France/ A Scarf Pattern from Ilga Leja

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What a great design! Here is France, one of Ilga's pieces from her International Year of the Scarf collection.

It is a beautiful garment that is made with double knitting or light worsted yarn.

Ilga writes: "This piece can be worn as a scarf. Or tie one end along the side and it becomes a poncho. Your choice as to which side you want to feature; the solid colour or the stripes.

"Light and airy, while at the same time rich and delicious, that description fits the Brioche Stitch as well as its namesake, the brioche pastry.

"And just like its namesake, its variations are endless. To make it more interesting, I have introduced a variety of colours as contrast colours which show as stripes along one side of the scarf, while the main colour dominates the other side."

To explain a bit further, realize that the Brioche Stitch is a reversible kind of knitting. It gives a two-sided effect without having to knit each side separately. One side is often the exact opposite to the other and the look can be very enticing. You can choose totally different colors to appear on each side. Ilga chose to make it using one color for one side and a series of different colored stripes for the other side. That design option is only one of many. You might want to use a long repeat yarn, like JojoLand's Rhythm for one side and a solid color (Baritone perhaps?) for the other or even two distinct colors of Rhythm one for each side. Or another great yarn for this would be any of the Poems or Poems Silk. Choose two contrasting colorways or even the same colorway started at a different part of it to distinguish one side from the next. Another beautiful mix of colors would be two or more of the Shibui Merino Kid, a delicious DK yarn in almost-solids that are real beauties.

Any of these would be simply gorgeous, in my oh-so-humble opinion!

The scarf you make will be completely your own creation.

By the way, the France Scarf is also suitable for men and for children, too, if you make it smaller.

Size: 20 cm./8 in. wide and 108 cm./43 in. long

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Suggested Yarn: Double knitting or light worsted weight yarn. You will want the yarn for one side to have about 250 yards and choose for the other side one, two, or three contrast colors (or more -- knitter's choice completely) to equal about the same.

Needles: 4.0 mm. (US 6) circular needle

Gauge: 18 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square in Brioche Stitch

We think this looks like tremendous fun.

To help entice you further, anyone purchasing yarn to make this beauty at the same time as the pattern should name that yarn on checking out (via the "Comments" section). We'll go ahead and refund 10% of that yarn -- as our special gift for trying out something new and unique.

Fun fun fun.

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