This neckwarmer is knit from the top down, first in the round, then switching to back and forth flat knitting, in a luxurious wool–silk fingering yarn held double. The woven cable pattern creates a fabric of undulating Scarlet Letter A’s opening into a split yoke embellished with small beaded A’s and a beaded border band, echoing Hester Prynne’s extravagant and defiant embroidery. The open cables with their two limbs can also be seen to represent the duos in the book (Hester/Pearl, Dimmesdale/Chillingworth, Nature/Society Hester/Dimmesdale, and others).
ERRATUM: If working the beaded bind-off, omit Row 55, so that bind-off is worked on a right side row.
Lower edge circumference: 30in 76cm
Upper edge circumference: 16.5in 42cm
Length: 8.75in 22cm
The March Hare Wool-Silk Fingering 70% merino wool, 30% silk; 435 yd/398m per 100g skein; 13 WPI, 1 skein color The Scarlet Letter
Note: As worked, the sample required 370yd/338m of fingering weight, held double; 185 yd/169m of worsted weight in a similar base yarn, held single, could be substituted.
US 9 5.5mm circular needle, 16in or 24in 40cm or 60cm long
US 10 6.5mm circular needle, 16in 40cm long
US H 5mm crochet hook (optional, for edging yoke split)
123 seed beads size 6/0
Steel crochet hook, US 7 1.15 mmize to fit beads) for placing beads