Ri­ley Stripe

Jeanette Sloan

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El­e­gant slip-stitch wrap

Light­weight, drap­ing scarf has a graphic pat­tern worked in soft spring colours

IN­SPIRED BY the ab­stract, dy­namic art of Brid­get Ri­ley, Jeanette Sloan has cre­ated this at­trac­tive scarf. It fea­tures two dis­tinct slip stitch pat­terns, worked in con­trast­ing shades of pink and yel­low. The first sec­tion is worked then cast off, be­fore stitches are picked up along the short edge to work the sec­ond pat­terned sec­tion. Jeanette has knit­ted her scarf us­ing two yarns from Isager - a pure lamb­swool, and a linen-vis­cose blend; the con­trast in tex­tures helps to high­light the slip stitch pat­tern­ing.


All stitches are slipped purl­wise, with the yarn held at the back on RS rows, and with the yarn held at the front on WS rows. Be­cause the side edges of the scarf will be vis­i­ble when it’s worn, it is im­por­tant to take care to twist the yarns neatly up the side of the work as you knit, and you should avoid join­ing in new balls or yarn in the mid­dle of a row. The scarf is knit­ted in two sec­tions us­ing con­trast­ing stitch pat­terns that are given in chart form. The first sec­tion be­gins with a two-colour cast-on, and fin­ishes with a two-colour cast-off. The stitches for the main sec­tion are picked up and worked off the straight side of the first piece, and also fin­ish with a two-colour cast-off edge with slip stitch edges, giv­ing the scarf a de­fined bor­der at each long side. If you find it hard to con­trol the ten­sion of the two-colour cast-off, try us­ing a needle one or two sizes larger.


Us­ing 3.5mm nee­dles and one end of each colour held to­gether, make a slip knot and place it on the needle. Then thread­ing one yarn over the thumb and the other over the in­dex fin­ger of your pre­ferred hand in the sling­shot po­si­tion, use the two-colour method to cast on 173 sts. (This tu­to­rial is for dou­ble knit­ting, but the tech­nique is the same: http://bit.ly/2colltco) From this point you’ll be us­ing only one colour at a time, start­ing with yarn A and work­ing two rows in each colour. As you al­ter­nate the colours, take care to twist the yarns neatly up the side of the work. Be­gin Chart A, work­ing 3 re­peats of the 52-row chart, then work Rows 1-26 once more. Cast off in two colours.


Now with the RS of the first sec­tion fac­ing and us­ing yarn B, pick up and knit 93 sts evenly across the straight edge of the piece, but avoid work­ing into the slip stitch edge worked in yarn A. Next row: Knit. Us­ing yarn A and al­ter­nat­ing colours as be­fore, be­gin Chart B, work­ing the 8-st pat­tern 11 times. Hav­ing es­tab­lished place­ment of the pat­tern, con­tinue work­ing from chart al­ter­nat­ing colours as be­fore un­til 20 re­peats of the chart have been com­pleted, then re­peat Rows 1 and 2 once more. Cast off in two colours.


Weave in all ends. Care­fully pin the scarf to given mea­sure­ments and steam gen­tly, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

Jeanette Sloan Ri­ley Stripe

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