Thursday, January 20, 2011

Green Acres Scarf


From the sheep at Jager Farm in Massachusetts, to the booth at Rhinebeck's NY Sheep & Wool Festival, to the streets of NYC, two skeins of hand-spun Icelandic yarn make a warm, light-as-a feather scarf.  It's long enough for a stole.  Knitted lengthwise it keeps its shape.  The tipped ends are picked up and stitched down for a flat, sophisticated edge. . . black, of course.


Materials:
Two skeins Jager Farm Icelandics Sport - 260 yds ea/520 yds total
Approx. 40 yds Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light - black

Needles: 
Size 8 US
Size 4 US

Gauge:
16 sts = 4 inches on US8

Finished size:
68" x 10"

Cast on 262 stitches.
Knit 11 rows (garter stitch pattern).
*Purl 1 row.
Knit 11 rows.*
Repeat from * to * 5 times.
Knit 11 rows.  Bind off.

On each short end, with smaller needles pick up one stitch per garter stitch row.  When you come to the Stockinette rows, tuck them under the garter rows to form a pleat, and pick up those stitches through all thicknesses.  These little pleats bring in the short edges for a slightly tapered shape.  Purl the first row (WS), and continue in stockinette stitch until edge is 3/8 to 1/2" wide.  On RS row, purl one row creating a neat fold line.  Purl the next row, and continue in stockinette stitch for 1/2".  Bind off.  Hand stitch bound off edge to cover edge of picked up stitches.  Wet block.