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Tsuwano was the first place I visited by myself when I moved to Japan (had to figure out the trains and everything). It’s a charming little town, small enough to tour by rented bicycle. Large, colorful carp swim in the waterways along the old-fashioned streets. There are two Catholic churches (something of a rarity in Japan) and a beautiful Shinto shrine at the top of a hill that you reach only after passing through a thousand bright red tori gates. The town is known for its traditional paper; the stores are full of beautiful papercrafts and you can visit a small factory to see paper made much the same way it’s been for several hundred years. And, most unusually, you can ride a steam locomotive there and back from the main train line. I kept thinking nostalgically of Tsuwano while I was knitting this scarf, maybe because the scarf, like the town, is so small and so simple yet—if I do say so myself—charming and memorable. It can be worn as an infinity loop, a cowl or a traditional scarf. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and the pattern calls for only one skein (270 yds) of Madeline Tosh Sport or something similar. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit and purl, yarn over, ssk, k2tog GAUGE 18 sts x 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) in garter stitch

Recommended with this pattern

  • Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sport (100% superwash wool); 270 yds/246 m. Color: Posy (pink). One skein. Needles: US #6 (4mm).
  • Tapestry needle; six 5/8" buttons.

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Knitting and crochet designer/teacher and stay-at-home mother to three lovely little girls. Recently relocated to Oregon from the Illinois and enjoying my new life as a West Coaster.