Kimmswick by Julie Hoover
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February 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in circular stranded colorwork with needle A, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1215 - 2200 yards (1111 - 2012 m)
8" wide and 72" long
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Kimmswick puts a modern twist on one of knitting’s most traditional and well-loved styles — the Shetland tube scarf. Worked circularly throughout at a relaxed gauge, the double-layer of stranded fabric creates a lusciously soft and pliable garment. Large graphic diamonds adorn each end of the scarf while smaller stripe and check patterns fill the center area. Work bold or neutral color schemes in woolen-spun Loft for a well-blended painterly effect, or in worsted-spun Peerie to render the motifs crisply, like stained glass.

Loft Version

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)

  • 1 skein each of Color 1 (C1), Color 2 (C2), Color 5 (C5), and Color 6 (C6)
  • 2 skeins each of Color 3 (C3) and Color 4 (C4)
  • Photographed in Fossil (C1), Truffle Hunt (C2), Woodsmoke (C3), Nest (C4), Embers (C5), and Hayloft (C6)

Peerie Version

Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino Wool; 210 yards/50 grams)

  • 1 skein each of Color 2 (C2), Color 5 (C5), and Color 6 (C6)
  • 2 skeins each of Color 1 (C1), Color 3 (C3), and Color 4 (C4)
  • Photographed in Muslin (C1), Loam (C2), Palazzo (C3), Alizarin (C4), Firebrush (C5), and Burnished (C6)


Loft Version

Fingering weight wool yarn in the following amounts:
* 238 yards C1; 158 yards C2; 328 yards C3; 298 yards C4; 85 yards C5; 108 yards C6

Peerie Version

Fingering weight wool yarn in the following amounts:
* 262 yards C1; 174 yards C2; 361 yards C3; 328 yards C4; 94 yards C5; 119 yards C6


  • 25 stitches and 28 rounds = 4″ in charted colorwork with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Colorwork)

  • One 16″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Single-Color Rounds of Stockinette Stitch)

  • One 16″ circular needle*, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Due to significant variance among knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched and wet-blocked prior to knitting your scarf to determine whether or not Size B should be larger, smaller or equal to Size A.

*32” circular needle can be used instead of 16” circular needle if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished Dimensions

  • 8″ [20.5 cm] width; 16″ [40.5 cm] circumference; 72″ [183 cm] length

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Provisional Cast On: Crochet Chain Method
  • Color Dominance
  • Speed Swatching for Circular Knitting
  • Joinery Bind Off

Skill Level

  • 3 out of 5: Intermediate

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.