Hashiri Scarf by Jeanne Long

Hashiri Scarf

April 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Pattern ribbing, after blocking
US 9 - 5.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
8 inches by 64 inches, easily modified
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Hashiri (走り) translates from Japanese as produce from the first harvest of the season. The first fruits and vegetables of their kind to perfectly ripen each year are expected to be the most delicious and healthiest. These hashiri accordingly command top price and confer prestige on the grower and purchaser. They commonly are given as a generous gift that affirms the bond between giver and recipient.

Our Hashiri Scarf is inspired by the early edibles of spring. Strong vertical lines of plum grow on one side of the scarf, resembling the furrows and trellises of a garden. Bright green explodes into life on the other side in tangles and pops reminiscent of the leaves, vines, and first fruits of the year.

The pattern is worked from the simplest of techniques and can be completed comfortably by an adventurous beginner; each row uses only one color in a simply combination of knits, purls, and slipped stitches.

Worked in bright colors with strong contrast, the scarf is bold without being flamboyant; in a more subtle color combination, it is stylish and sophisticated.

Whether this is your first knit garment or just your first of this season, Hashiri Scarf is a delight to grow, wear, and gift.

Construction: Knit flat from end to end. Each row is worked in only one color, with the second color carried up the side, so there are no extra ends to weave in.

Yarn and Yardage: Approximately 200 yards each of the Dune Grass and Plum colorways of Why Knot Fibers’ unSalted. unSalted is available in regular (125 yard) and jumbo (250 yard) skeins.

Notions: A tapestry needle.

Instructions: The pattern includes fully written-out instructions.

Techniques Used: Knit, purl, and slipped stitches. Each row is worked in only one color, with the second color carried up the side.

Modifications: If you like to push your yardage to the limit, consider this in your knitterly discretion: Based on our test knitters’ experiences, a knitter with 250 yards in each of two colors (500 yards total) could likely widen the scarf to 39 stitches and still work a 64-inch long scarf. Similarly, the knitter could work the 31-stitch original as long as 85 inches.

Special Thanks: To Spring. We’re ready.