Mako by Laura Patterson


January 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15.75 stitches and 25.5 rows = 4 inches
in stitch pattern, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
one size
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In general, SCUBA divers have a slightly different view of sharks than most people. Not only do we actually want to see them, but some divers go out of their way in search of things like hammerhead sharks, because they are such fascinating creatures. My husband and I have seen quite a few sharks in our undersea adventures: reef sharks, nurse sharks… They’re sleek, menacing, fast. So when I saw this fabulous old stitch pattern, Aunt Jenny’s Shark’s Tooth Edging, not only did I have to use it in a design, but I had to name the scarf for one of the many shark species: the mako (pronounced may-koh) shark. When the scarf is laid out flat the edging clearly looks like a row of shark’s teeth.

Scarf is worked from one end to the other (with at most 56 sts across), starting and ending with just a handful of stitches on the needle. The lower lace border and upper edge grow quickly from the 7-stitch cast on, then reduce down to an equally short bind off row. Just try to knit this without a certain movie’s theme song repeating in your head.

Size (length x height): 14.25 x 60 inches; 36 x 152 cm.

Yarn: 400 yards fingering weight yarn.

Skills: k2tog, ssk, p2tog YO, double YO, YO on wrong side, make 1.

Other supplies: One stitch marker required. Lifelines and additional stitch markers are optional.

Stitch patterns: Charted and written.

Pattern note: Knowing that every time through the Widening chart the center stitch counts would be different, I didn’t chart out all the sts between the make 1 in the center and the start of the Shark’s Tooth portion. The first time through there are two plain knit sts in the center after the make 1, and before the next chart.