Alison Crowther-Smith

Star-Crossed Scarf in Pure Wool DK and Kidsilk Haze or KSH and Shimmer

I might as well call this design Smoke and Mirrors because that’s what it is:  a trick.  It looks hard but in fact, it’s fairly easy knitting once you’ve learned the trick.  Which you will do after a quick practice pass, I promise.

It combines Kidsilk Haze with Pure Wool DK and being based on a garter stitch ‘base’, happily lies flat and even throughout.  The Kidsilk Haze does the hard work in between, thus giving us a pleasant variation of texture and also of ply.

There is a glamorous version of this design, in which we use Shimmer rather than Pure Wool DK.  When you buy this pattern, you get both options.  Here it is in Shimmer:

About the scarf

It is simply based on garter stitch (the Pure Wool DK) and this alternates with stripes of Kidsilk Haze, in which you work the crossed-stitch magic.  A long fringe in Kidsilk Haze completes the design.

Degree of difficulty

Fairly easy.  There is only one slightly tricky move that is fully explained.  If you can knit and purl, you can do this, though I strongly recommend that you practice the crossed feature first on a little swatch, and this is also explained in the kit pattern.

What you will need

4 balls of yarn – 2 of Kidsilk Haze and 2 of Pure Wool DK; or for the Shimmer version, 2 balls of Kidsilk Haze and 2 of Shimmer

Needles used

You will need to provide a pair of 4mm needles.

Buy this pattern – £4