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Urbana is the first project I completed from Stephen West’s fantastic collection, Westknits Book One. Malabrigo Twist yarn, which Stephen used for his scarves, had just arrived in the shop and I was excited to try it for the first time. It was a perfect pairing!

Urbana is a garter stitch scarf with clever shaping. You get the ease of knitting every row with the interest of watching the angles form. There’s also a keyhole, which adds to the ways you can wear it. When the knitting is done, you work a round of single crochet on the outside and keyhole edges.

Urbana by Westknits

As you would expect from Malabrigo, Twist is incredibly soft. As opposed to their Worsted Merino yarn, which we’ve carried for years, Twist is a plied yarn and knits at a bigger gauge. It feels so good to knit and the garter stitch is nice and cushiony.

Urbana from Westknits Book One

Urbana is written for two sizes, a small that measures 56 inches long and a large that’s 96 inches. I made the large, which would be great over a coat on a cold winter day. I think I’ll make the small size for myself, though, because it will fit better under my coat.

As with many of Stephen’s patterns, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to yarn choice. I think Urbana would be beautiful in Madelinetosh Tosh DK or Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted too. You could also experiment with a much finer gauge yarn like Madelinetosh Tosh Sock or Koigu KPPPM. However you approach it, Urbana is a fun knit and a great accessory!

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