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Drills

Originally released as an MKAL, this is the complete pattern not broken into clues.

In Irish dance, there are sequences of steps that are repeated for sound, rhythm and to check “little things” like posture. These sequences are called drills and most often revolve around trebles and treble-hop-backs in hardshoe, and 3s/skip-2-3s and 7s in softshoes. In either case, they are to Irish dancing what knits and purls are to knitting. Hence the name of this pattern. This scarf features knit and purl patterns commonly seen on ganseys or fishermen's sweaters, knit on the bias. It's pretty simple but looks very impressive. It is knit flat using increases and decreases at the edges to shape the piece. There are both written instructions and charts; knitter’s choice of which you follow.

Gauge: 24 sts & 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette st

Materials:
  • 550 yds/503 m of DK weight wool (scarf shown knit with Diamond Luxury Collection Fine Merino Superwash DK in “Royal”)
  • size 4.0 mm/US 6 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, for working flat
  • a tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • safety pin or locking st marker to mark the right side of the scarf; the first few patterns are reversible so this can be a big help in keeping track of where you are

Update: I’m making it a priority to go back through my patterns and add low vision pdfs to them. I’m using the guidelines set out by the Accessible Patterns group. Changes in the new pdf include: 22pt font instead of 12pt, photo(s) captioned, page numbers shifted to the lower left hand side from the lower right hand side, and the use of bold type in place of italics and underlines.

You will get the following files:

  • PDF (104KB)
  • PDF (153KB)

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