Carlisle is a big, soft scarf with lots of color. It’s knit with Madelinetosh’s fingering weight yarn, Tosh Sock, which comes in dozens of gorgeous colors. It can be hard to choose just one, but with Carlisle, you get to pick four!
And Carlisle’s a great knitting pattern for beginners. Every row is knit – there’s no purling at all – and you get practice picking up and knitting stitches, which is a useful skill. For experienced knitters, Carlisle is good for knitting while watching TV or with your knitting group because it doesn’t require a lot of attention.
As every knitter and crocheter knows, picking colors can be hard. Sometimes you want a red hat to match your new red coat, so it’s easy. But other times, a pattern catches your eye, you look at the yarn you need, and you can’t decide. I often end up with 6 or 7 choices laid out on the table. I have to eliminate one at a time to get to my final choice.
Earlier in the summer, I was doing this with Tosh Sock. I didn’t even know what I wanted to knit, I just knew I wanted something in that yarn. I was having a tough time deciding between several shades, when I realized I didn’t have to choose just one. That’s when I decided to use color blocking for a new scarf.
My color choices span the spectrum and are bright and bold. Tosh Sock yarn comes in an large range of colors, so there are countless combinations. Carlisle uses four; you need one skein of each.
To maximize the softness of Tosh Sock’s merino wool, we used a size #5 needle. This also creates a fabric with more drape. The garter stitch has a subtle texture that adds depth to the piece.
To purchase the knitting pattern for Carlisle, click the “buy now” link below. Enjoy!
One size, approx 8 by 78 inches
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% superwash wool, 395 yds/4 oz): 1 skein each of candlewick (A), grasshopper (B), terra (C), and kelp (D).
24- and 40-inch size #5 circular needles.
6 sts = 1 inch in garter stitch