Appleby Scarf by Joy Gerhardt

Appleby Scarf

January 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
430 yards (393 m)
70” (175cm) long and 10” (25cm) wide
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Fancy a quick knit in some unique striping yarn?
This scarf takes a modified version of a traditional lace edging, Appleby Lace, and gives it a decidedly modern twist with hand-dyed self-striping yarn and interesting construction. The pattern would also work up lovely in other types of yarn, but it was designed specifically with stripes in mind. Knit from tip to tip, the stripes start thick and get thinner and thinner towards the middle of the scarf, and then start to thicken again on the other end. Large swathes of stockinette give striping the center stage, while a garter lace edging knitted at the same time gives added interest, texture, and a scalloped edge. The scarf is knit at a relatively large gauge for a light, lacy feel and a quick knit, using only one 100g skein of sock yarn.

The shawlette is constructed from tip to tip – starting at one edge, the knitter casts on a small number of stitches, then increases to the full width and begins the lace edge pattern. Then, on the other side, the knitter begins decreasing and finally a small number of stitches are bound off at the opposite edge. This construction shows off the self-striping yarn beautifully – the stripes are thick on the edges and grow thinner toward the center of the scarf.

The lace edging includes both written instructions and a chart.