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Caress–free scarf pattern

Vicki with Caress

Caress for Vicki

1 skein Crystal Palace Kid Mohair, 25 g., 240 yds lace weight or another Fingering, Fine, Sock yarn

Needles in sizes 8 and 6 Gauge: not critical

Shaping for this scarf is achieved by switching needle sizes as well as increasing and decreasing the number of stitches in the row. The decrease used in this pattern is a k2tog. The increase is the simple K f&b. (K into the front of the st and then again into the back of the same st.)

Instructions are provided for a chain edge selvedge which is highly recommended; see bottom of page.

Part One: Bottom Edge :

Using a size 8 needle, cast on 45 sts.

Knit 11 rows of garter st. (knit every row).

Part Two: Pinched area :

Change to the size 6 needle. (Just start knitting with the new needle.) K1, K2tog across the row 22 times. You have 23 sts.

Knit 7 rows of garter stitch.

Part Three: Expanded area:

Change to the size 8 needle.

K1, Kf&B in each of the remaining 22 sts. You now have 45 sts.

Next, a wrong side row: (k1, P1) 4 times, P29, (P1, K1) 4 times.

Next, a right side row: (K1, P1) 4 times, K29, (P1, K1) 4 times.

Repeat the last two rows 13 more times.(Total of 28 rows)

Repeat the right side row one more time.

Repeat Parts two and three until the scarf is your desired length.

End after a part two section.

End of scarf: K1, Kf&B in each of the remaining 22 sts. You now have 45 sts.

Work 6 rows of garter st and then bind off.

Option: Chain Edge for the selvedge:

The edge looks much better if stitches are slipped every other row. This keeps the scarf shaping stabilized as well. To work the Chain Edge, Cast on 47 sts; 45 for the scarf body and 2 for the selvedges. The instructions for the scarf are above. The instructions for the two selvedge sts are: On each row, the first selvedge st is slipped pwise with the working yarn in the front. Then take the working yarn between the needle points to the back to prepare to knit. On each row, the last selvedge st is always a knit st.

The scarf Vicki is wearing is made from one ball of Crystal Palace Kid Mohair because that is what I had.  It would be incredible in Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze.


One Response

  1. Love it, Jane! Thanks for sharing it — great use for some of my mohair stash too and easy for on the T knitting!

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