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Esther's 1995 Knitlist Gift Exchange Pattern

Copyright 1995 Esther S. Bozak. All rights reserved.
Please read full copyright notice at end of pattern.

I avoid all of the problems associated with having many friends, each of whom celebrates/observes one or more of the religious and secular holidays of this time of year, by celebrating a more personal holiday, hobbit style. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with hobbits and their customs, I refer you to J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. :-)

My hobbit gift to you all is yet another scarf! But wait, it gets better since you can easily expand this idea to create a shawl or an afghan. And you can use just about any yarn you like. I'd recommend a sports, DK, or worsted weight. Gauge isn't all that important either since this is a very stretchy pattern stitch; I've given you my gauges for this pattern stitch for both sports and worsted weight yarns as a guide.

The pattern stitch I've used comes from Jane Neighbors' Reversible Two-Color Knitting. (If you ever see a copy of this book, which I think may be out-of-print, grab it. It fits very nicely on your shelf of knitting books, between Barbara Walker's 3-vol. treasury of patterns and Beverly Royce's Notes on Double Knitting.) It is a thermal stitch (i.e. has little built-in pockets to trap the air), which Ms. Neighbors calls "Shadow Boxing" and is an "opposite reversible" pattern. That is, one color/yarn will dominate one side of the fabric; the other color/yarn, the other side. The result is a lightweight, warm, truly reversible fabric. The key to this stitch is to use large needles, much larger than you would normally use for the given yarn you've selected.

You will need two yarns (identified as A & B.) As for what yarn to use, anything goes so long as both yarns are the same weight. Suggestions: For a bold look, use two strongly contrasting colors; a sophisticated, elegant look is created by using shades of the same color. I think it's equally fun to mix textures. Try a "smooth" yarn (silk, merino or alpaca, for example) with a "hairy" yarn (mohair or angora). A boucle or chenille might work well as one of the yarns, too. You don't have to work with expensive yarns, such as my above examples, either; I did my swatches with an acrylic sports weight "smooth" yarn and an acrylic sport weight "faux" angora. Double the fun by mixing color and texture! My favorite swatch so far has been the above-mentioned acrylic yarns, one cream and the other white. Have fun! :-)


My gauges:

Abbreviations & Terms:

Pattern Stitch:

Shadow Boxing Stitch -- opposite reversible; multiple of 4 sts plus 3.
Cast on with yarn A, slide.
Be sure to keep the first stitch of each row loose.
Row 1: With yarn B -- K3, * sl 1 yib letting extra wrap drop (there will be no extra wrap in the very first row), k3, rep from *. Turn.
Row 2: With yarn B -- P1, p1 wrapping the yarn twice around needle instead of once, p1 * sl 1 yif, p1, p1 with double wrap, p1, rep from *. Slide.
Row 3: With yarn A -- K1, * sl 1 yib letting extra wrap drop, k3, rep from *, ending k1. Turn.
Row 4: With yarn A -- P1, sl 1 yif, p1, * p1 with double wrap, p1 sl 1 yif, p1, rep from *. Slide.
Repeat Rows 1-4.


Cast on 43 sts for a scarf, either weight above, since 8-9" is a good scarf width. If you want a wider scarf, make sure that when you add more stitches you end up with a multiple of 4 plus 3. Work the pattern stitch (given below) until desired length is reached. Bind off loosely. Block. Add fringe (optional).


COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright 1995 by Esther Smith Bozak. All rights expressly reserved. This pattern may be used by individuals for personal use only. It can be distributed to and shared with others as long as it remains fully intact, including this copyright notice. It may not be sold, used to produce items for sale, or used in a compilation or archive of any kind without the expressed written permission of the designer.
Last Updated: July 30, 1999
Esther S. Bozak
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