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Charlotte A. Cavatica
The humble radiant terrific book is now a humble radiant terrific scarf for a new lace knitter to try.
"She's Actual Size" (preferably the live version)
59.5" L x 9"W
Charlotte's Charts (pdf format)
28sts x 36 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.
The scarf is knit in two sections and grafted together, so you will cast on twice.
Cast On and Set-up Rows
Cast on 3 stitches.
The Web (Chart A):
You are now ready to begin working Chart A. Keep in mind that each row begins and ends with 5 stitches of garter stitch. These stitches are knit on every row, and are not included in the chart. Chart A (and all other charts) include “right side” rows only. On the “wrong side” (even numbered) rows, purl across the chart stitches, remembering to knit the 5 garter stitch border stitches on each edge of the scarf. If you have difficulty remembering this, try placing a stitch marker after the first five stitches and before the last five. The visual clue will help.
The Writing (Chart B):
Now it’s time for the pig! Work Chart B, remembering to work the edge stitches (not charted) in garter stitch. As with chart A, every other row (uncharted) is a plain purl row.
The Corpses of Meals Past, aka The Bugs (Charts C and D):
Work Chart C (rows 1-8) once, remembering to keep the garter edges (uncharted) intact. Keep in mind that the even numbered (wrong side) rows are not charted for any of the charts. These rows are purled. The pattern repeat for Chart C is 12 stitches, with the remaining 7 stitches worked at the end of the row.
Work rows 1-8 of Chart D once more.
The Other End:
Work the other triangular web scarf-end by following the instructions for the cast on and setup rows, and Chart A. Remember to follow the directions for the stockinette rows that follow chart A. During one of the knit rows following chart A, decrease 3 stitches as follows: work the edge garter stitches, k2 togeter, k 27, k2 together, k 25, ssk, work the edge garter stitches.
Kitchener Stitch for Garter Stitch:
Step 1: Bring yarn through the first stitch on the front needle purlwise, leaving the stitch on the needle.
Completely immerse the scarf in room temperature or lukewarm water for half an hour. (Use a non-rinse wool wash, if you wish.) Gently remove the scarf from the water, making sure it’s fully support, and gently squeeze (don’t wring!) out as much excess water as you can. Wrap the scarf in an absorbent towel to remove more water. (You may want to put the towel/scarf cocoon on the floor and stand on it, to aid in the squishing.) Block the scarf, using blocking wires or string to help get straight edges. I blocked my scarf to about 66” in length and 10” in width, and found that it shrunk about 10% in each direction after blocking, to ~60” and 9”.