Radiation Scarf by Shannon Squire

Radiation Scarf

October 2013
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
705 yards (645 m)
sport-weight (worsted-weight)
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Waaay back when, before I was born, my folks had a hippie-dippie shop in the town I grew up in called Radiation. They sold bell-bottoms, waterbeds, and other counter-culture goods. The basement of the house I grew up in was the perfect suburban basement, with old couches, a TV, a pool table, and, taking up one whole wall, the wooden, hand-painted sign from that very shop. This scarf reminds me of the Radiation sign – 70s letters, curving around a sun, with thick beams radiating from the center. It makes me think of home, and youth, and good times in that basement underneath that sign. I hope you’ll get some of those good vibes while making and wearing this oversized scarf.

The pattern is written for both sport-weight yarn and worsted-weight yarn. Interestingly, both versions are roughly the same size.

Yarn - Sport-weight version
705 yards sport-weight yarn total, split between two colors: 375 yards Color A (Schoppel Starke 6, colorway 2137) and 330 yards Color B (Quince & Co. Chickadee, colorway Frost).

Yarn - Worsted-weight version
750 yards worsted-weight yarn total, split between two colors: 400 yards color A (Schoppel Gradient, colorway 2202) and 350 yards color B (Knitted Wit Worsted Super Wash Merino, colorway Salted Caramel).

Gauge – Sport-weight version
22 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking.

Gauge - Worsted-weight version
18 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking.

Needles – Sport-weight version
US #5/3.75 mm (or size to get gauge).

Needles - Worsted-weight version
US #9/5.5 mm (or size to get gauge).

Notions - Tapestry needle.

Skill level - Advanced beginner (short-rows).

Size/Finished measurements
One size fits most. 72” long from tip to tip along top edge, 22” wide at widest edge of triangle. Measured after blocking.