Pooling Colors Scarf by Lori Gayle
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Pooling Colors Scarf

August 2004
Light Fingering ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch, before blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
560 yards (512 m)
6.5" (16.5 cm) wide and 80" (203 cm) long, before blocking
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Interweave SKU: EP0406

Pattern description from Interweave Knits:
Most of us expect to see horizontal stripes or zig-zags when space-dyed yarns are knitted up. The inquisitive mind of ‘Knits’ technical editor, Lori Gayle, sees greater potential. Lori analyzed the color positions in a space-dyed yarn from Schaefer Yarns, and figured out a way to knit vertical stripes. She used a reversible pattern stitch to give the scarf a crinkly, crepe-like appearance that looks good even without blocking. This technique won’t work with every space-dyed yarn.

Finished Size: About 6½“ (16.5 cm) wide and 80” (203 cm) long, before blocking

Yarn: Schaefer Anne (60% superwash merino, 25% mohair, 15% nylon; 560 yd (512 m)/4 oz): navy/green/rust variegated, 1 skein. Yarn available in one-of-a-kind colors only.

Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; blocking pins (optional).

Getting Started:
Lay a strand of yarn out on the table, zigzag fashion, and align the colors so they stack as shown below. Note exactly where the turning points are at each side, and mark the first half-dozen or so with a tiny dot of white-out or a thread tie. In order for the colors to stack correctly in the finished scarf, you may need to adjust needle size or stitch count so that the turning points in the colors match up with the turns at the end of each row. Be prepared to start over several times, but once the colors get going properly, they should line up for the rest of the project.