|"Whimsy": Zig-Zag Mesh Kerchief|
|The purple kerchief was made with worsted weight acrylic on US#5 needles. The green version was made with sport weight mercerized cotton on US#7 needles. Use whatever yarn and needles you like: thicker yarn and/or smaller needles for a tighter, firmer mesh; thinner yarn and/or larger needles for a lacier, more open effect. Gauge doesn't matter since you knit this from the tip up and just stop when it reaches the size you want.|
Spine: When called for in the pattern, work the spine stitches as follows: (k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk)
k = knit; m1 = make one; p = purl; yo = yarn over; k2tog = knit 2 stitches together; ssk = slip, slip, knit; pm = place marker
Cast on 3.
1. k1, m1, p1, m1, k1 (Wrong side; 5 stitches).
2. k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 (Right side; 7 stitches).
3, and all odd rows hereafter. k2, p to within last 2 stitches, k2 (WS)
4. k2, yo, k3, yo, k2 (RS; 9).
6. k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2 (RS; 11).
8. k2, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k2 (RS; 13).
10. k2, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2 (RS; 15).
12. k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk, PM, Spine, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2 (RS; 17).
14. k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, slip marker; Spine, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2 (RS; 19).
16. k2, yo, k1, [yo, ssk], repeat [ ] until you reach the marker; Spine, [k2tog, yo], repeat [ ] to within last 3 stitches; k1, yo, k2.
18. k2, yo, k1, [yo, ssk], repeat [ ] until 1 stitch remains before marker; k1, Spine, k1, [k2tog, yo], repeat [ ] to within last 3 stitches; k1, yo, k2.
Repeat rows 16-19 until kerchief reaches desired length.
Alternatively, to add the zig-zag effect: Repeat rows 16-19 until you wish to have the mesh start leaning the other direction (every 10 rows or so is fine). Then work these alternate rows:
16. k2, yo, k1. [k2tog, yo], repeat [ ] until you reach the marker; Spine, [yo, ssk], repeat [ ] to within last three stitches; k1, yo, k2.
18. k2, yo, k1. [k2tog, yo], repeat [ ] until 1 stitch remains before marker; k1, Spine, k1, [yo, ssk], repeat [ ] to within last three stitches; k1, yo, k2.
To reverse direction again, just return to the original rows 16-19. Continue zig-zagging in this fashion until the kerchief is desired length. As a rule of thumb, it should be wide enough at the needle edge to wrap that edge around your head like a headband and have the ends nearly meet at the back of your head.
Finishing: Here are two possible ways to finish the "headband" edge of the kerchief.
I-Cord Edging: This is used on the purple version.
Last RS row: K across. Leave stitches on needles, but cut yarn leaving a tail of 6" or more so it won't unravel. If using circular needles, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle (you're going to be working across the same direction as the row you just finished, i.e., the opposite side from where the yarn tail is). If on straight needles, transfer the stitches back to the left hand needle to achieve the same effect.
I-cord: On DPNs of the same size or 1-2 sizes larger than the needles used for the kerchief, cast on 3 stitches and make I-cord for 6-12" (desired length of ties). Then switch to applied I-cord, attaching the cord to the live stitches of the kerchief as you work across. When you reach the end of the kerchief, work another length of I-cord as long as the first tie. Bind off, weave in ends, block & wear!
Eyelet Edging: This is used on the green version.
Start on WS.
1. K across.
2. k2, [yo, ssk] to marker; (if 1 stitch remains before marker, k1, slip marker, work Spine, k1; if no stitch remains before marker, just work Spine); then, [k2tog, yo] to last 2 stitches; k2.
3. K across.
Bind off loosely. Weave in ends. Block to triangular shape. To finish the eyelet edging, thread a ribbon or knitted I-cord through the top row of yo eyelets, leaving 6-12" of ribbon on either side of the kerchief to use as ties.
Next up: The eyelet kerchief in blue...