One Row (But Not One Skein) Ascot

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Knitting, Project #112

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s beautiful pattern for handspun yarn was the perfect choice for the Wooly Stripes yarn in my stash. I had to buy a second ball to complete the project, though. To wrap around your neck, Stephanie recommends making the scarf 60 inches long. My first ball made a section about 18 inches long — that would have been 5 balls of this expensive yarn. Reworking was needed for the sake of my budget: I modified her pattern to make a short keyhole scarf, in which one end tucks through a slit in the other end.

One-Row Ascot

Date completed: 11/27/06

Yarn: 160 yards worsted weight yarn
2 skeins Nashua Handknits “Wooly Stripes” (100% wool), 50 g/1.75 oz, 80 m/88 yds, Color WS06: Lilac Blossoms

Knitting Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)

Gauge: 5 sts to 1″ in pattern on US 8 (5 mm) needles
26 sts is 5.25″ in pattern on US 9 (5.5 mm) needles

Pattern: Modified instructions from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, The Yarn Harlot

Finished size: About 5.5″ wide and about 33″ long.

Approximate cost: $20 — yarn was $10.35 per skein ($11.19 with tax)

Notes: Not a one-skein project with this yarn. 1st skein knitted up in pattern a piece about 18″ long. To change width, add or remove stitches in groups of 4.

Cast on 26 stitches. (I used cable cast on method and knit across the first row.)
Row 1: *knit 2, knit into the back of the next stitch, purl 1.
Repeat from * until there are 2 stitches left. Knit 2.

Repeat Row 1: work in pattern for 23″

Work the split:

With yarn tail on the right lower corner, work 13 stitches in pattern.
Join a new ball of yarn. Work the second 13 stitches in pattern with new ball.

Work the split for 14 rows (about 2.25″). Each row in the split is worked as follows:
1st ball: work 13 sts — (K2, KB, P1) 3 times, K1.
2nd ball: work 13 sts — K1, KB, P1. (K2, KB, P1) twice, K2.

Knit across in pattern using just the first ball of yarn to close the split. Cut the second ball of yarn, leaving a tail to weave in.

Work 7″ in pattern until end. Bind off (I used the crochet cast off method). Weave in ends. Reinforce the split (you will have a yarn tail at top and bottom of the split from the joining new yarn).


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