Radiation Scarf by Shannon Squire
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Radiation Scarf

October 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
705 yards (645 m)
sport-weight (worsted-weight)
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Waaay back when, before I was born, my folks had a hippie-dippie shop in the town I grew up in called Radiation. They sold bell-bottoms, waterbeds, and other counter-culture goods. The basement of the house I grew up in was the perfect suburban basement, with old couches, a TV, a pool table, and, taking up one whole wall, the wooden, hand-painted sign from that very shop. This scarf reminds me of the Radiation sign – 70s letters, curving around a sun, with thick beams radiating from the center. It makes me think of home, and youth, and good times in that basement underneath that sign. I hope you’ll get some of those good vibes while making and wearing this oversized scarf.

The pattern is written for both sport-weight yarn and worsted-weight yarn. Interestingly, both versions are roughly the same size.

Yarn - 705 yards/645 meters sport-weight or 750 yards/686 meters worsted-weight yarn, split between two colors as follows. Sport-weight version shown in 375 yards/343 meters Schoppel Starke 6 (75% virgin wool, 25% nylon; 437 yards/400 meters per 5.3 ounce/150 gram ball), colorway 2137 (Color A) and 330 yards/302 meters Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% American wool; 181 yards/165 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein), colorway Frost. Worsted-weight version shown in 400 yards/366 meters Schoppel Gradient (100% virgin wool; 284 yards/260 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball), colorway 2202 (Color A) and 350 yards/320 meters Knitted Wit Worsted Super Wash Merino (100% super wash merino; 200 yards/183 meters per 3.5 ounc/100 gram skein), colorway Salted Caramel.
Gauge – Sport-weight version: 22 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking.
Worsted-weight version: 18 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking..
Needles – Sport-weight version: US #5/3.75 mm (or size to get gauge).
Worsted-weight version: US #9/5.5 mm (or size to get gauge).
Notions - Tapestry needle.
Skill level - Advanced beginner (short-rows).
Size/Finished measurements –One size fits most. 72”/183 cm long from tip to tip along top edge, 22”/56 cm wide at widest edge of triangle. Measured after blocking.