Thin Edge of the Wedge

BY SHUI KUEN KOZINSKI

This reversible asymmetrical double garter scarf is achieved by alternating strands of two colors, knit every row, using the ‘double point sliding technique’. This technique is so called because on alternate rows, you slide stitches to the opposite end of your double pointed or circular needle. Double garter stitch makes its fabric light and puffy, and working it in two closely related colors gives it rich color depth.

This scarf was originally designed as a single wedge (pictured in 4 Ply weight purple and indigo yarn on our dark-haired model and in two tones of mulberry on our wire dress form), with a pointed tip at one end, and a wide end at the other, knit from the pointed tip up, with increases on one side and slow decreases on another side, until desired size .

In its second version (pictured in DK weight cacao and scallop Shell pink yarn), we joined two smaller wedges, following the original increasing instructions for the first half of the scarf’s length, then decreasing for the second half. The result was a quick to knit, smaller, but thicker neck scarf with two wedges that meet in the middle and result in two points.

  • Experience Level: Advanced beginner.
  • Finished Sizes:  4 Ply Original Version – approximately 183 cm (72″) in length by 46 cm (18″) at widest width after blocking; DK Version –  approximately 152 cm (60″) in length by 20 cm (8″) at widest point, after blocking.
  • Materials: Original Version – 200 m (218 yards) each of 2 colors of fingering weight yarn (28 st 10 cm/4″); 110 m (120 yards) each of 2 colors of DK weight yarn (21-23 sts to 10 cm/4″). Virtually any gauge of yarn can be adapted to this pattern, as it’s easy to decide upon and achieve the size you wish either version of the scarf to be as you knit.  Simply knit a test swatch first to achieve a fabric that pleases you, remembering that yardage required will be more or less, depending on the weight of yarn you use.
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