The Riddle of the Miss Marple Vintage Scarf

marple_scarfIt 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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  1. Gigibird at 20:17

    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 at 08:00

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

  3. cynthia at 12:32

    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 at 17:02

    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. admin at 14:55

    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…

  6. Jacinta at 20:03

    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.

  7. Sheila at 23:03

    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 !

  8. Jennewrobo at 15:47

    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.

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