Bark by Lynn Anne Banks
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January 2010
DeSoto Bend Alpacas Wool/Alpaca
DK (11 wpi) ?
4 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
79" x 7.5"
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Sometimes the simpler the better. This handsome scarf is knit in a very basic stitch with DK weight yarn, yet produces a pattern with both vertical and horizontal interest - like the “Bark” of a tree.

12/14/13 UPDATE: A knitter contacted me wanting to know how she could knit this as a cowl. She didn’t want to knit the scarf and then join the two ends together, but rather knit it circularly, many stitches on a needle. Here is the way -

CO 258 stitches (or any number you want that is a multiple of 4 plus 2) on 32 inch circular needle. I suggest the crocheted cast on, but any will do. Join in the round, being very careful not to twist yarn. Place a marker at the beginning of the round. Start knitting the pattern and complete to the marker. You should be able to just continue with the same pattern beyond the marker. It will self-correct, so that you are purling the knits and knitting the purls. Continue until desired width or 7.5 inches. The yardage used will be about the same as the scarf.