Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rosemary and Thyme Scarf

This scarf was inspired by the wonderful smell of herbs in the summer (in spite of the fact that I can't seem to keep thyme alive).  It is worked with a seed stitch border at the bottom and on the sides to prevent rolling, which will be listed as "ss" in the pattern.  Stitch markers are highly encouraged

This can be done with any yarn/needle combination.  For my scarf, I used a DK weight mohair blend with size 8 needles.

Cast on 31 stitches.

Work 4 rows of seeds stitch border as follows:
Border row 1:  K1, [p1,k1] to end
Border row 2:  slip stitch as if to knit, [p1, k1] to end
Border row 3:  slip stitch as if to knit, [p1, k1] to end
 On the last row, work 3 stitches as established, place marker (pm), work 5, pm, work 15, pm, work 5, pm, work remaining stitches

NOTE: The number of stitches in the center panel will vary slightly as you work.  No need to panic, unless perhaps it has doubled in size--then feel free to panic slightly.  It should be back to 15 stitches at the start of every 12-row pattern.  

Pattern row 1 (and all odd rows):  slip 1 stitch, seed stitch 2, purl to last 3 stitches, seed stitch 3

Pattern row 2:  slip 1, ss 2, slip marker, [k2tog, YO]twice, K1,  slip marker, k1, yo, k2tog, k3tog, [yo,k1] 3 times, yo, k3 together through back of loop, ssk, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, slip marker, ss 3

Pattern row 4: slip 1, ss 2, slip marker, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, slip marker, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k7, yo, knit 3 through back of loop, yo, k1, slip marker, k2, yo, ssk, k1, slip marker, ss 3

Pattern row 6:  slip 1, ss 2, slip marker, [k2tog, YO]twice, K1,  slip marker, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2, slip 2 knitwise--k1--pass 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch, k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, slip marker, ss 3

Pattern row 8: slip 1, ss 2, slip marker, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, slip marker, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, slip 2 knitwise--k1--pass 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch, k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, slip marker, k2, yo, ssk, k1, slip marker, ss 3

Pattern row 10:  slip 1, ss 2, slip marker, [k2tog, YO]twice, K1,  slip marker, k1, YO, [k2tog) twice, k3, YO, sl 2 knitwise--k1--pass 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch, yo, k3, [ssk] twice, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, slip marker, ss 3

Paatern row 12: slip 1, ss 2, slip marker,  k1, k2tog, yo, k2, slip marker, k1, yo, [k2tog] 3 times, [k1, yo] twice, k1, [ssk] 3 times, yo, k1, slip marker, k2, yo, ssk, k1, slip marker, ss 3

Repeat rows 1-12 until desired length.  Work 4 rows of seed stitch as established for beginning border, then bind off and weave in ends.

Additional notes that might help:

*  When you're doing the slip 2 knitwise, you're slipping the stitches together and treating them as one stitch.  When you pass the 2 loops over the knit stitch, you will create a 2-stitch decrease that has one center stitch.  To make the leaves look like leaves, it is important to NOT substitute a slip 1, knit 2, slip stitch over in its place.

*  To knit 3 through back of loop, insert right hand needle into the next stitch as if to knit, but instead of picking up the yarn, just let the loop slip from the left needle to the right one.  Repeat twice, so you now have 3 unworked stitches on the right hand needle.  Gently work the tip of the left needle through all 3 stitches, and now loop the yarn over your right needle and draw it through all three loops exactly as if you were knitting a really wide stitch.  This creates a left-leaning 2-stitch decrease.

If you have any questions, you can reach me as ToniS on Ravelry, or leave a message in comments with a link to your blog in case Blogger, in its wisdom, doesn't give me a return address to reply to your questions.