Chachapoyas {Scarf}

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The Chachapoyas (a Quechua word meaning “cloud warriors”) were a mysterious, pre-Incan civilization. The stitch patterns used reference what little is known about them: odd rows show a turban-style hat (“llauto”); even rows show skulls (much of what is known about them was gleaned from their tombs), and the edging mimics the extreme peaks of their home in the misty sky. Knitted in cotton, it’s a light decorative layer to keep you cool and your neck safe from el sol. Knitted in a luxury fiber, it’s a warm, luxe treat to ward off chilly breezes. Scarves fall off, and shawls require extensive knitting; this “scawl” is just long enough to be wrapped once around the neck and loosely tied or pinned in the front. Proof that utility can be beautiful!

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You Will Need:
• 175 yds (160 m) lace weight* yarn (This pattern is great for handspun lace singles!)
• 2.5 mm/US 1½ needles—straight or circular
• yarn needle to weave in ends, 6 safety-pin style stitch markers

Skill Level: Intermediate (lace, simple shaping and finishing)
Techniques: Knitting, purling, knitted-in i-cord, knitting through back loop, right increase in head of stitch below, seaming pieces together, single decreases, yarn overs
Gauge: 38 stitches & 46 rows per 4” (10 cm) square in Llauto Pattern, post-blocking
Finished size: 4” x 33” (10 cm x 84 cm)

Notes:
• To use the row counters in the pattern, please read this blog entry.
• For charts: “right side” is read right-to-left; “wrong side” is read left to right. Technically there isn’t a right or wrong side as the scawl is meant to be reversible.
• The scawl has a miniature i-cord edge that is knitted as you work to finish the sides of the scarf and keep them from curling. If you have trouble remembering to do these before and after working the main motif, it may help you to place stitch markers two stitches in from  each edge.
• Beware casting on too tightly, the end is meant to flare a bit.
• Stitch counts are indicated inside of brackets, i.e. {7 sts}

* Some countries call this “2ply” weight.

Construction:
The main portion of the stole is knitted first, then the edgings are knitted separately and seamed to it. This gives them a little more stability so that they will lay flat. You may also wish to use 6 plastic safety-pin style stitch markers to aid in seaming. An online seaming tutorial is linked in the pattern. The test knitters used a variety of lace yarns and needed as many as 150+ yards (137  m). 175 ensures plenty 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 1.8 megabytes. The latest version of the pattern was released on January 12, 2011.

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