Friday, November 27, 2009

Dewey Scarf

*This Pattern Was Not Accepted for the Winter 2009 Issue of I give it to you here!*

Dewey Scarf

Knitters are a subculture with their own language, jokes, blogs, and celebrities. Librarians are another subculture...also with their own language, jokes, blogs, and celebrities. Belonging to both, I wanted to design a scarf that wed my two loves together.
Libraries, much like yarn shops, have their own organizational system…and a secret language to go along with it. The Dewey Decimal System is a code that can guide those in the know, and confuse the non-initiated. The Dewey scarf was designed to allow the wearer to proudly, yet slyly, declare their love of reading, libraries, and knitting!
The Dewey scarf’s stripes and ribs are both taken from the call number for knitting pattern books at the library: 746.432! The vertical stripes give the call number when read horizontally. The horizontal rib pattern, intended to resemble a stack of books, gives the call number when read vertically. It is 746.432…or knitting…any way you read it!

1 size

4.5 inches wide
70 inches long

[MC] Ultra Alpaca, Berocco [50% Alpaca, 50% Wool; 315 yd per 100 g skein]; color: Cashel Blue; 1 skein
[CC] Ultra Alpaca, Berocco [50% Alpaca, 50% Wool; 315 yd per 100 g skein]; color: Stonewashed; 1 skein

24-inch US #08/5 mm circular needle

Tapestry needle

22 sts/23 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Dewey Rib Stitch (multiple of 26)
Odd Rows: K7, P4, K6, P4, K3, P2
Even Rows: K2, P3, K4, P6, K4, P7

Cast on 312 stitches loosely with MC.

Work every row in the Dewey Rib Stitch changing colors as follows:
Rows 1-7: MC
Rows 8-11: CC
Rows 12-17: MC
Rows 18-21: CC
Rows 22-24: MC
Rows 24-26: CC

Cast off loosely.

Weave in ends with tapestry needle. Lightly block if necessary.


Home Is Best said...

Clever girl-- From another librarian

Colorado Knitter said...

What a cute idea!

Chris & Frank Dewey said...

Since I am a knitter and a librarian and my last name is Dewey (just a coincidence!) I have to download this pattern. Thanks for posting it on your blog.

neilarla said...

Knitty's loss is definitely our gain!
Subtle secret code if I may say!!!

Sally T. said...

Can't wait to make this for my cousin who is the director of our local library! THANKS!

Sarah said...

Awwwwwwwweeesome! being a knitter/library chick myself, I must make this!