September 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, before blocking
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
110 - 220 yards (101 - 201 m)
6.25" X 30" or 6.25" X 57"
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Bracing is a scarf that you wear like a cowl. Or is it a cowl that you knit like a scarf? Either way, it will keep you warm and cozy with two different lengths and an infinitely adjustable fit. The shorter version is worn like a traditional cowl. The longer version can be worn the same way, or more loosely like an infinity scarf. Bracing is also an instant gratification project, being a quick knit in bulky yarn.

bracing ˈbreɪsɪŋ
refreshing; stimulating; invigorating
(Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) a system of braces used to strengthen or support

“Bracing” describes both kind of chilly day this scarf is made for, and the way the diagonal eyelets seem to support the central cable.

Notes on yarn substitution This pattern was written with a superwash yarn in mind, allowing for the expansion that sometimes happens after the first washing. The original prototype and most of the test knits were done in handwash-only yarns, such as Malabrigo Chunky Merino. If you wish to use a non-superwash yarn, a larger needle size, such as a 13, is recommended, and the scarf should be knit to the “after blocking” gauge and measurements. This information is also included in the pdf pattern.