12/06/16: Make this scarf.

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You’ll be so glad you did. It’s a pattern that’s impossible to forget, just so many knits followed by so many purls, over and over.

Don’t want this grand a scarf? Cast on fewer stitches* and shorten it up to have it ready in plenty of time to be tied up with a bow. Make it wider for a wrap or stole. Make a quick baby blanket when you knit it as a square, or make it a bit longer for a comfy afghan. That’s how easy and versatile this pattern – Broken Garter – can be. It’s enjoying the spotlight right now thanks to the success of Sequence Knitting by Cecilia Campochiaro.

Here are the instructions for our scarf, which was made with delicious Fibre Company Acadia:

Materials
2 skeins each of 2 colors Fibre Company Acadia (60% wool/20% alpaca/20% silk; 50g/145 yards) for body of scarf + approx. 10 yards contrast color for edging
or 590 yards total similar DK/light worsted weight yarn
Sample worked in Granite, Thunder Bay, and Poppy
US 8 needle
 
Size
9.5” x 80” after blocking
*To alter width, cast on more or fewer stitches in multiples of 14 + 7.
 
Abbreviations
C1    Color 1
C2    Color 2
CC    Contrast color for edging
k       knit
p       purl

Pattern :
With CC, cast on 49 stitches.
Pattern Row (Row 1 and every row): [k7, p7], repeat [ ] twice more to last 7 stitches, k7.
Work 4 pattern rows total in CC.
Cut CC, pick up C1 and work 2 pattern rows.
Drop C1, pick up C2 and work 2 pattern rows.
Repeat sequence of 2 pattern rows C1 followed by 2 pattern rows C2 to desired length, ending with C1. Cut C1 and C2, pick up CC and work 4 pattern rows. Bind off loosely in pattern on next row with CC.
When switching between C1 and C2, leave the “old” yarn hanging to the back and take up the “new” yarn from 2 rows below, trapping the “old” strand against the edge. When cutting yarn, leave at least a 6-8” tail to allow the yarn end to be woven in with a darning needle.

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Here’s another easy-repeat pattern for a slightly more adventurous knitter, Jill’s worsted weight adaptation of Christy Kamm’s ZickZack Scarf:

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Follow the original pattern, written for fingering weight yarn, but cast on 60 stitches rather than 96. That’s it.Jill used Cascade Melilla and a US 8 for her 10½ x 60″ scarf.  If you’d like the full written pattern, it’s free with a purchase of Melilla or Lang Viva, another of our self-striping worsteds.

It’s easy to fall in love with the hand-dyed wonderfulness of Wonderland Queen of Hearts merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn in the skein, but how does it knit up? We can thank Francie for sharing her in-progress toe-up socks to see it’s just as spectacular on the needles.

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A recent class covered top-down sweater knitting basics using the free pattern Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk. This is a teeny tiny sweater for a newborn, but the designer also offers an upsized version for children up to 2 years, Beyond Puerperium*. Here’s my class sample in tosh dk from madelinetosh. If you’re a button lover, how can you resist?

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And Renee’s, also in tosh dk, color Liquid Gold. She said she had fun finding just the perfect tiger eye buttons and making a wee matching Barley hat from tincanknits.

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Joanne took Carolyn Kern’s Baa-ble Hat* class on getting gauge in stranded knitting. Her fanciful flock was made with Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers.

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Stephanie stranded Acadia from the Fibre Company for her #09 Fair Isle Cowl. (Gudrun Johnston’s pattern appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting.) How could I not snap both the handsome outside and the handsome inside, too?

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Wanda fell hard for cozy Malabrigo Caracol in the stunning black & white colorway. With it she made Merlene Paynter’s 2 Hour Cozy Cowl

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…and Taiga Hilliard’s Twindom shawl, both free patterns on Ravelry.

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Bonnie used a smoky grey gradient pack of Queen of Hearts mini skeins from Wonderland for her elegant Herald* from designer Janina Kallio.

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The Endless Wrap* from Sylvia Hager for Blue Sky Fibers was easily the most popular pattern in the shop this fall – but it isn’t called “endless” for nothing. Joan came up with a brilliant idea for taming her lovely wrap in Cast Iron to make it both stylish and simple to wear: a repositionable Jūl leather closure.

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Just a toss over the shoulder and it’s good to go.

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Below, Joan’s Endless Wrap, unbound.

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I knit Carolyn Kern’s cable-licious Just Chillin’ Hat* in tosh dk and used Carolyn’s clever button trick to add a removable pompom. Sans and avec:

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Jenny Gordy’s Doe Cap is almost too cute for words. Tina chose Classic Alpaca from the Alpaca Yarn Company for hers. Lucky is the baby who receives this sweet little cap.

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And, with the season of giving upon us, it’s fitting to end with Brigid’s jolly Christmas stocking in Cascade Pacific Chunky. The pattern is Diane Soucy’s #277 Easy Christmas Stocking*. She’s now working on stocking #2 and says in the new year she’ll be ready to trade her US 10s for 1s and knit her first pair of real socks!

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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