A scarf to travel with!

I always like to have a scarf on the needles. Or maybe two . . .

Chevron Mesh Scarf by Angela Tong

Knitting scarves is a great way to try new stitch patterns or to use up a fabulously luxurious single skein. They're also projects that tend to travel well (check out the free pattern for my Vacation Scarf; I designed it while I was at Yellowstone National Park.)

I just got back from New York City (so much FUN!!), and I took a scarf along with me. It was my only travel project, and I got a lot done on the planes and in airports. For the last year, I've tried to take only one project with me on trips. I get a lot done, and I save packing room for new yarn "souvenirs."

You're probably going on vacation this summer, and I have the perfect scarf project for you. It's Angela Tong's Mesh Chevron Scarf from the Spring/Summer issue of knit.wear magazine, and we've kitted it up for you.

The unique thing about this scarf is that it's knit in a modular technique, using two high-contrast colors. This knitting method adds so much visual interest, with the added bonus of making it interesting—but not difficult—to knit. The not-difficult part is crucial for travel knitting, in my opinion. Some of you might take charted lace shawls or intricate colorwork on vacation, but not me. I want to relax!

What makes this particular technique non-fiddly is that you pick up stitches to begin each new section. There's no seaming or pieces to carry around.

The mesh stitch is fun to work, and easy to memorize, which I love.

MESH Â…STITCH: (odd number of sts)
ROW 1 (WS) Sl 1, knit to end.
ROW 2 (RS) Rep Row 1.
ROW 3 Sl 1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
ROW 4 Rep Row 1.
Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

High-contrast colors make the Mesh Chevron Scarf really pop!

That seems manageable, right?

The magic comes in the modular construction; the sections form an asymmetrical chevron pattern, worked in alternating bands.

Get your hands on a Chevron Mesh kit while they're still in stock! You'll get the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of knit.wear (which is amazing!), four skeins of 4 skeins of Kollage Yarns Glisten: 2 skeins in #7327 Purple Stone and 2 skeins in #7313 Smoke. Glisten is a lovely alpaca blend with a touch of bling.


P.S. What's your favorite travel knitting? Leave a comment and share it with us!

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