Spanish Dancer

In trying to come up with a name for this design I wracked my brain for things with frilly edges—pretty things, feminine things, trees, leaves, flowers... Eventually I had it. There’s a very special creature that lives in warm, tropical seas, along the coastlines where there is both protection and food. It’s a type of nudibranch, or sea slug, known as a Spanish Dancer (photo of this Spanish Dancer resting on a rock was taken by our friend, Casey Mahaney). It is bright red, has frilly edges, and when it swims it looks like the flouncy skirts of a flamenco dancer.

Scarf is knit from one end to the other. To start, increases are made on the right side every fourth row. When scarf reaches maximum width it’s knit even for a while before the decreases begin. Stitches are then decreased until a small number of stitches remain. The entire scarf is worked in garter stitch except for the leaves. The fluid texture of garter stitch is enhanced when a ball of luxury fingering weight yarn is used.

This pattern is now available by itself, as well as combined with Lombard and Quenington into Summer Triangle, a 3-pattern ebook.

Original versions: Spanish Dancer errata.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn.
Model: Lush Yarn CashSilk, 450 yards
Gauge: 21 sts and 19 garter ridges to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
Finished size: 10.5 x 60 inches; 27 x 152 cm
Notions: 2 stitch markers; lifelines are optional

Skills: K2tog, ssk, YO, double YO, k3 tog, s1-k2tog-psso.
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.

Thank you!

Huge thanks to Claudia for her expert test knitting skills, brilliance, and patience.

Modeled shot by, and knit with their yarn: Incense. Photo © Used with permission.