A new free knitting pattern is available in the pattern shop. The Fitzgerald Scarf is an ideal project for the beginner knitter who’s adding new techniques to their toolbox. A basic wide rib pattern is punctuated by slip-stitch cables, which frame garter stitch ovals. The easy-to-work stitch pattern is also reversible, a good feature in a scarf. Two versions are provided: with or without a ruffled edge.
The scarf uses about 400 yds of sport-weight yarn, but you can substitute a bulkier yarn for a bulkier scarf. I like to experiment with mixing yarns, so I double-stranded a mercerized cotton with a alpaca/silk hand-dyed lace weight.
The cotton makes a substantial, heavy fabric, and also tones down the variation of the hand-dyed lace yarn. The silk and alpaca add luxury and softness.