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Mother of Pearl Scarf

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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 April snowstorm.

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; rep: repeat.

Stitch Glossary:
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 bind-off edges.
Weave in ends and block lightly.

Mother of Pearl Chart in PDF format is HERE.


Thanks to Grumperina for a wonderful pattern - visit her blog to keep up with her knitting.

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 DK are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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