Spanish Dancer by Laura Patterson

Spanish Dancer

July 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches = 4 inches
in stitch pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
450 yards (411 m)
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In trying to come up with a name for this design I wracked my brain for things with frilly edges—pretty things, feminine things, trees, leaves, flowers… Eventually I had it. There’s a very special creature that lives in warm, tropical seas, along the coastlines where there is both protection and food. It’s a type of nudibranch, or sea slug, known as a Spanish dancer. It is bright red, has frilly edges, and when it swims it looks like the flouncy skirts of a flamenco dancer.

Scarf is knit from one end to the other, starting and ending with 7 stitches. To start, increases are made on the right side every fourth row. When scarf reaches maximum width it’s knit even for a while before the decreases begin. Stitches are then decreased to a small number on the opposite end. The entire scarf is worked in garter stitch except for the leaves. The fluid texture of garter stitch is enhanced when a ball of luxury fingering weight yarn is used.

Finished size: 10.5 x 60 inches; 27 x 152 cm.

Yarn: 450 yards fingering weight yarn.

Skills: K2tog, ssk, YO, double YO, k3 tog, s1-k2tog-psso.

Other supplies: 2 stitch markers required; lifelines are optional.

Stitch patterns: Both charted and written.

January 17, 2014. Pattern has all new charts, all new written stitch instructions, which should be easier to follow, and has been tech edited. The errata are for previous revisions.