Tsuwano by Sarah Barbour


January 2012
Madelinetosh Tosh Sport
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter
US 6 - 4.0 mm
270 yards (247 m)
6.5 x 48"
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Tsuwano was the first place I visited by myself when I moved to Japan (had to figure out the trains and everything). It’s a charming little town, small enough to tour by rented bicycle. Large, colorful carp swim in the waterways along the old-fashioned streets. There are two Catholic churches (something of a rarity in Japan) and a beautiful Shinto shrine at the top of a hill that you reach only after passing through a thousand bright red tori gates. The town is known for its traditional paper; the stores are full of beautiful papercrafts and you can visit a small factory to see paper made much the same way it’s been for several hundred years. And, most unusually, you can ride a steam locomotive there and back from the main train line.

I kept thinking nostalgically of Tsuwano while I was knitting this scarf, maybe because the scarf, like the town, is so small and so simple yet—if I do say so myself—charming and memorable. It can be worn as an infinity loop, a cowl or a traditional scarf. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and the pattern calls for only one skein (270 yds) of Madeline Tosh Sport (show in “Posy” colorway) or something similar.