Marple Vintage Scarf - my interpretation

Miss Marple Vintage Scarf - Skiff stylee

It all started with an email through the website from a lovely lady looking for a pattern for a keyhole scarf she’d seen on an episode of Miss Marple.  I sympathised – I’ve been known to grab the camera and take snaps of the TV screen myself when something knitted takes my fancy, and what do you know, here was another TV-knitting-snapper.

I thought the pattern had to be out there so did a search on the web but with no luck – what would Elizabeth Zimmerman do in these circumstances (assuming she was a Miss Marple fan)? Grab her needles and some graph paper – and a pen to write down witty, bone-dry comments – and make up her own, so in the spirit of Zimmerman I did the same (minus the witty comments).  I ordered some fine yarn (UK Alpaca Super Fine DK in ‘Fawn’), did some tension swatches and off I went.  Okay, a scarf’s not the most difficult of things to create, but after a false start I was steaming ahead and feeling pretty chuffed, especially when the keyhole segment worked like a dream.

I typed up the instructions, hit the .pdf creation button … then inevitably found the pattern by chance (through Ravelry of course). My version doesn’t differ that much: the stitch is a little finer, it’s a bit fuller (and bigger overall from what I can see) and the approach to the keyhole section differs where I went off-road and did a simple graft onto the original body of the knitting.  Either way, it’s a sweet scarf … I’m planning another one in black with some white crocheted edging for a dressier version.

Skiff’s Miss Marple Vintage Scarf instructions

Original vintage scarf instructions



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13 Responses to “The Riddle of the Miss Marple Vintage Scarf”

  1. Gigibird says:

    Dreams do come true.
    I saw this a few weeks ago and thought to myself I wish I had the pattern to knit that scarf….thank you so much for sharing and doing all the research.
    When I next pop into the shop I hope to be wearing my Miss Marple scarf:)

  2. admin says:

    Excellent, glad to have been of service – look forward to seeing the finished result when you’re next in!

  3. cynthia says:

    i love this pattern – but how would i turn it into a crochet pattern? i can not knit for the life of me! lol but i can crochet up a storm! i hope you can help! thank you i advance and you’re right, there is nothing out there on the web for this pattern!

  4. admin says:

    Hmm good question Cynthia – I think double crochet would be a good strong stitch for this … I’ll have a go at a couple of tension squares and see if I can come up with something. Bear with me, I’m spinning plates at the moment (erm, not literally obviously) so it might take a few weeks!

  5. Sheila says:

    we knitted this scarf as top juniors in about 1971 as our knitting craft project!

  6. admin says:

    How excellent! Were you given any history behind it, like where the pattern came from? And, more to the point, do you still have it? Bring back knitting in schools I say…

  7. Jacinta says:

    Well Well I can hardly believe my eyes, at last the illusive scarf and pattern. I am transported in my mind back to school when we enjoyed knitting this scarf so much. Thank you so much for brining it back to life, can’t wait to get knitting it again.

  8. Razza says:

    Is this pattern up on ravelry? I’ve searched but I can’t find it.

  9. admin says:

    Hello, yes it is, I should have included the link in the post – it’s in quite a few project queues too:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bow-knot-scarf

  10. Sheila says:

    Just did a search for a vintage scarf pattern and yours came up ! – my uncle gave me a lot of knitting today (for a craft stall I’m doing) that my aunt did quite a few years ago that he’d kept and in it was 2 of these scarves !
    She must have done them from an original pattern and they are in DK, the max number of stitches is 29 in gst and 15 stitches in rib (where the scarf decreases).
    I’m definitely going to have a go at one !

  11. Jennewrobo says:

    Many thanks for posting this fab scarf. I was given some Debbie Bliss wool which had knitted up perfectly. I have had lots of requests!!! I’m going to be busy.

  12. Jane Marple says:

    Such a wonderful scarf!

  13. Henrietta says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been looking for this pattern for ages. I knitted it in the early 1960s when I was about 12. It was a wet summer holiday, I was bored and I found a copy of a Paton & Baldwin knitting pattern book, some needles and wool. I was already a knitter so off I went. Pale blue double knitting wool if I remember correctly.

    The cravat went to an Aunt as a Christmas present that year (in our family, hand-made gifts were considered far superior to anything you could buy in a shop!) but the book went missing over the years in one of my mother’s periodic chuck outs.

    Thanks again.

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