Mainline by Tess Young


March 2013
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in main stitch pattern after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
362 yards (331 m)
one size
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Mainline is all about texture and shape. A simple textured edge to avoid curl, and a raised main stitch; the crescent shaped will hug you around the neck and shoulders.

It is knitted lengthwise from the bottom up which does mean a bit of a mammoth cast on, but if you use markers you can place them each repeat as you cast on, which helps you keep track and not have to count lots of stitches.

Once established, the main pattern is easy to follow from reading your knitting on both right and wrong side and the knitting speeds along. By the time you reach the first set of decreases you’re over half way through your project.

The pattern contains both written and charted instructions and the scarf comprises 18 repeats of the pattern section. You can easily add more sections if you want a longer/wider scarf.

Please note: When your scarf/shawlette comes off the needles it may look a little underwhelming and alas your work is not done - it really does need to be blocked. The Chickadee is perfect for this pattern because it will not only withstand a harsh blocking but positively welcome it. Only through a good blocking will you open up the stitch pattern to really show off all those meticulously knitted twisted stitches and achieve both a good drape and the finished measurements. The cast off edge will form a closed houseshoe shape for blocking and to really open out the twisted stitch sections, block to points with the tip of the points at the centre of the reverse stocking stitch sections between the twisted stitch repeats. Don’t be afraid of blocking harshly, the bounce and bloom in the Chickadee will work with you here. There are a couple of close ups on my project page to show how the stitch pattern should open up witth blocking.

Finished measurements
37 ½“ 95 cm wingspan across top edge and 6 ½”
16.5 cm long at points
Chickadee by Quince & Co.
(100% American wool; 181yd 166m/50g)
• 2 skeins Bird’s Egg 106
• One 32” circular needle (circ) in size US 5 3.75 mm
Or size to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers (m)
• Tapestry needle
36 sts and 34 rows = 4” 10 cm in twisted stitch pattern,
before blocking
27 sts and 35 rows = 4” 10 cm in twisted stitch pattern,
after blocking.

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