Just before I headed off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace I was completely mesmerised by the most beautiful scarf on Instagram. The multicoloured zigzag pattern was so reminiscent of Missoni that I simply assumed it was completely beyond my means.
However, after a little online research I found the knitting pattern and discovered it was made up in two contrasting colours of Lang Millie Colori Baby merino yarn. The pattern ZichZach by Christy Kamm is so simple but clever. Entirely in garter stitch, including some increases and decreases to create the zigzag and switching between the contrasting yarns every two rows creates the most striking pattern. It is completely random so you want to keep knitting to see what colour combinations appear and the contrasting yarns create a subtlety you simply would not expect when looking at the individual colours.
If you would like to have a go then the free pattern is available on Ravelry. I have knitted my version on a slightly larger 3.5mm needle, cast on 84 rather than 96 stitches and worked with 2 balls each of colours 51 and 53.
Row 1: Colour 1 *k5, k2tog, k4, kfb repeat from * 6 more times (7 x 12 sts)
Row 2: Colour 1 *k5, k2tog, k4, kfb repeat from * 6 more times
Row 3: Colour 2 *k5, k2tog, k4, kfb repeat from * 6 more times
Row 4: Colour 2 *k5, k2tog, k4, kfb repeat from * 6 more times
Continue knitting rows 1 to 4 until you almost run out of yarn then cast off loosely.