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My friend Cris asked me to post the pattern of the scarf I’d adapted from the Monterey shawl pattern, saying she’s more about the scarves, herself, and I promised I would.
Here’s what you do.Â Start with one copy of “Wrapped in Comfort, Knitted Lace Shawls;” turn to page 44, the Monterey Bay Aquarium-inspired shawl.
Yarn: one skein Camelspin by Handmaiden.ca, 300m/100g,Â in the bluegreen Topaz colorway; I had 36g left when I was done. (Cris was swooning, “What IS this?! This is SO soft!” Yes, it is, and shimmery, too, knitted up; it’s one of my favorite yarns.)
Needles: I used size 5mm, which in American sizes is an 8. Note that the seaweed pattern spreads out quite a bit less than the jellyfish, making for a warmer, denser area for the neck.
Cast on 39.
Row 1 and all wrong side rows except as noted in the jellyfish: purl.
Rows 2 and 6: as row 6 in the book.
Rows 4 and 8: as row 12 in the book.
row 10–as row 30 in the book, except: when there are three stitches on left needle near the end of the row, pick up the bar between the second and third stitches.Â You now have four where there were three.Â Use that new stitch while making your ssk that’s in the pattern directions, then knit the last two stitches.
Now that you have the right stitch count for the jellyfish, do four repeats of them in total, going along as written in the book. (The jellyfish are rows 30-37.)
Next: I was going to go straight to the seaweed pattern, but found that without the increase row like the shawl has, you’ll have a set of two trying to match up with a set of three.Â It doesn’t work. I went back to doing as rows 2-8 above, which leaves no straight lines and no sense of anything being skewed. That’s the stitch I was using to convey a sense of water bubbles at the edge of the surf.
Then do the seaweed section, which is row 18 in the book. The first time, you’ll need to decrease one stitch to get it back down to a count of 39 to match the new pattern. I did this by ending the row with k2tog, k1; this made it so that the edge didn’t have a jog.
I did 55 repeats of the seaweed row.
Then I did rows 2-8 as noted above.
Then back to the jellyfish. Note that in the finished scarf the jellyfish will hang going in one direction on one side of the body as you wear the scarf and the other way on the other.Â This is okay. Fishies swim. It’s one of their charms. Do four sets of jellyfish: don’t forget, for the first row of them, to increase one stitch as you did before near the end of the row.
Now go back and do rows 2-8 as above twice more.
Purl that last row, cast off, run the ends in, and enjoy.
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