Third Coast

Third Coast


Third Coast has all the features I want in a scarf: squishy width and lots of length, light weight fabric with some cables and texture, and a bit of unexpected fun when wrapped and worn different ways. The scarf is knit in two pieces that are joined together with grafting. That means each scarf end is actually a cast on edge and each half is worked to the center middle. This makes knitting a really long scarf a lot less tedious and also achieves beautiful ends that mirror each other.

fiber: approximately 1065 yards Mountain Meadow Wool 2 ply Sport Weight Tweed, 185 yds/2 oz (100% mountain merino non superwash wool). Samples shown in 6 skeins each colors Gypsum (light) & Shale (medium)

gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches, in blocked stockinette fabric

needle: size 5, or size necessary to achieve gauge; scarf is knit back and forth in rows, so use the straight or circular length you prefer

other: stitch markers, straight cable needle in size similar to gauge needle, spare gauge needle and a yarn sewing needle for grafting

finished dimensions:  82” long and 9” wide

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The name Third Coast refers to the shoreline of Michigan, the 3288 miles of sandy and rocky edges of freshwater that give this state more coastline than any other in the lower 48. There are hints of the nautical knit tradition here in this scarf, mixed with a new interpretation of coastal life. Mini edge cables, big middle twists, lots of garter stitches, and inventive wavy ends make this scarf a modern classic.

This design uses basic knit and purl stitches, left and right leaning cables, and grafting to join the halves (alternatively, use 3 Needle Bind Off to join). I suggest a great Purl Soho tutorial for grafting and the link is included in pattern instructions. The stitch patterns are provided in both written and charted rows, so you can use the form you prefer. Note: The pattern instructs you to work a first and second half in succession, but you may choose to knit the halves at the same time, just like two at a time socks or sleeves. Just be sure to still work each half from their respective instructions, since the middle cables lean in opposite directions.

Mountain Meadow Wool provided their Tweed Sport base for this design, an undyed, non-superwash 100% merino base that is bouncy and full of body. Other sport weight merino wool and blends are also suitable, but they may result in different fabric characteristics and drape.

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