Dragon Curve Fractal Scarf Pattern
Fractals have always fascinated me. They are a beautiful combination of mathematics and art. At its most basic level, a fractal is a pattern that looks similar at every level of magnification. The Dragon Curve Fractal is the fractal featured in the chapter headings for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
The Dragon Curve Fractal is created by applying a transformation to a line multiple times as follows:
I designed this scarf to show off the lacy design of the Dragon Curve Fractal. It is a medium weight, double knit scarf that features the fractal repeated all along the length of the scarf. Contrasting yarns show off the design, especially if one of the yarns is a variegated yarn. The length of the scarf is customizable, depending on how many repeats of the charts are worked.
The pattern calls for 250-300 yards each of two contrasting fingering weight yarns for a 52 inch (132 cm) length scarf, which is fairly short. Length can be increased as directed using additional yarn.
NOTE: This pattern does not include instructions for the double knitting technique. It is assumed that the knitter already knows how to double knit. There are tutorials on Ravelry and on YouTube to learn how to double knit. Since this is a fairly complicated double knitting pattern, if you are unfamiliar with the technique, I suggest trying a simpler pattern first, such as my Fire Dragon Scarf or any of the wonderful double knitting patterns on Ravelry.
- Size 1 US (2.25mm) needles
- Approximately 250-300 yards each of two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn for a 52 inch (132 cm) length scarf. Length can be increased as directed using additional yarn.
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends.