April Showers Scarf
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Whit’s Knits: April Showers Scarf
March 29, 2008
• 1 ball of Jade Sapphire’s Lacey Lamb, 100% extrafine lambswool (This color is #305 Key Largo.)
• 1 skein of Alchemy’s Silken Straw, 100% silk (This is #73w Blue Ice.)
• US #7 needles (I used and recommend a 24” Skacel Addi Lace needle. With sharp points especially designed for lace knitting, these needles make knitting Row 8 of this pattern much easier than any other needle option. They are also a little less slippery than the regular Addi Turbo needles, which is welcome here because the Silken Straw can be a little wily.)
6 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
4 inches wide and 52 inches long
(Don’t be alarmed if your scarf appears too short; it really grows after you block it!)
• Use one strand of each yarn throughout this pattern.
• For a nice neat selvedge, slip the first stitch of every row as if to knit.
• If you want to narrow or widen your scarf, cast on a multiple of 9 stitches plus 3 (ie 9 x 2 = 18 + 3 = 21; 30, 39, 48, etc.)
Cast on 30 stitches.
Preparation: Knit 2 rows.
Row 1: K2, yo, k8, yo, k1, repeat from to last stitch, k1. (36 stitches)
Row 2: K3, p8, k3, repeat from to end.
Row 3: K3, yo, k8, yo, k3, repeat from to end. (42 stitches)
Row 4: K4, p8, k5, repeat from, ending last repeat with k4.
Row 5: K4, yo, k8, yo, k5, repeat from, ending last repeat with k4. (48 stitches)
Row 6: K5, p8, k7, repeat from, ending last repeat with k5.
Row 7: K5, k4 together through the back loop, k4 together, k7, repeat from, ending last repeat with k5. (30 stitches)
Row 8: Knit
Repeat the last 8 rows until about 2 yards of Silken Straw remain (for me that was 36 more times). After the final Row 8, knit 1 more row and bind off.
Your scarf probably looks kind of lumpy and feels a little scratchy. Don’t fear! Soak it in room temperature water, squeeze the excess water out of it, and lay it flat on a towel to dry. It will become beautifully smooth and wonderfully soft - guaranteed!