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Sky Ladder Scarf, Blanket, Wrap


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In Chinese mythology, the sky ladder connects heaven and earth, enabling gods and humans to travel between the two. The "ladder" may take the form of a high mountain, mythical tree, tower, rainbow, or cobweb. Appropriately, this project is a squooshy piece of heaven to knit in a variety of shapesscarf, (petite/tall wrap)[baby blanket, throw]for lightweight warmth on chilly spring days. Natural yarn colors will enhance the finer details in the cable and lace textures throughout, while richly-dyed colorways will bring their openwork and depth into focus. With all shapes knit in one piece, the repeating motifs are surprisingly easy to work on larger needles, for a relaxing and satisfying project to snuggle up with on winter evenings. Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size and drape. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, increase/decrease GAUGE scarf and blankets: 21 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on smaller needles wraps: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 7(18, 24)[30, 40] inches wide and 64(72, 84)[30, 50] inches long (washed and blocked) SUGGESTED YARN 1600 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK COLORWAY Pumice

Recommended with this pattern

  • 350(800, 1200)[800, 1600] any springy sport/light DK that knits to pattern gauge
  • Needles: size 7US (4.5 mm) for scarf and blankets (or size to obtain correct gauge) size 8US (5.0 mm) for wraps (or size to obtain correct gauge)

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