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This pattern is a part of the Just Lines e-book.

This fully reversible scarf uses a slipped stitch technique over 2 colour garter stitch. This technique creates a super squishy fabric with stripes that feel like double thick cables. It is knit with two colours of worsted weight yarns and produces stripes of one colour on one side and the other colour on the reverse.

The reversible slipped stitch technique creates an optical illusion where the garter stitch surrounding a reversible design element takes on the colour of that design element. It looks like there are thick diagonal dark bands on the scarf. The other side of the scarf has similar looking light-coloured bands. If you look closely at the scarf, you will see that the entire background of the scarf is worked in the same two-colour garter; it is only the colour of the reversible stripes that changes colour! The dark bands are an illusion.

The scarf is worked in a mosaic style of knitting.

This sample (knitted in worsted weight yarn) is quite long (7 ft 5 in/ 2.25m) and uses 300 yd/ 275m of each colour. Using two 200 yard/ 183 meter skeins of worsted weight yarn will make a 5 foot/ 1.50 m scarf -- perfect tucked into a coat. This design also works well in DK weight yarn.

A slipped stitch reversible line is a simple combination of 2 stitches. Please see the Just Lines e-bookto explore different ways that this technique can be used.

Please see Choosing Your Colours blog post if you need help choosing your yarn colours.

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Published in Mary W Martin's Store
Just Lines e-book
Craft: Knitting
Category: Neck / Torso → Scarf
Suggested yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Peru
Yarn weight: Aran (8 wpi) ?
Gauge: 17 stitches and 26 rows = 10 cm in garter stitch
Needle size: US 8 - 5.0 mm
Yardage: 400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
Sizes available: length adjustable
Languages: English
You will get a PDF (1MB) file

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