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Hot Scotch


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  • Stranded

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Looking to warm up? How about some Hot Scotch? This hat and scarf set will knit up quickly in a bulky alpaca that is sinfully soft, giving the modified beret a beautiful drape. A fair-isle band gives the hat posture: it drapes rather than slouches. The bands are easy two-color stranded knitting, a great introduction to the art of fair isle knitting. Because the fair isle band looks the same both upside down and right-side up, the scarf is seamlessly constructed as a tube. Pull one end of the scarf through a slit in the tube, and you have a polished pulled-together look. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit in the round Increase Decrease Basic knowledge of stranded colorwork GAUGE 12 sts and 17 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch (St st) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Hat Brim Measurement: S(18") M(20") L(21") Scarf Measurement: 5" wide x 32" long SUGGESTED YARN 380 yards of Chunky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande COLORWAY # 500 Black and #2050 Red

Recommended with this pattern

  • between 300 and 380 yds chunky weight yarn
  • Set of five Size 101/2 (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles
  • Tapestry needle

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The fiber obsession began at six years old, and my first original design was the infamous Barbie tube top. Since Barbie wasn’t paying me a living wage to keep her stylishly dressed, I ended up going to college, knitting feverishly throughout my education to maintain my sanity. I quit my day job at the phone company when I discovered that real people actually liked what I made, and have been designing ever since. I have co-authored two books: The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails and The Crocheter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails. I have designed for several major yarn companies and contributed to various magazines, books, and other publications .