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Highland Thistle Scarf


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Inspired by the stitch pattern "A Bit of Scotland" from the book Knitting Counterpanes, by Mary Walker Phillips, this simple but elegant knit / purl stitch pattern features a five-stitch cable. The original counterpane is in the collection of the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. It featured a 7-stitch cable, flower motif with solid purl flower, large bordering knit/purl blocks, and seed stitch edge borders. Using odd numbers for cables was a traditional knitting technique used in many 19th-century designs. It creates a cable with less tension in the twist than our modern day even stitch cables. The center cable of the Highland Thistle Scarf has knit/purl flowers (which I fancifully see as thistles) on either side, and all bordered with knit/purl blocks an a slip-stitch edging. A handsome textured scarf to keep one warm when the winds are high and the temperatures low. Pattern was professionally tech edited by Robin Melanson. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl cable reading charts GAUGE in pattern stitch 31 sts = 5.4" / 32 rows = 3.75" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 8" wide by 54" long SUGGESTED YARN 520 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Shelridge Yarns DK COLORWAY Nutmeg

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  • 3.5 mm / 4 US knitting needles
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Fell in love with knitting as a young girl, and decades later... there is still so much more to learn, from fancy lace stitches to interesting Japanese knitting techniques. I am particularly smitten with traditional lace, texture and colourwork stitches from different cultures, and incorporate those inspirations into my patterns.