Juxtaposing by Sarah Mackay


December 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in firmly blocked garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
328 - 3609 yards (300 - 3300 m)
1 (Mini Kerchief); 2 (Kerchief); 3 (shawl)
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Designed by our guest contributor, Sarah Mackay, this seamless garter stitch kerchief, inspired by colourful half-square triangle quilts, is perfect for using small quantities of yarn
Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% Wool; 30% Mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball) in shades of your choice.
Each triangle (in each of the three sizes) uses an average of 0.62 (1.1, 2.5)g yarn. 

Needles and Notions
Gauge-size needle
Long gauge-size circular needle for border stitches
Above gauge-size needle for i-cord border
Locking stitch markers (or waste yarn) for holding pairs of live stitches, and marking stitches to be picked up on subsequent blocks
One regular stitch marker
Tapestry needle
20 sts and 40 rows to 10cm / 4in over firmly blocked garter stitch
23 sts and 40 rows to 10cm / 4in over unblocked garter stitch
Use 3.5mm needle as a starting point for swatching.
1 (Mini Kerchief); 2 (Kerchief); 3 (shawl)
Wingspan (including ties, where relevant): 67 (90, 94) cm / 26½ (35½, 37) in
Depth: 22.5 (30.5, 46.5) cm / 8¾ (12, 18½) in

Pattern Notes
Juxtaposing is a garter stitch triangle composed of smaller triangles, with a firm, contrasting i-cord border, which is work with yarn held double. The two smaller sizes have elongated ties so they can be worn as a kerchief or a headscarf.
Start by knitting one triangle, then pick up stitches to knit a second triangle to form the bottom tip. Other than at the edges, triangles are worked as pairs using techniques similar to knitting mitred squares, but with a colour change in the middle. This creates a clean colour change, with garter ridges of adjacent triangles running perpendicular to one another. Use the diagram to assist with orientation: throughout the pattern reference to top edge, lh edge etc refers to the project looking at it as shown in the diagram, with the right side facing.

Thanks to knitters Sarah, Claire and Maylin and models Kate C, Iona, Fenella and Kendall