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Patina Scarf

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Patina is a DK-weight scarf that combines two of my favourite techniques: slip stitches and embroidery. 

The body of the scarf is worked in a slip-stitch pattern producing a subtle woven effect that can be seen even when the main yarn has a gradient colouring. After casting off, small amounts of contrast-coloured fingering weight yarn and very basic techniques are used to add a floral motif that draws the eye to the scarf's edges. As a final twist, the embellished section is folded and grafted to create a tube through which the opposite end is threaded, securing the scarf when worn. 

The scarf begins with a crochet provisional cast-on after which the body of the scarf is worked in a slip stitch pattern. This creates a woven effect on the right side, which is mirrored by a raised textured pattern on the wrong side of the fabric. Slipping two stitches at the beginning of each row create a neat, rolled finish down each long edge of the scarf.

Although it may look difficult, the embroidery combines 3 basic techniques: detached chain stitch, twisted chain stitch and French knots. For anyone new to embroidery, photo tutorials are included to guide you through the embroidery techniques.

Skill Level
Intermediate / advanced

Finished Measurements
One size only - 161cm long and 18.5cm wide [63½in long and 7¼in]

Yarn A Schoppel Wolle Gradient DK weight - used for the scarf
100% wool; 260m per 100g ball or 284 yds per 3½ oz. Shown here in Tea Ceremony / Teezeremonie (2249); Quantity needed: 2 x 100g balls 

Yarn B Schoppel Wolle Zauberball 4ply / fingering weight - used for embroidery
75% superwash wool, 25% biodegradable nylon; 420m per 100g ball or 459 yards per 3½ oz. Shown here in Autumn Is Timeless / Herbstzeitlos (2335); 1 x 100g ball

If substituting yarn the approximate quantities required are
Yarn A DK weight 520m [570yds]
Yarn B Fingering weight approximately 5m [6yds] in each of three different shades
(You can of course use small amounts of fingering weight from your stash)

One pair 4.5mm [US 7] knitting needles
4.5mm [US H/8] crochet hook for provisional cast on

Also Needed
A small quantity of smooth waste yarn of approximately DK weight
Locking stitch markers
Tapestry needle
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