Asawa by Thien-Kieu Lam


November 2021
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, after blocking.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
575 - 1110 yards (526 - 1015 m)
1 (2, 3)
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Note: The individual pattern PDF for Asawa is published in a different format from the original publication. Errata for the book editions can be found at the above link.

Accessibility: Purchase of the individual pattern includes an additional digital pdf in an easy-to-read format. The easy-to-read format is written in 22 point sans serif font (Arial) in all black text. It has no italics. All of the directions are fully written out. No charts are used for this version.

Asawa is worked flat from end to end. It incorporates cables, garter, and reverse stockinette. Garter stitch is not merely a background for the cables but is seamlessly integrated into the motif. The garter stitch and the cables equally contribute to the visual impact of the design. Choose Size 1 for an everyday scarf with flair, Size 2 for a bolder statement piece, or Size 3 for a lush wrap.

The Asawa scarf is named for artist Ruth Asawa, whose work includes three-dimensional pieces created by drawing lines through space using wire.

1 (2, 3)

The sample in Dawn (pink) is shown in size 1. The other sample in Yellow Brick Road (yellow) is shown in size 2. If you would like to knit an even bigger scarf, we have given you instructions for size 3, too.

Width: 9.5 (13.5, 17.5)“ / 24 (34, 44.5) cm.
Length: 69.5 (74.25, 74.25)” / 176.5 (188.5, 188.5) cm.

Yarn: 3 (4, 5) skeins of Corrie Worsted by La Bien Aimée (75% Falkland Corriedale, 25% Gotland, 250 yds / 230 m – 100 g), colorway Dawn (pink sample).

Or 575 (864, 1110) yds / 526 (790, 1015) m of worsted weight yarn.

Needles: US 6 / 4 mm 24” / 60 cm circular needles.

Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle, T-pins and wires (optional for blocking).

21 sts x 30 rows to 4” / 10 cm on US 6 / 4 mm needles in cable pattern, after blocking.