The calendar might well say March 21st, the First Day of Spring, but it doesn't feel very Spring-like here. The fourth Nor'Easter in only 3 weeks has just passed through the area, adding more snow to the large volume that is already on the ground.
I suppose I should be knitting tank-tops and summer cardigans, but instead I have a pair of warm gloves on my needles and am thinking of a new scarf or cowl to follow. Winter is definitely not finished yet!
So here's a scarf that is just perfect for knitting right now. This is Anna's new pattern, the Nadine Scarf, featuring a beautiful stitch from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches.
The stitch is called Irish Squares and features short sections of a 2x2 rib bridging over wider squares of Irish Moss Stitch. The ribbed sections of the pattern draw in while the Moss Stitch expands widthwise, giving a wonderfully curving appearance to the design.
The Nadine Scarf shows this stunning surface texture to perfection and both sides have an immediate visual impact. The stitch also traps the air very well, so the scarf is cozy and warm — just perfect for this time of year.
The pattern looks complicated to knit but is surprisingly easy once you get going, so the scarf would make a good next-level design for a beginner knitter wishing to stretch their wings.
The finished scarf is 180cm/71 ins long and 24cm/9.5 ins wide and is worked in Knit Picks 'Swish DK', which is a beautifully soft 100% merino wool.
The scarf shown has been worked in Col #24050 Bordeaux, a deep wine colour, but it would also look good in many other shades too. I have just checked the KP website and see that they have 39 different colours listed for this yarn (and before you ask, no — I don't get any commission from KnitPicks. I just like their yarns!)
To read more about this new pattern, please see Anna's website, Kiku Knits. It is also available in her Etsy store and on Loveknitting, Ravelry and Craftsy.
If you would like to read more about our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches, then please click here. The book includes not only this stitch but also 199 others! There's a Lookbook on the website so you can browse through a few sample pages. The book is available as a Print book, an E-book or a Print and Digital Package.
Happy End-of-Winter Knitting!
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