Spin-Stitch Scarf & Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Spin-Stitch Scarf & Poncho

September 2016
Lace ?
24 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in spin stitch after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
460 - 1080 yards (421 - 988 m)
Small/Large in scarf; S/M and L/XL in poncho
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We first used this traditional Estonian stitch in a scarf pattern for the 2016 LYS Tour. Not lace, but so lace-like! Not cabled, but twisted by ‘spinning’ a cluster of stitches 180°! Delighted with the simple but dramatic results in Kidsilk Haze, we couldn’t wait to use this stitch in a bigger way.

Introducing the perfect twist on our favorite poncho! With alpaca and wool in equal measure, Isager Alpaca Merino 2 gives texture and definition to the beautiful stitch pattern, blocks beautifully, and has the added bonus of softness and drape. What more could we ask for? Two size options (S/M and L/XL) allow you to create just the right fit. We fastened it with eight small shell buttons.

Scarf: Small, approx. 10½ x 55”/27 x 140cm. Large, approx. 16½ x 73”/ 42 x 185cm.
Poncho: S/M, approx. 22½ x 51”/57 x 130cm. L/XL, approx. 25½ x 57”/65 x 145cm.
Details given for small scarf; large scarf and ponchos in parentheses ( ).

Approx. 460 (920, 875, 1080) yds/420 (840, 800, 988)m lace-weight or fingering-weight yarn (lace-weight will be more sheer).

Small scarf: Shown in burgundy Rowan Kidsilk Haze (230 yds/ 210m each), Color 595.
Large scarf: Shown in ivory Rowan Kidsilk Haze (230 yds/210m each), Color 634.
Poncho, S/M: Shown in grey Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each), Color 4S.
Poncho, L/XL: Not shown.

US 8 (5.0mm) needle, or size to obtain gauge.
One double-point needle (DPN) 2-3 sizes smaller than gauge needle.
Stitch markers, including a locking marker.
Darning needle to finish.
Approx. 54 (72, 50, 56) fork blocking pins (or twice as many T-pins) for pinning scallops; blocking wires or extra pins for ends.
Poncho: 7 (8) small buttons; sewing needle and matching thread.

Approx. 24 sts/24 rows = 4”/10cm in pattern after blocking.
Note: It’s a good idea to knit—and block—a swatch, not for exact gauge, but to be sure you like the fabric.