Saturday, January 2, 2010

Week One: Chrysopoeia

I went Wikisurfing to find a name for this pattern, and ran across the word "chrysopoeia". It's a Greek word, used in alchemy to refer to transmutation into gold. And that's what knitting this scarf felt like--turning inexpensive, workhorse wool into a stream of gorgeous gold.

If you would like to use this pattern to make a scarf for the Red Scarf Project, send me an e-mail with "Chrysopoeia for RSP" in the subject line and I will send you a free copy. You're on the honor system.

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Chrysopoeia uses ribbed cables on a garter stitch background to create a fully reversible scarf. It's easy--seven of every eight rows are worked in exactly the same way. Once I got into the groove, I churned it out in four evenings of TV-watching. Both charted and written instructions are included.

Price: $4.50 (USD)

Yarn Required: Approximately 440 yards of an aran- or worsted-weight yarn that cables well. (Pictured: Hobby Lobby “I Love This Wool!” in Sungold – 2 skeins/200 grams/438 yards, 93% wool/7% polyamide).

Tools Required:
  • US size 8 needles
  • 1 US size 8 cable needle or double-pointed needle
  • Tapestry needle
Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” in garter stitch Finished Measurements: As pictured: 6.5” wide, 55” long. Adjust to suit your needs.