Play­ful Orchid

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Ta­betha Hedrick

En­chant­ing col­ors paired with sim­ple slipped stitches en­sure an ac­ces­sory that de­lights from start to fin­ish.

Gauge

31 sts and 42 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Slip St pat (blocked). To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

Make 1 Left Purl­wise (M1L-P): In­sert LH nee­dle from front to back un­der hor­i­zon­tal strand be­tween last st worked and next st on LH nee­dle; purl through back of re­sult­ing loop.

Pat­tern Stitch

Slip St (mul­ti­ple of 4 sts + 3) Row 1 (WS): With MC, *sl 1 wyib, p3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3. Row 2 (RS): With MC, sl 1, p2; *k3, p1; rep from * to marker. Row 3: With CC, *p2, sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3. Row 4: With CC, sl 1, p2, *k1, sl 1, k2; rep from * to marker.

Rep Rows 1–4 for pat. Note: For gauge swatch, use any col­ors as MC and CC and work as fol­lows: With MC, cast on 46 sts.

Knit 4 rows. Row 1 (WS): K3, pm; work Slip St pat to end. Row 2 (RS): Work Slip St pat to last 3 sts, k3.

Al­ter­nat­ing MC and CC, work even un­til swatch mea­sures ap­prox 6 inches, end­ing with a RS row. With MC, knit 4 rows. Bind off. Wet-block swatch, let dry, then mea­sure.

Spe­cial Tech­nique

Elas­tic Bind-Off: K2, *in­sert LH nee­dle into front of both sts on RH nee­dle and k2­tog-tbl, k1; rep from * to end. Fas­ten off last st.

Pat­tern Notes

This 5-color tri­an­gu­lar neck­er­chief is worked side­ways from the left point to the right point; the top edge (as worn) is at the right when the right side of fab­ric is fac­ing.

Only 1 color is used per row; the pat­tern is cre­ated by slip­ping stitches and al­ter­nat­ing 2 rows of main color and 2 rows of con­trast­ing color. Dif­fer­ent col­ors will be used as the main and con­trast­ing col­ors in dif­fer­ent sec­tions.

Slip all stitches purl­wise with yarn held in back. In other words, when slip­ping stitches on right-side rows, hold yarn to the wrong side of fab­ric, and on wrong-side rows, hold yarn to the right side of fab­ric when slip­ping stitches, thereby cre­at­ing a dec­o­ra­tive “blip” on the right side.

Charts of the re­peated 8-row in­creas­ing and de­creas­ing sec­tions are pro­vided for those who pre­fer to work from charts.

Neck­er­chief

In­creas­ing Half Right Point With E, cast on 3 sts. Row 1 (RS): K3. Row 2: K1, M1L-P, p2—4 sts. Row 3: Sl 1, p2, k1. Row 4: K1, M1L-P, p3—5 sts. Row 5: Sl 1, p2, k2. Row 6: K1, M1L-P, p4—6 sts. Row 7: Sl 1, p2, k3. Row 8: K1, M1L-P, p5—7sts. Row 9: Sl 1, p2, k4. Row 10 (WS): With C, k1, M1L-P, p1, sl 1 wyib, p4—8 sts. Row 11: With C, sl 1, p2, k1, sl 1, k3. In­crease in Slip St Pat Note: Use E as MC and C as CC. Row 1 (WS): With E, k1, M1L-P, pm; work Row 1 of Slip St pat to end—9 sts. Row 2 (RS): Work Row 2 of Slip St pat to marker, sm, k2. Row 3: With C, k1, M1L-P, p1, sm; work Row 3 of Slip St pat to end—10 sts. Row 4: Work Row 4 of Slip St pat to marker, sm; k3. Row 5: With E, k1, M1L-P, p2, sm; work Row 1 of Slip St pat to end—11 sts. Row 6: Work Row 2 of Slip St pat to marker, k4. Row 7: With C, k1, M1L-P, p1, sl 1, p1; re­move marker, work Row 3 of Slip St pat to end—12 sts. Row 8: Work Row 4 of Slip St pat to last st, pm, k1.

Rep [Rows 1–8] 17 times, then rep Rows 1–6, con­tin­u­ing to inc 4 sts at left edge ev­ery 8 rows and work­ing new sts into Slip St pat as es­tab­lished—83 sts. Cut C and E. Change to A; use A for both MC and CC (fab­ric is 1 color).

Work 24 rows, con­tin­u­ing to inc 4 sts at left edge ev­ery 8 rows and work­ing new sts into Slip St pat as es­tab­lished; last row worked will be Row 6 above—95 sts.

De­creas­ing Half De­crease in Slip St Pat Note: Con­tinue us­ing A as both MC and CC. Row 1 (WS): K1, p1, sl 1 wyib, p1, sm; work Row 3 of Slip St pat to end. Row 2 (RS): Work Row 4 of Slip St pat to marker, k1, k2­tog, k1—94 sts. Row 3: K1, p2, sm; work Row 1 of Slip St pat to end. Row 4: Work Row 2 of Slip St pat to marker, re­move marker; k2­tog, k1—93 sts. Row 5: K1, p3, sl 1 wyib, p1, pm; work Row 3 of Slip St pat to end. Row 6: Work Row 4 of Slip St pat to marker, sm; p1, sl 1, k1, k2­tog, k1—92 sts. Row 7: K1, p4, sm; work Row 1 of Slip St pat to end. Row 8: Work Row 2 of Slip St pat to marker, sm; k2, k2­tog, k1—91 sts.

Rep [Rows 1–8] twice—83 sts.

Cut A. Note: From this point, use D as CC and B as MC.

Rep [Rows 1–8] 18 more times, then rep Rows 1–5, con­tin­u­ing to dec 4 sts ev­ery 8 rows—9 sts rem at end of last row. Left Point Row 1 (RS): With D, sl 1, k3, sl 1, k1, k2­tog, k1—8 sts. Row 2: With B, k1, sl 1, p3, k2, p1. Row 3: Sl 1, k4, k2­tog, k1—7 sts.

Cut B; con­tinue with D only. Row 4: K1, p1, sl 1, p1, k2, p1. Row 5: Sl 1, k3, k2­tog, k1—6 sts. Row 6: K1, p2, k2, p1. Row 7: Sl 1, k2, k2­tog, k1—5 sts. Row 8: K1, p1, k2, p1. Row 9: Sl 1, k1, k2­tog, k1—4 sts. Row 10: K3, p1. Row 11: Sl 1, k2­tog, k1—3 sts. Row 12: K2, p1. Row 13: K3.

Bind off.

Fin­ish­ing

With RS fac­ing and us­ing A, pick up and knit 1 st for ev­ery 2 rows along the bot­tom 2 sides of the tri­an­gle (i.e. along the inc and dec edges). Knit 1 row. Us­ing the Elas­tic Bind-Off, loosely bind off all sts.

Block neck­er­chief to mea­sure­ments.

Weave in ends.

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