Gerard's Red and Black Scarf (Victorian)
November 9, 2014
November 29, 2014

Gerard's Red and Black Scarf (Victorian)

Project info
A Gentleman's Comforter by Miss Watts
Neck / TorsoScarf
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Needles & yarn
US 1 - 2.25 mm
924 yards = 4 skeins
Knit Picks Palette
2 skeins = 462.0 yards (422.5 meters), 100 grams
Knit Picks Palette
2 skeins = 462.0 yards (422.5 meters), 100 grams

In the last Regency romance novel that I wrote, the hero has a red and black scarf that he gives to the heroine. After I finished the book, I thought, why not try to make it?

This book by Miss Watts is one of the earliest knitting books published. I know that a lot of the early patterns were not new, but had been passed by word of mouth long before they were first published, so although the book was printed in 1840, there’s a good chance this pattern was in use by women in the Regency era.

I had no idea what “coarse steel needles” or “5 skeins of fine wool yarn” would be, so I’m guessing and using US 1 and fingering wool yarn.

The pattern only has one color yarn, but I’m going to try to do blocks of red and black to match the scarf in my book. Since the book was a Christmas themed Regency, I was tickled to find the “Hollyberry” color way at Knit Picks.

Cast on 72 stitches. I decided to cast on the way I would for socks, so I did Norwegian cast on using two US 1 needles held together.

Knit 1 stitch each end of the needle.

At 4 inches, switched to black.

About 10.25g yarn per stripe.

For the last 2 rows, instead of wrapping the yarn twice around the needle, I only wrapped it once. Cast off: k2tog, k2tog, pass stitch over, k2tog, pass stitch over, etc.

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  • Project created: November 9, 2014
  • Finished: November 29, 2014
  • Updated: January 15, 2015