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Subtlism Scarf

Looks can be deceiving: the dynamic pattern that makes up Subtlism’s unisex texture looks complicated, but it’s actually wonderfully simple. In fact, it’s made up entirely of knit and purl variations! The fabric also has a tendency to gently pleat itself, making it look even fancier. Isn’t it amazing what you can create out of just knits and purls?

Knit from end to end, Subtlism is incredibly easy to customize. It will work with many different yarn weights and colorways as well as for many different accessory sizes, so you can customize to your heart’s content. The pattern is for the sample shown, but you can easily modify the length, width, and even yarn weight to suit your preference. The pattern includes a link to a free planning worksheet to help you plan your version.

Subtlism is both written and charted, and it has been tech edited and test knit, so you can cast on with confidence.

Length: 85” / 216 cm
Width: 8.5” / 21.5 cm
Measurements taken after firm blocking.

Approximately 568 yd / 520 m of DK weight yarn

Shown in Madelinetosh DK Twist (100% Merino; 250 yd / 229 m per 119 g / 4.2 oz skein) in Depth

Note: Sample used two full skeins of recommended yarn. Yardage total given here includes includes a 15% buffer on top of that. Pattern is easily adjustable to accommodate different put-ups and yarn weights.

US 6 / 4 mm needles of choice for working flat, or size needed to obtain gauge

Four stitch markers (optional), tapestry needle. Blocking wires are highly recommended to achieve a straight edge but are not required.

21 stitches and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Body Texture after firm blocking. Gauge is not crucial but will affect yardage used and final dimensions.

Knitting and purling, both normally and through the back loop. Pattern includes links to more information about required stitches and techniques.

Here’s how testers described knitting Subtlism: beginner-friendly, easy to customize, engaging, relaxing, intriguing, rhythmic, never boring, good TV knitting, fun, meditative, and intuitive.

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