Saturday, October 6, 2007

Monteverde Scarf

Designed by Kelley at http://www.kknit.blogspot.com/


On a cold night in the mountains, you need something to cover your shoulders and protect your neck. The alpaca yarn delivers a great deal of warmth, yet does not take up much space. A great traveling knit, it is made from just one ball of Misti Alpaca Lace on size 4 needles. I knit until I ran out of yarn, and used my gauge swatch as well, so if you would like to add more repeats for a longer scarf (or keep your gauge swatch for your records) you will need a second ball of yarn. This scarf is knit in two pieces, from the ends to the middle. The pattern repeat is reversed for the second half so that the diamond pattern mirrors itself when the scarf hangs on your shoulders. The scarf is knitted from the ends to the middle in two pieces, which are then grafted together.

Materials:
1 skein of Misti Laceweight Baby Alpaca, (437 yards/50g), in Pretty in Pink, (color 3140)
Size 4 needles (or size required to get gauge)

Measurements:
Completed scarf measures 11” by 64” after blocking.

Gauge:
23 st = 4” in diamond pattern (charts 2 & 3) after blocking
32 rows = 4” in diamond pattern (charts 2 & 3) after blocking

First Half:
Cast on 57 stitches loosely. Knit 6 rows.
Begin chart 1, knitting repeat 5 times each row.
Knit 6 repeats of Chart 1.

Next Row:
Knit 3, (yo, k2tog) across until 3 stitches are left, k3, turn.
K3, (yo, k2tog) across until 3 stitches are left, k3, turn.
Begin chart 2, knitting repeat five times each row. On row 1, there may be 1 extra stitch before garter edging. If so, k2tog right before the garter edging.

Continue Chart 2 for 17 repeats, ending on row 11. Put scarf on stitchholder.

Second Half:
Cast on 57 stitches loosely. Knit 6 rows.
Begin chart 1, knitting repeat 5 times each row.
Knit 6 repeats of Chart 1.

Next Row:
Knit 3, (yo, k2tog) across until 3 stitches are left, k3, turn.
K3, (yo, k2tog) across until 3 stitches are left, k3, turn.
Begin chart 3, knitting repeat five times each row. On row 1, there may be 1 extra stitch before garter edging. If so, k2tog right before the garter edging.

Continue Chart 3 for 17 repeats, ending on row 9.

Grafting:
With wrong sides together, kitchener stitch the two sides together loosely. Weave in ends. Wet block and pin out to desired dimensions.

Chart Key:

╪ = slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
/ = slip, slip, knit
\ = k2tog
= k on front, purl on back
- = purl
O = yarn over

Chart 1: This pattern is available for private use only. All rights reserved by http://www.kknit.blogspot.com/.


I apologize for the quality of the charts. I have the entire pattern available as a pdf, but could not figure out how to upload it onto my blog. So instead of the pdf, you get photos of the printout of the charts. Does anyone know how to upload a pdf to blogger? Or where I can find a link explaining how to do this? Thanks!



5 comments:

Ami said...

Really pretty! I love how the lace looks from the back in this one. I bet it's sooo soft.

tiennieknits said...

Gorgeous scarf! I don't know how to link a file in blogger - I find blogger very user unfriendly! Sorry!

Queen of the froggers said...

Wow, gorgeous scarf! And the socks are great too. thank you for commenting :)

knitting elephant said...

I love the scarf! In fact, I almost bought a pattern from my LYS that's not as nice as yours... wish I knew how to upload the pdf cause I'd love a copy for myself! (feel free to email it to me...) :-)

Ed said...

I cam across this pattern on Ravelry and it was just what I was looking for. I read your comment about not knowing how to upload a PDF. In case you have not figured it out, here is a link that may help you out http://www.bloggertipsandtricks.com/2007/09/embed-pdf-file-into-post.html