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The Purl Scarf

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Heisse Nadel: Last-Minute-Geschenke zum Selberstricken
Knitting
October 2004
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
13.5 stitches and 8.5 rows = 4 inches in k1, p1 rib pattern
US 15 - 10.0 mm
690 yards (631 m)
Errata available: abramsbooks.com

Pattern description from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: “The rich, layered beauty of this scarf is created by knitting with two or three strands of yarn together, each strand in a related color, but having a contrasting texture. We call this the Purl Scarf because it has inspired so many of our customers to create scarves in the same style with their own unique yarn combinations. If mixing color on your own makes you nervous, try this: Select a color of Manos Del Uruguay 100% handspun wool, one shade more vibrant than you normally would, then select a thick mohair in a similar, yet slightly more earthy tone. Put these together with a laceweight mohair in a slightly warmer or cooler color than the combination of the other two.”

Finished Measurements: 4” to 5” (10 to 12.5 cm) wide, and about 104” (264 cm) long, with rib unstretched, not including fringe.

Yarn: About 230 yards (210 meters) each of a bulky yarn and two different mohair yarns.

  • Manos del Uruguay (100% hand-spun kettle-dyed wool; 137 yards 125 meters / 100 grams): #49 henna, 2 skeins.
  • Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% superfine kid mohair, 30% silk; 229 yards 209 meters / 25 grams): #596 marmalade, 1 skein.
  • Plassard Flore (75% kid mohair, 20% wool, 5% nylon; 100 yards 91 meters / 50 grams): #106 dark red, 2 skeins.
  • Manos del Uruguay (100% hand-spun kettle-dyed wool; 137 yards 125 meters / 100 grams): #18 mint, 2 skeins.
  • Madil Kid Seta (70% superfine kid mohair, 30% silk; 230 yards 210 meters / 25 grams): #464 souffle and #725 lime, 1 skein each.

Needles: One set straight needles size US 15 (10 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, crochet hook size J/10 (6 mm) for applying fringe.

Note about Gauge: “Exact gauge is not critical for this project.”

Note from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: “If you decide to create your own blend of yarns (which I hope you will!), matching the gauge of the scarves shown here is not crucial. However, if your yarn is much bulkier than the red scarf, you may want to cast of fewer stitches because with bulky yarns a too-wide scarf can be uncomfortable. Whatever yarn you use, be sure to cast on an even number of stitches so that the pattern will work properly.”