Call me lazy: I like clean-edged, sleek constructions, and knitting
that is interesting enough to be worthwhile to make, but not
so taxing I can’t hold a conversation or look out the window
at the same time. This curvy slither of a neck-warmer (dare I
say “boa”?) is cozy, sleek and sculptural.
Crocodylia takes its meandering aesthetic
cue from ancient reptilian forms: rippling
crocodile pelts, dinosaur skeletons,
giant boa constrictors. The pattern is
a contemporary adaption of traditional feather & fan
lace, and takes full advantage of chunky
variegated yarn to make a lace scarf
that is geometric, wearable, and not-at-all frilly.
It looks complex but is simple to make- only one out of
every four rows is anything other than
a straightforward knit or purl. One casts on
many stitches and then constructs it lengthwise,
organically creating striated undulations.
body of the scarf curves in and out in a
series of perforated disc shapes, with a rippling 3-dimensional
spine running down the middle. The ends finish neatly with
ribbed fins. The long strands of color enhance the curving
stripes, bumps and center ridges. The chunky yarn makes it
a very quick knit that gets quite a lot of sculptural effect
from very little effort. I chose Lamb’s Pride Bulky
as it is widely available, soft, economical, and offers lovely
stitch definition. This comes in several appealing variegated
color-ways, but would be delicious in something hand dyed
Lewis photos: David
Lewis, Thom Kimes
Width: 6.5 inches at widest point
Length: 55 inches Note: Measurments taken after blocking.
Pride Bulky [85% wool, 15% mohair;
125yd/114m per 113g skein]; color: #M210 Forest Shadows; 2 skeins
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #11/8mm circular needle, 29 inches
10 stitch markers (optional)
11 sts/16 rows = 4" in stockinette st
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Pattern includes notes for widening
scarf, if desired. Note that if scarf is widened, more yarn
may be required. Be sure to widen first and second halves by
same number of rows.
Note that this scarf is not symmetrical. With RS facing,
the first half will be predominantly in stockinette st,
while the second half is predominantly reverse stockientte
st. In the first half, the lace pattern row (Row 3) is
worked on the RS; in the second half, it is worked on the
yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle,
from front to back).
Information about blocking can be found here and here.
CO 170 sts. Do not join; scarf is worked back and forth in rows.
Set-up Row [WS]: K4, place marker, [k18, place marker] nine times, k4.
Row 1 [RS]: K all sts.
Row 2 [WS]: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 3 [RS]: K4, *[k2tog] three times,
[yo2, k1] six times, [k2tog] three times; repeat from *
eight times more, k4.
Row 4 [WS]: K all sts. When working into
each [yo2], k into first yo, then drop second yo from left
Rows 5-8: Work as for Rows 1-4.
Note: If you wish to make a wider scarf, repeat Rows 1-4 until
first half of scarf is desired width.
Row 9 [RS]: K4, [yo, k2tog] to last 4
Second Half: Row 10 [WS]: K all sts.
Row 11 [RS]: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 12 [WS]: K4, *[yo2, k1] three times,
[k2tog] six times, [yo2, k1] three times;
repeat from* eight times more, k4.
Row 13 [RS]: K all sts, working each
[yo2] as for Row 4.
Rows 14-17: Work as for Rows 10-13.
Note: If you wish to make a wider scarf, repeat Rows
second half of scarf is desired width.
Row 18 [WS]: P all
BO all sts.
Weave in ends. Gently wet block to measurements given, smoothing
and stretching out curves and center ridge.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
knits while travelling and thus has become
an adept of knitting in public places.
A practicing visual artist, she has recently curated a group exhibition
in New York called Yarn Theory that highlighted the relationship
between knitting, crochet, math and science. The online catalog
for this show is available here.She
is reachable on Ravelry as tangled
is her first item for Knitty, and her first
published pattern. There will be no living
with her now!