Shetland Scarf by Leslie Weber

Shetland Scarf

April 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
1685 yards (1541 m)
One size
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The scarf incorporates a variety of small traditional Fair Isle motifs which are a pleasure to watch as your knitting grows in length. The look is graphic and modern. Knit it in four colours, as in the sample, or in just three or even two colours if desired, for a different effect.

The scarf is knitted in the round. The open ends of the resulting tube are closed using a three-needle cast-off once the knitting is completed.

A schematic with section-by-section measurements is provided. A word of warning: the charts are large, and make up 11 pages. They print in black & white.

YARN: A Shetland-type fingering such as Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, Holst Garn Supersoft 100% Uld, Harrisville Designs Shetland, or Knit Picks Palette.
As the felted join method of joining in new skeins is very useful for this project, a superwash wool yarn is not recommended.

Yardage requirements:
4 colour version -- 1035 yds / 945 m MC; 220 yds / 200 m each of CC1, CC2, CC3.
3 colours -- 1035 yds / 945 m MC; 330 yds / 300 m each of CC1 and CC2.
2 colours -- 1035 yds / 950 m MC; 650 yds / 600m CC.
Note: CC yardage is generous.

3.25mm / US 3 circular needle, 16 inches / 40 cm (plus same in 3mm / US 2, optional; see note at beginning of Method section, p.2)
2 dpn’s 3.25mm / US 3 OR 1 dpn and a second circular, any length, for cast-off (OR 3mm / US 2, as above)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle for working in yarn ends

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Pre-blocking 8.5” x 72” / 21 x 183 cm; blocked 8.5” x 75” / 21 x 190 cm.

GAUGE (pre-blocking): 30 sts and 33 rows per 4” / 10 cm in stranded colour patterns.
The appropriateness of your gauge should be judged in terms of the fabric produced, which for this project is more critical than the exact number of stitches and rows per 4” / 10 cm. Keep in mind that a fabric which is too firm may not have sufficient drape to make a comfortable scarf, while a fabric which is too loose may result in poorly-defined colourwork.

PHOTOS: The pattern does include photos, although this is not apparent from the thumbnail on the Pattern Store page.

SKILL LEVEL: Experience in knitting in round. Some experience with stranded colourwork would be an asset.