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Friday, May 29, 2009

Seaflower Scarf

This scarf is an easy classic with a little flavour. The pattern includes some good tips on scarf building, making this a superb first scarf, especially to practice your knits and purls.

Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 6" wide and 75" long lying flat

Gauge: not important (22 sts = 4" as given on ball band)
Yarn: 200g, 216 yds (200 m) super bulky weight yarn
Suggested Brand: 4 balls of Twilleys of Stamford Freedom wool shown in 408 “Moorland”

Needles/Hooks: 8 mm straight needles; medium crochet hook (to attach tassels)
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Using a hardcover book that is as wide as you would like your tassels to be long, wrap yarn around approx. 55 times. Set aside.
The advantage of making your tassels ahead of time is that you can now knit your scarf until you run right out of yarn and won't have to guess when to finish.

CO 15 sts (or an odd number).

Row 1: K1, P1

Repeat this row until scarf reaches desired length or until you run out of yarn. (Knits and purls should work out to fall opposite of each other, so that knits are sitting on top of purls and vice versa).

BO and weave in ends.

Pick up your book and cut the wraps at one side only. The advantage of using a hardcover book is that you can slide your scissors under the yarn at the edge where the pages are, but be careful not to wreck your book. You should have 55 strands that are twice as long as the width of your book.

Using three strands at a time, use your crochet hook to pull through and secure tassels at each end of your scarf: Insert your hook at one corner; hook three strands and pull through, pulling up a loop; turn hook and pick up the six loose ends of the strands; pull through and pull tight. Make seven tassels along each end.

With the yarn that is leftover from your tassels (you should only need 42 strands for that), cut remaining strands at various lengths and using your crochet hook, attach randomly to your scarf on one side only (using the same method you did for the tassels).