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Hop Brook’s elegant, tapered crescent shape results from gradually spaced increases and decreases in the garter stitch portion of the scarf. It is worked from one end to the other in fingering weight yarn.
Hop Brook is the fourth design in my 2015 All You Need Is One ebook collection of five patterns that require just one skein of yarn. It’s named after a lovely brook in my hometown, Amherst, Massachusetts (see last photo).
Finished (Blocked) Measurements: 67 inches/170 cm long (at top edge) by 17 inches/43 cm deep (at center)
--420 yds/385 m fingering weight yarn. Sample was knit with Elsa Wool Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight 100% U.S. Cormo wool; 450yd/412m per 4 oz. skein; color: Light Grey
YARDAGE NOTE: My sample used 398 yards and I rounded that up to 420 yards in the pattern. I had plenty of yarn left from my 450-yard skein after making both the scarf and a swatch. However, if you are knitting the scarf at a looser gauge than the pattern specifies, you will likely use more yarn and stand the chance of running out.
Knitting and blocking a gauge swatch in garter stitch is a good idea; adjust your needle size to get the correct gauge. If your working (unblocked) gauge is “spot on,” then it is probably too loose - the gauge given is for garter stitch AFTER BLOCKING.
--US #5/3.75mm needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
--Stitch marker, tapestry needle, stainless steel T-pins, blocking wires (optional)
Gauge: 19 sts/30 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking
To save time, check gauge. Making a garter stitch gauge swatch to determine needle size is highly recommended. If your gauge is loose, you may use more yarn.
Level of difficulty: Advanced beginner/intermediate. Some experience with lace is helpful, but not necessary.
Pattern format: Stitch patterns are provided in charts and in written, row-by-row form.
Read a blog post about the pattern here.