James Harris by Karin Bole Tupper

James Harris

June 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in 28 s
US 7 - 4.5 mm
240 - 252 yards (219 - 230 m)
One size
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James Harris stood on the docks looking at the schooner Corkum. Today, they’d be racing against The Bluenose, a ship he’d helped to build. It struck him a little funny but he meant to do his best and if possible, to help the crew of The Corkum win the cup…

James Harris is a men’s / unisex scarf. Its shape is a nod to the traditional sailor’s scarves of days past. Its name is my Great Grandpa Thorpe’s, a well-known ship builder and engineer from Nova Scotia. The design is my interpretation of the Atlantic Ocean waves, rolling breakers and foamy wake, his occupation of master ship builder and his love of the ocean and exploration.

It is worked end-to-end and flat. The neck shaping is achieved with ribbing and will hug the neck. Seaman’s scarves are a traditionally short and thick with ribbing in the middle section to make them less bulky while wrapping around the neck but with patterned ends that cross over the chest for added warmth. They are short and usually worn tucked to keep them away from equipment.

Any worsted weight will work for this design. Smoother yarns will show off the cables and more rustic yarns will add to the traditional look of the scarf. The photos show it with a women’s jacket, a men’s casual jacket and with a dressier unisex jacket to show its versatility.