Silver Screen by Niina Hakkarainen
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Silver Screen

Knitting
February 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
One size, width of the scarf about 21 cm
This pattern is available for free.

I had this idea in my head about a scarf like a film. But since I do not like scarves with wrong side and right side, I did mine in double knitting. That way, both sides look nice.

You can basically make the scarf as long as you want, but if you’re very orderly-minded and want to finish the scarf as it started (with squares even), one pattern repeat is five big squares long. One pattern repeat is about 50 cm long and four repeats makes a nice, long scarf and takes nearly two skeins of each colour, with a bit left over for fringe.

Here’s a quick English translation, might do a pdf at some point but you can now use the chart and the photos from the Finnish pattern even if you don’t understand it :-)

Pattern:

The scarf is made in a technique called double knitting. The pattern does not tell you how it is done so if it is a technique unfamiliar to you, please familiarize yourself with it before beginning. But the idea is that there is not strictly a right and a wrong side to this scarf, but two sides with patterns in opposite colours. But since the idea is of a strip of film, the side with grey squares on black background is considered the right side.

The pattern is really simple (see chart in pattern). It consists of two parts: small squares at the edges, where you knit squares of 6 s x 7 rows in main colour, and big squares in the middle that are size 24 s x 29 rows. The squares are separated from each other by 3 rows and 3 stitches of contrasting colour.

Cast on 96 stitches so that you do the co with both colours at the same time. Note: if you use the long-tail cast-on, start knitting on the wrong side, ie making black squares on grey, then you get the neater cast-on edge on the right side.

Start knitting from the line 1 of the chart. Knit the grey stitches with grey yarn and black with black. You have 48 stitches / side. Remember to twist the yarns with each other before starting a new row so that the sides of the scarf stay together. Continue with knitting according to the chart until the scarf is a good length for you.

If you want to end the scarf the same way you started (with squares even), the pattern repeat is five big squares. If not, after you have completed a center square, knit three rows in contrasting colour and bind off stitches.

Block the scarf lightly. Make fringes on both ends using both yarns so that the fringes are two-toned.

Notes:

The center squares are quite large and if you are afraid that these might start to bag at some point, since at those points the two sides are separate, you can twist the yarns together in few points on the square area while knitting. This binds the separate sides together and the larger areas won’t sag.