Crystal Palace Yarns
free knit Panda Silk DK
Mother of Pearl Scarf
by Grumperina for Crystal Palace Yarns
The Mother of Pearl scarf is so named for two reasons: first, the bamboo
content of Panda Silk DK creates a shimmery fabric, reminiscent of nacre,
or mother of pearl. Second, the stitch patterns used in the scarf resemble
mollusk shells: clams and scallops in the center panel, oysters and mussels
along the edges.
This scarf explores motifs with fluctuating stitch counts. The
hand and flow of the fabric is transformed when increases and decreases aren’t
paired, resulting in a wonderful three-dimensional landscape. Thoughtful
placement of knit and purl stitches further raises the “shells" from the
background, creating a sense of embossment. In addition, the number of knits and
purls is balanced: the scarf does not curl after light blocking, and the wrong
side looks neat and orderly.
Panda Silk DK makes the perfect
spring scarf: light and soft, but with enough wool content for the unavoidable
Difficulty level: experienced
1. Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Silk
DK, 52% Bamboo; 43% Merino Wool; 5% Silk; 120
yds/50 grams; 5 balls #2510 frosted rosewater.
Crystal Palace Bamboo
Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm).
3. Crochet hook: US G-6/4.0 mm.
4. Darning needle.
Gauge: using US 6 (4.0 mm) needles and after blocking,
20 sts and 27 rows per 4" square in Mother of Pearl pattern.
Finished size: after blocking, 10.5" wide and 70" long.
CO: cast on; BO: bind off; RS: right side; WS: wrong side; st(s):
stitch(es); k: knit; p: purl; k2tog: knit 2 stitches together; p2tog: purl 2
stitches together; SSK: slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; yo: yarn
over; sl 1: slip 1 stitch; kwise: knitwise; pwise: purlwise; wyib: with yarn in
back; wyif: with yarn in front; dec: decrease; PSSO: pass slipped st(s) over;
1. p1 elongated: p1 st wrapping yarn twice; drop extra wrap
from needle on next row.
2. from 1 st make 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 in 1 st.
3. dec 5 sts to 1: sl 3 sts individually kwise, k2tog, PSSO.
Using a US 8 (5.0 mm) needle, CO 49 sts. Switch to a US 6
(4.0 mm) needle.
(Optional: work a set-up row if you need a return row - Row 12 of
Mother of Pearl Scarf chart.)
Start Mother of Pearl Scarf chart, and work until scarf measures 70" or
desired length, ending with row 11. BO all sts as follows: using a US 8 (5.0 mm)
needle, sl 1 pwise wyif, *p1, pass first st over second st, rep from * until 2
sts remain; p2tog, pass first st over second st.
Do not cut yarn.
Using a 4.0 mm crochet hook, finish with single crochet along cast-on and
Weave in ends and block lightly.
Mother of Pearl Chart in PDF format is HERE.
Thanks to Grumperina for a wonderful pattern -
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copyright 2009 Crystal Palace
Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. & Grumperina - We are happy to share this pattern with
knitters. The pattern
may be used for
non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any
publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format
without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk
welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.
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