Saturday, December 15, 2007

Paradox Scarf

Mmmmm Rayon... well, not really. If this project has taught me anything it's that you get what you pay for no matter what kind of fiber you are using. I picked up a cone - we're talking like 1200-1500 yards here - that's right, a whole cone of beautiful off-white 100% rayon for the amazing price of $5 at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts de-stashing sale. What a deal, right?

Well... let's just say I found out why it was only $5 the moment I cast on. The yarn is barely spun at all and super splitty. Knitting with the stuff is an absolute nightmare. But, oddly enough, despite the terrible quality of the yarn, the fabric it creates is absolutely gorgeous - drapey, slinky and super soft - just like rayon should be. I may even have to go undergo the frustrating task of knitting a tank top with it because I love the look of the fabric so much. Well, that and I still have an enormous cone of the awful stuff left and I wouldn't want to give it away and burden anyone else with this frustrating curse of a yarn.

It just seems strange that a yarn that is so beastly to knit with could look so beautiful when all knit up. That's why I am calling this the Paradox Scarf.



Materials:
Size 8 16 inch circular needles
Fingering or DK weight 100% rayon yarn (you could probably get by with a nice mercerized cotton if finding 100% rayon is difficult in your area. The important thing is the drapy-ness not necessarily the fiber content).
One stitch marker

Terms:
k2tog - knit two stitches together
k3tog - knit three stitches together
sk2po - slip one stitch, knit two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over the stitch you just knitted (decreases 2)
yo - yarn over
kfb - knit into the front and back of the stitch

Pattern:

Cast on 288 stitches
Join and place marker at beginning of round
Knit 2 rounds
K2tog across all (144 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds
K2tog across all (72 stitches)
Knit 1 round

Begin twin leaf lace pattern:

Round 1: K4, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, sk2po, k4, p1 (repeat to end of round (4 times))
Round 2: K8, p1 (repeat to end of round (8 times))
Round 3: K2, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, sk2po, k2, p1 (repeat to end)
Round 4: As round 2
Round 5: K3tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2po, p1 (repeat to end)
Round 6: As round 2

Repeat rounds 1-6 until the scarf is as long as you want.

Knit 1 round.
Kfb across (144 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds
Kfb across (288 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds
Bind off loosely.

4 comments:

cassie-b said...

What a beautiful scarf!

Thank you for the pattern.

Cas

bj the knit newbie said...

Hi,
I love our scarf! But is it really knit in the round?

bj

Orange Fish said...

It is knit in the round! In fact, depending on your gauge and the type of yarn you use, it should be stretchy enough that you can wear it as a cowl or a very silly looking hat.

Katie K said...

How many yards did you think you used?