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Recipe for a Slightly Clerical Scarf

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Dear Ann,
People are wanting the recipe for the stashhappy bias scarf I made for the Red Scarf Project. Once you know how to do something, like making biscuits or knitting on the bias, you forget that there was a time that you didn’t know how. Emma first taught me this venerable technique as a way of knitting squares to a specific measurement even if one is gauge-impaired. ( I made the main section 36 stitches wide for kabbalistic good wishes (36 being a multiple of 18, the number that sounds the same as “life” in Hebrew), but you can make it as wide or as narrow as you like.)
Ingredients
A 1 ball Classic Elite Waterlily in Bramble
B 1 ball Knit Picks Swish Superwash in Clematis Heather
C 1 ball Knit Picks Alpaca Silk in Hollyberry
D 1 ball Lang Soft Shetland in 62 (soft grey with a pinkish haze)
Gear
US 5 (3.75mm) needles
Gauge: Well-mannered and discreet
Finished measurements: 4 1/2″ (11cm) x 82″ (208cm)
Instructions
Increase Section

Using A, make a slip knot and place it on the left needle. Knit into the front and back of the stitch (KFB). On the next row (WS), knit 2. Continue increasing on one edge by repeating the following 2 rows until you have 36 stitches (or to the desired width). (Tip: You can yourself to RS and WS by placing a safety pin on the RS, but after a few increases, the diagonal line of increases will be on the right edge when you are working the RS, and on the left edge when you are working the WS.)
RS rows: KFB, knit to the end of the row.
WS rows: Knit.
End with a WS row.
Main Section
Repeat the following 2 rows until the scarf is the desired length and/or you have used up all the yarn.
RS rows: SSK, knit to the last stitch, KFB.
WS rows: Knit.
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Note on stripes: To create stripes between the blocks of color, join in the next ball of yarn when the first ball still has a few garter ridges left to knit, and begin alternating 2-row stripes until the first color is exhausted. Do the same with each color (B,C, and D) in succession.
Decrease Section
When you are about 2/3 through the last ball of yarn, work the decrease section, starting with a RS row and repeating the following 2 rows until you have only one stitch left.
RS rows: SSK, knit to the end of the row.
WS rows: Knit.
When only 1 stitch remains, fasten it off. Weave in the ends, put it on, and give someone a blessing.
Dominus vobiscum!
Love,
Kay
P.S. The mix of media for my mystery mixed media project does not include bleach. Just saying. Also it’s not pillercases. Think bigger!

35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Beautiful. If you’re gonna procrastinate by writing the pattern for this thing, I’m going to procrastinate by knitting the thing.
    Off to peruse my stawsh.
    (It really is beautiful. More beautiful than some of the Find n Replaces going on down here right now . . .)

  2. Thanks for the pattern!

  3. Thank you so much. I am always trying to find new stoles, and will contemplate how to do this in something for that overlong green season.

  4. Mixed media project? I’m going to guess “a quilt or throw with knitted edging”.

  5. Love it, a perfect Red Scarf scarf. May just go knit one myself. Nothing in my orbit is well-behaved and discreet lately, so this may just fill avoid!

  6. Sheets! I knew it was sheets! What a luxury. But with a hand knit less edge, you elevate the care of sheets from merely drying them in the dryer to either hanging them on the line to whip briskly in the fresh air or machine drying and, big breath, IRONING them. Yikes.

  7. Sheets! I knew it was sheets! What a luxury. But with a hand knit lace edge, you elevate the care of sheets from merely drying them in the dryer to either hanging them on the line to whip briskly in the fresh air or machine drying and, big breath, IRONING them. Yikes.

  8. Sorry about the double post…saw the “less” instead of “lace” — it’s super early here on the left coast… ah, well. That’s why there’s the Preview option.

  9. I’m guessing a bed skirt, not sheets.
    My friend in colledge had a bed skirt that her grandmother edged in crochetted lace. I was covetting them pretty hard. I tried to convince my mom to stop crochetting doilies in favor of 6 yards of lace… she didn’t go for it.

  10. That looks great, thanks for the recipe.

  11. Tablecloths?

  12. I agree with the tablecloth guess. It was my second thought yesterday. My first thought was actually a skirt or dress with the handknit lace trim.

  13. Not pillow cases? Good, then Carrie gets her new Skirt!!!!

  14. Not pillow cases? Good, then Carrie gets her new Skirt!!!!

  15. Aww..I really wanted it to be pillowcases..

  16. Aww..I really wanted it to be pillowcases..

  17. How exactly does one get one’s gauge to be Well-mannered and discreet?

  18. Absolutely beautiful!
    And just FYI, if you’re interested, 18 is indeed the number for life in Hebrew – since each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent. But it doesn’t “sound” like the word for life. The number 18 (shmonah-essray) and the word for life (chaim) are pronounced differently.
    Just a nit, but I thought you might like to know.
    Thanks for sharing the scarf pattern. It’s gorgeous with those colors!

  19. What a clever idea with the stripes! This is again one of those moments when I have to think what really have I been doing all these years as a knitter, as this hasn’t come even close to my mind.

  20. What a clever idea with the stripes! This is one of those moments when I have to wonder what really have I been doing all these years as a knitter, as this hasn’t come even close to my mind.

  21. What a clever idea with the stripes! This is one of those moments when I have to wonder what really have I been doing all these years as a knitter, as this hasn’t come even close to my mind.

  22. Those are just my favorite colors.

  23. Hi kay,
    Is the pattern correct? When I started knitting the main body, the scarf veered off into a chevron shape. I ripped back down and this time, kfb at the beginning of the row and ssk at the end of the row. This (so far) looks like it is matching the picture.
    We’ll see when i’m a few more rows in.
    Cara

  24. Et cum spiritu tuo.
    :)

  25. Et cum spiritu tuo.
    :)

  26. Cara,
    I ran into the same issue with the pattern and made the same switch you did and it seems to be working out great based on what I think it should look like.
    Jennie

  27. Thanks, Cara! I thought it was my rookie knitting that was to blame. I frogged the whole thing but your comment has the scarf back in the queue–after I finish my first felted purse.
    Barbara

  28. how do you carry the yarn from side to side?

  29. how do you carry the yarn from side to side?

  30. I can’t be bothered with remembering right side/wrong side (the ultimate lazy knitter)so I increase at the beginning of every row for the increase portion (gives a straight edge for the bottom, not the nice point) and then increase at the beginning of one row and decrease at the beginning to the next. Which is which becomes clear pretty quickly. Love the stripes! What a great way to incorporate those odd balls.

  31. A pieced duvet cover with lace trim? Not trimming the edge (too pedestrian), but run across in strips with a ribbon woven through those eyelets? And buttons, there are buttons involved, yes? Really cool buttons. Knowing your quilt thing, it could be a quilt–not a duvet. I just have duvet on the brain lately.

  32. Thanks for the knitting pattern! The dark berry colors are so beautiful. I’m adding it to my “scarf to do” list for this week.

  33. F.Y.I.–I just reached the decrease rows (I’m new at this and slow) and discovered that in order to make the nice diagonal end to match the start, you need to SSK at the beginning AND END of every RS row, otherwise you start the whole chevron thing again.
    Love the stripes and the pattern. Next time I’m using more colors and shorter solid sections.

  34. FYI–I just reached the decrease rows (I’m new at this and slow) and it should read:
    RS rows: SSK, knit to the last 2 stitches, SSK.
    Without that second SSK you get the whole chevron thing starting again.
    Love the pattern, love the stripes. Next time I’m using more colors and shorter solid sections.

  35. I too thought this scarf was wonderful, and I just had to try it out.
    I’ve been having no end of trouble with it, and have started and ripped it about five times.
    I had that same problem as Cara, where starting on the main body section, the scarf veered off in an odd direction.
    Then I tried knitting straight up, which gave the pointy end as shown, but the rows in the pointy bit were straight across, not diagonal like in the picture, and of course just knitting straight up gave straight rows too.
    I tried Cara’s technique, but that still left the rows in the pointy bit going sideways as per normal knitting, not diagonal.
    I just don’t know how to make this pattern work like in the pictures. Sigh.