Xeriscape by Mary Heather Browne


August 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
250 yards (229 m)
66” / 168 cm from point to point along straight edge of shawl, and 7” / 17.75 cm wide at widest scallop point
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Inspired by the richly textured rock and low-water gardens of the American southwest, Xeriscape is a shaped, scalloped scarf knit in a drapey and luxurious hand-dyed yarn. Worked in garter stitch, Xeriscape looks great in solid, semi-solid, and variegated yarns. The long, narrow shape makes it easy to wrap, tie, and wear in a variety of ways.

Xeriscape is perfect for beginners who are ready to work on shaping through increases and decreases, and still has the thoughtful details needed to make it a breezy, meditative knit for more experienced knitters. The pattern is a 4-page PDF file (1 cover page, 3 pattern pages), which includes color photographs, detailed construction notes, a schematic, and a table with stitch counts so that you can easily keep track of where you are in the pattern.

Construction notes: Xeriscape is worked from side to side and knit in garter stitch; the scallops are formed with increases and decreases along one edge.

250 yards / 229 meters DK-weight (8-ply) yarn

Yarn Shown:
1 skein Lorna’s Laces Honor; 275 yds / 251 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk; shown in the Patina colorway (variegated scarf was knit in the Turtle Rodeo colorway)

Notions needed:

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Skills needed:

cast on, knit, kfb increase, k2tog decrease, slip stiches, bind off

tech editing: Laura Chau (cosmicpluto!)
pattern review: Marnie MacLean (Marnie!)
test knitters: JulieFrick, StevenA, westknits