knitscene Winter 2018: Longwood Scarf
The Longwood Scarf from knitscene Winter 2018 is a great project for beginner knitters who are ready to move on from plain garter-stitch scarves to projects that provide a little more of a challenge.
Some of the techniques used in the scarf (provisional cast-on; simple increases and decreases; and garter-stitch grafting) may require the assistance of a more experienced knitter, but there’s no better way to learn than with a simple, rectangular scarf worked over a small number of stitches.
Another skill that you’ll learn when knitting this scarf is how to read a mosaic-knitting chart. Mosaic knitting is the perfect introduction to colorwork because you use only one color at a time, changing the color every 2 rows—no awkward juggling of strands of different colors necessary. All the color changes are achieved by slipping stitches of the opposite color onto the needle without working them. The mosaic chart tells you, for each row, which stitches to knit and which ones to slip.
The scarf is worked in identical halves. Each half begins with a snowflake border that is created by working the mosaic chart 2 times vertically, with a few rows of garter stitch and a purled turning row separating the charts. After the chart is worked the second time, the border is folded in half at the turning row and the provisional cast-on stitches are worked together with the live stitches on the needle, resulting in a doubled fabric. The rest of the scarf half is worked in garter stitch. Doubling the border is a very clever way to conceal the wrong side of the colorwork. It also adds weight to each end of the scarf so that the scarf stays firmly in place when it is worn.
Whether you’re a beginner looking for a challenge or an experienced knitter looking for the perfect gift, the Longwood Scarf should be at the top of your queue.
DESIGNER Anne Jones
FINISHED SIZE 5″ wide and 73″ long.
YARN GGH Baby Alpaka (100% baby alpaca; 109 yd [100 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #010 ashe (light gray; MC), 4 balls; #032 dark ocean (teal; CC), 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Trendsetter Yarns.
NEEDLES Size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn for provisional CO; stitch holder; spare needle in same size or smaller for three-needle join; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 23 sts and 40 rows = 4″ in garter st; 23 sts and 52 rows = 4″ in charted patt.