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A polymath: not a jack of all trades, but a master of many. Designed with that precious skein of handspun yarn in mind, the polymath scarf is a clever, but simple, pattern that looks fantastic worn as a scarf, cowl, hood or shoulder-warming wrap. The simple lace pattern allows the beauty of multi-coloured and thick-and-thin yarns to shine, whilst helping to stretch that limited yardage further. So many benefits make it a veritable polymath of patterns. A variety of suitable yarns are listed - you will need about 3 balls of any chosen yarn. My blue green sample is in handspun yarn, but the yarns listed have been used successfully in other projects - the rainbow coloured version is in fact Noro Silk Garden and Lion Brand Amazing used together. It is also very smart in plain aran yarns as the green sample shows.

How will you wear yours?

This pattern is rated as beginner to advanced beginner. It would make an ideal first lace knitting project. With the less experienced knitter in mind, the pattern contains extra notes on:

  • creating a gauge swatch to achieve the same size piece as the pattern (or re-size it) with different yarn
  • cast on and off techniques
  • blocking


Independent Designer
Elizabeth Felgate
Yarn Weight
Aran, Worsted
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