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Three to the Second Scarf

Knitting
December 2012
Lace / 2 ply ?
20 stitches and 6 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch (see pattern)
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1800 yards (1646 m)
6.6" wide by 76" long
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I wanted to knit a soft scarf in an easy pattern for my daughter to wear at college. The pattern didn’t have to be reversible, but it had to be attractive on the “wrong” side. This is what I came up with. It’s a lot of yardage, but that’s because each of the yarns used is fingering or lace weight, and doubled. If you use sport weight yarns, halve the yarn requirement.

Here’s what I used:

Three yarns, two skeins of each:
a lace-weight alpaca. I used Cascade Yarns “Alpaca Lace” - each skein is 437 yds; 100% baby alpaca in colorway “Amethyst Heather” #1407
a mohair/silk blend, to add a halo. I used Cascade “Kid Seta” - each skein is 300 yds; a blend of 61% super kid mohair, 35% silk, 4% merino in colorway “Lilac” #19
a soft, single-colored sock yarn, for strength, or any soft fingering weight yarn. I used Good for Ewe “Sultry Steps” - 414yds; a blend of 40% superwash merino, 40% baby llama, and 20% nylon in colorway “Sugar Plum” #2090

All of the above yarns are doubled throughout

Method

Using Yarns 1 and 2, cast on 33 stitches, using a stretchy cast-on method of your choosing (I used the cable cast on). 
Using only Yarns 1 and 2, knit rows 1 through 5. 
Add Yarn 3 to the yarns used for Row 6.
On Row 6, K2tog, k2, knit into the front and back of the next two stitches, k3, ssk, repeat from
Using Yarns 1, 2, and 3, purl Rows 7, 9, and 11 
Using Yarns 1, 2, and 2, repeat the pattern described for Row 6 on Rows 8, 10, and 12.

Continue with these 12 rows until scarf is the desired length. Weave in ends. Spray block gently. Enjoy.