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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cockleshells Scarf

 This lightweight scarf is quite simple to make and knits up quickly. It is constructed of two halves knit from the bottom up and then grafted in the middle. The design evolved from the desire to get the most out of a luxury ball of lace weight yarn.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, yarn over, K2tog, psso

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 5.5" wide and 60" long lying flat after blocking

Gauge: not crucial (32 sts = 4" on 2.75 mm as given on Malabrigo ball band)
Yarn: 1 x 50 g, 300 yds (274 m) lace weight yarn
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Malabrigo lace; or 1 skein Jacques Cartier Qiviuk lace 2/14 shown in colour 4010

Needles: 3.5 mm straight or circular; 3.5 mm dpns (for grafting)
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook

Make two halves. 

Note: The original scarf was designed without a border, so the edges curl in slightly...if you would prefer your scarf to sit flat at the edges, I would recommend working a 3-st garter edge (knit the first and last 3 sts of every odd and even row) or work a 4-st 1x1 rib at each edge (K1, P1 twice at the beginning and end of each row). I chose not to in this case simply because I find garter stitch to be a little bit abrasive, but it’s nice to have flat fabric!

CO 72 sts (or a multiple of 15 + 12).

Row 1 (and all odd rows): purl
Row 2: *K12, YO, Sl 1, K2tog, psso, YO*, rep from * to * to last 12 sts, K12.

Rep these two rows 9 times more; 20 rows total.

Rep Row 1 once more. Begin decreases:

Row 22: *K3tog tbl, K6, K3tog, YO, K3, YO*, rep from * to * to last 12 sts, K3tog tbl, K6, K3tog.
Row 23: purl
Row 24: *K3tog tbl, K2, K3tog, YO, K5, YO*, rep from * to * to last 8 sts, K3tog tbl, K2, K3tog.
Row 26: *K2tog tbl, K2tog, YO, K7, YO*, rep from * to * to last 4 sts, K2tog tbl, K2tog. 46 sts.
Row 28: K2tog tbl, *K9, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end. 41 sts.

Row 30: K9, *YO, Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K7*, rep from * to * to last 12 sts, YO, Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K9.
Row 31: purl

Rep these two rows for patt until scarf measures approx. 30" or half of the desired length. Once you have completed both ends, place the pieces on dpns and graft together using Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends. Block lightly.

See link for grafting help: