Kokuhaku by Jeanne Long


May 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, after blocking for width
US 5 - 3.75 mm
400 - 438 yards (366 - 401 m)
11" x 63", easily adjustable
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“Kokuhaku” (告白) translates from Japanese as making a confession or revealing something, but it most commonly refers to a first declaration of romantic interest. When such a confession is made and accepted, it marks the transition from casually dating to something more serious; it is an acknowledgement that both people see a real future for the relationship.

Our Kokuhaku is a lacy scarf, knit end to end in one piece. It embodies the possibilities and hope inherent in recognizing and revealing one’s heart, and the beautiful metamorphosis that happens when a kernel of feeling is reciprocated and grows to twine two hearts and lives together. The foundation of this scarf is a simple 16-row repeat that results in a softly geometric pattern of diamonds. The center panel features smaller diamonds that grow into larger ones, while the largest diamonds at the outer edges are intertwined with continuous scrolls of lace.

Yarn and Yardage. One skein of Why Knot Fibers’ Seduction, a dreamy fingering weight yarn that blends alpaca, linen, and silk, or approximately 420 yards of fingering-weight yarn.

Modifications. Kokuhaku is easily adjustable both width- and length-wise, and it could be lovely worked in weights of yarn other than fingering.

Notions. Stitch markers and a tapestry needle

Techniques. Knit (k), purl (p), yarn over (yo), slip slip knit (ssk), knit two together (k2tog), slip knit pass stitch over (sl1-k1-psso).

Instructions. The pattern includes both charted and fully written instructions.