Damascena by Bethany Axtman


June 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in two-color stranded pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
724 yards (662 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

Damascena is a stranded tubular scarf that plays on the classic argyle color pattern and its variants in just two contrasting shades. The sport-weight yarn makes for steady progress, the same root color pattern keeps things predictable, and the color shifts kick in just frequently enough to save you from boredom.

Worn long and loose, it’s an interesting gradient from light to dark and back again. Doubled up, you can choose to stack the light and dark inverse patterns or keep the matching argyles front and center.

Finished Measurements
Width: 5 inches
Length: 58 inches

Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% wool; 181yd/166m per 50g skein)

  • MC: Iceland; 2 skeins
  • CC: Damson; 2 skeins

The scarf is finished by grafting your live stitches to the cast-on edge. This allows the color pattern to be joined invisibly without a plain row or a half-stitch offset. The cast-on edge is hidden inside the tubular fabric. This version of grafting is used less commonly than the usual method that joins two sets of live stitches, but it’s not any trickier. A detailed photo tutorial on this technique is included.