Trailblazer by Louise Zass-Bangham

Trailblazer

Knitting
September 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
400 - 490 yards (366 - 448 m)
4ply Light: 150cm/60" x 20cm/8"; DK Cosy: 150cm/60" x 24cm/9"

The smaller, scarf version of the Colour Trail shawl.

Designed to show off hand-painted yarns, it takes just one skein of 4ply/fingering or two skeins of DK/light worsted.

It’s perfect for that irresistible yarn-show treat, or the beautiful yarn that is lingering in stash.

The scarf makes a gentle crescent shape, so it sits beautifully around the neck and shoulders. Starting at one narrow end, it is knit all in one piece. This is an easy intermediate project.

Garter Stitch stipples and blends colours together while the smooth lace border lets flecks of colour glow. A single trail of slipped stitches delineates the two textures. You’ll show off all the colours in your beautiful yarn.

The original pattern is written for 4ply “light” version and a DK/light worsted “cosy” version. Whilst you can knit it in other weights, the pattern works best for these options. Who doesn’t love a 1-skein 4ply/fingering project? And 2 skeins of DK makes an alternative quick knit.

PLAY
At the end of every pattern in Knit Play Colour, you will find ideas on how to “play” with the design. Stick to what feels comfortable, or go on an adventure.

Light up the trail with optional beads.
Play with your options in a myriad of yarns and colours.
Blaze your own trail!

SIZES
Light:
150cm/60” along inside curve x 20cm/8” at widest
Cosy: 150cm/60” along inside curve x 24cm/9” at widest

MATERIALS
Light:
365-400m/400-440yd 4ply/fingering
3.75mm/US 5 needles
Cosy: 400-450m/440-490 yds DK/light worsted
4.5mm/US 7 needles
Both: ring stitch maker & locking stitch marker

TENSION
Light:
24 sts per 10cm/4” over Garter Stitch using 3.75mm/US 5 needles or size needed to get gauge.
Cosy: 20 sts per 10cm/4” over Garter Stitch using 4.5mm/US 7 needles or size needed to get gauge.

SHOWN IN
Light:
Countess Ablaze Tia Merino (100% superwash Merino, 366m/400yds per 100g skein) 1 x Cruelty and Greed (pink/orange)
Cosy: EasyKnits Zip Light (100% superwash Merino, 220m/240yds per 100g skein) 2 x Earthern (greens)

PLAY IDEAS
To illustrate some of the ideas for playing with the pattern, scarves in Sweet Georgia Yarns Cashluxe Spark 1 x Smitten (gold/pink/purple, with beautiful pooling) and Eden Cottage Yarns Bedale 4ply Oak (warm brown, with beads) are shown at the bottom left.

For more about this pattern, visit the Trailblazer blog post.

All details needed to make these options are included in the book. All patterns are tech edited and tested in a range of yarns.

This pattern is only listed for 4ply on Ravelry, because it’s only possible to list a pattern for one yarn weight, even though this design is also written specifically for DK/light worsted too. If you’d like to see this change, please vote for it on The List.