L’accordéon {Infinity Scarf}

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I wanted to create a project that looked interesting, but wasn’t too difficult to knit. After a bit of tinkering, L’accordéon was born. This reversible infinity scarf is as simple and relaxing to knit as it is stylish and fun to wear. Repetitive patterns like this are great for learning how to read the knitted fabric so you can see where to begin the next sequence. When worked in cotton or linen, L’accordéon is a perfect scarf for summer, while a wool or baby alpaca version would be toasty warm for winter. The best thing about this pattern is that the undulating ribs form vertical and horizontal pleats that make the finished scarf look far more complicated than it really is.

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You Will Need:
• 550 yards (502 m) lace* weight yarn, two strands held together
275 yards (251 m) fingering* weight yarn
• 2 feet (.6 m) fingering weight waste yarn in a contrasting color (for provisional cast-on)
• 2.75mm (US 2) needles, straight or circular
• 3.25mm crochet hook (for provisional cast-on)
• yarn needle (for grafting), 3 stitch markers (1 to mark the wrong side, 2 to mark edge stitches for i-cord)

Skill Level: Experienced**
Techniques Employed: Provisional cast-on, knitting, purling, slipping stitches, grafting.
Gauge: 33 stitches & 44 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in Plissé Pattern, unblocked
Finished size: 4” (10 cm) wide x 49” (125 cm) circumference

• Yarn used is Noro Sekku, colors 5 and 6, one strand of each held together.
• Knitted too loosely, knit-to-purl transitions can look sloppy. If using an inelastic yarn (like cotton or silk), select a needle size at least one full millimeter smaller than you would for stockinette. This will keep the stitches looking neat. A firmly knitted fabric also helps the pleats to be more pronounced. Please keep this in mind if substituting a different weight of yarn and needle size.
• Some techniques are illustrated in tutorials linked on the last page of the pattern.
• Scarf shown is wrapped twice, and pinned with a vintage brooch.

* Some countries call lace “2ply” weight & fingering “4ply” weight.
** The provisional cast-on and grafting are what determine the “experienced” skill level; a simpler version is also given on page 2.

The scarf is cast on provisionally, then knitted around to either the desired length or near the end of whatever yarn you happen to be using. It is then grafted closed so that it is truly reversible because both sides are identical and the seam is invisible. The yardage (meterage) specified includes a bit of padding in case the desired length is longer than that given in pattern or the yarn chosen happens to get “eaten” faster than expected. The pattern is 3 pages long and roughly 740 kilobytes. The latest version of the pattern was released on May 4, 2011.

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