søndag 13. januar 2019


Baktus is a scarf that was all over the Norwegian knitting blogs some time in the noughties. I made my own version and was asked to share my instructions on Ravelry. So, this is not my invention, rather my take on a popular knitted accessory.

Baktus is an easy way to knit a triangular scarf, or small shawl if you will. If you weigh your skein(s) it's also a good project for using up your exact amount of yarn. Just start decreasing when you have used up almost half of your yarn (almost, because you don't want to play yarn chicken in the end). The one in the photo here is my first Baktus. I have made many more since then.


This works with any kind of yarn, but I prefer a less than bulky yarn. For the Baktus in the above photo I used one skein of Hello Yarn sock yarn.

How to knit:

Choose needles that go well with the yarn you use.

To be able to know when I had used up half of my skein, I used a scale: I weighed my yarn before casting on. Weighing the skein every now and then, I started decreasing when I had about 50% of the skein left.

Cast on 4.
Row 1: Knit 1, YO, knit the rest of the row.
Row 2: Knit, make sure you knit the YO through the back loop.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 through 4 until you have used up half your yarn, or until your scarf is 50% of desired length.

Then decrease 1 every 4th row:
Row 1: Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together through the back loop. Knit the rest of the row.
Rows 2, 3 and 4: Knit.

When you have 4 stitches left, bind off.

You can increase and decrease in a number of ways, use the ones you like.
If you do this in stockinette, you will have a Karius scarf instead of a Baktus.
Karius and Baktus are two characters in a Norwegian children's classic.

In this green version for my husband I increased / decreased every 6 rows instead of every 4 rows, thus making a longer and narrower scarf.

I'm sharing all my patterns with a CC license, which means you can share, alter and use them any way you like, except sell them for money. My photos are my own, all rights reserved.