July 14, 2014

Evolving 森 Mori Infinity Scarf

It may be July and you may have noticed I've knitted more infinity scarves in the last year than is healthy, but I can promise this will be the last for a good while (hopefully). 


I'm calling this scarf Evolving Mori to celebrate the yarn and scarf itself as well as the scarf's recipient. To me, the yarn's muted green colors perfectly illustrate a grove of old-growth trees, hence the word mori (), Japanese for "forest." The forest is evolving to embrace other forms, like the growth-like bobbles on the scarf or the friend who I made this for, who happens to be Japanese and American. (As you may notice, the model -- my sister -- is neither the owner of this scarf nor biracial.)


The scarf is meant to be a belated birthday gift. I knew it would be late, but over a month?! Oops. This scarf took me a bit longer than usual. My extended tardiness cannot be credited to the pattern's difficulty, because it was quite doable, but probably because I've knitted way too many similar pieces lately. Even better reason to give the infinity scarf obsession a break!





Evolving Mori Infinity Scarf Pattern
Adapted from Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns "Amber"

Yarn: 200 m (2 skeins) Loops and Threads' Charisma in Deep Woods
Needles 10.5 (6.5 mm)

Cast on 21 sts.
Row 1: P2, yo, k1, bobble, k3, double decrease, p1, k 3 tog, k3, bobble, yo, k1, yo, p2.
Row 2 (WS): Work as sts appear: k the k sts, p the p sts, and p yo loops. 
Row 3: P2, yo, k1, yo, k3, double decrease, bobble, p1, bobble, k 3 tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, p2. 
Row 5: P2, yo, k1, yo, k2, double decrease, bobble, k1, p1, k1, bobble, k 3 tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, p2. 
Row 7: P2, (yo, k1) x2, double decrease, bobble, k2, p1, k2, bobble, k 3 tog, (k1, yo) x2, p2.
Row 9: P2, k 3 tog, k3, bobble, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, bobble, k3, double decrease, p2.
Row 11: P2, bobble, k 3 tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, k3, double decrease, bobble, p2. 
Row 13: P2, k1, bobble, k 3 tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, k2, double decrease, bobble, k1, p2.
Row 15: P2, k2, bobble, k 3 tog, (k1, yo) x2, p1, (yo, k1) x2, double decrease, bobble, k2, p2.
Repeat rows 1-16 twelve times or until desired length. Cast off, sew ends together on the wrong side, and weave in ends. And voilà! (or should I say ここに !)

Abbreviations
k - knit
p - purl
st(s) - stitch(es)
yo - yarn over
bobble - in same stitch, p, k, p, k, p. Then wrap first four layers over last p st.
double decrease - sl 1, k 2 tog, psso
sl 1 - slip one st as if to k
k 3 tog - k 3 sts together as 1 st
psso - pass slipped stitch over k st and drop it
x2 - work pattern in parenthesis two times

Notice: As I have learned from my past scarves with this yarn, blocking efforts will not be very useful. Part of the design is to let the scarf stay curled.

You can find a printable pattern available in a bit under the "patterns" or right here.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Happy summer!

Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth

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