Pattern: Dream Horizontal

I’ve been knitting away at socks and I’m hard at work on the ammonite glove design.  Got a wrench thrown in the works by my husband, who chose a completely different yarn than I’d planned for, but I think the pattern will be the better for it, in the end. 

In the meantime, this is a pattern for a horizontal scarf that I worked up over Christmas.  While not overtly bug-themed, it’s light and floaty and bright, and reminds me of butterflies.  This pattern is also available from ravelry.com as a PDF download.

And a note–this was knit from stash, and the yarn I used, Knitpicks Suri Dream, is now discontinued.  There are a lot of similar yarns out there, though.  Basically you want something light and mohair-looking, but heavier than a laceweight.  It’s also knit horizontally, which is to say side-to-side, which is a method of scarf construction that I just love.  Especially in bulky yarn, it feels like you’ve accomplished so much after just one row!

Dream Horizontal

Dream Horizontal

Yarn: Knitpicks Suri Dream Solid (74% Alpaca, 22% Wool, 4% Nylon, 143 yards per 50g skein)
                Color A: Natural (1 skein)
                Color B: Mulled Wine (1 skein)
                Color C: Hollyberry (1 skein)

Needles & Notions:
US Size 15 (10mm) circular needles, in a long length (at least 24 inches)
Crochet hook or tapestry needle to make the fringe.

Instructions:
Using Color A, cast on 145 stitches.
Row 1: Knit (Note: if you cast on using the long-tailed method, omit Row 1 for this repeat)
Row 2: K1, [yo, k2tog] across

Note: every color change, leave at least 8 inches of tail to be used to make fringe.

Change to Color B, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color C, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color B, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color A, work Rows 1 and 2.

Cast off knitting every stitch, in a method that gives similar tension to your cast on method.  It is not important that the edges be loose (in fact, tight edges help the lace holes open up), but it is important that both edges have the same tension, or the scarf will not hang straight.

Fringe:
To create fringe, use a crochet hook or tapestry needle to thread 16 inches of matching yarn through the short edge of the scarf, matching color with what was worked.  Tie a knot using all the strands of one color (both added and the tails from color changes).  Each similar knot should end up with 4-5 strands of each color.  Repeat on the side without tails, adding 16-inch lengths as necessary.  End by trimming so all ends are even.

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