Rubidium Spectrum Scarf by Molly Kent

Rubidium Spectrum Scarf

December 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
one-size: 6.25 x 80 inches (6.5 feet)
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A fantastic scarf for a scientist! An emission spectrum is created when a gas is heated and very specific wavelengths of light are produced. Each element on the periodic table produces its own unique combination of colors - like a fingerprint! This scarf is based on the emission spectrum of Rubidium.

The scarf is mainly black, with thin stripes of many colors. For accuracy of color, and to keep your yarn stash from expanding like a supernova, the stripes are made by knitting with multiple strands of DMC Embroidery Floss held together. Specific color numbers are provided in the pattern.

Pattern is written out, ie “work 3 rows black, 4 rows Color A, 8 rows black” and so on. This pattern is suitable for beginners.

There are two options included in the pattern: work the scarf flat and seam the long edge to hide the wrong side of the fabric, or knit in the round and then graft the ends shut.