Attakai: a Japanese verb for warm.
What could be a better name for a little scarf and mitten set designed to do exactly that! Add in some cozy Alpaca yarn that will keep you insulated through those late winter chills. Alpaca is warmer than sheep’s wool, and it’s hypoallergenic and does not contain lanolin.
The scarf is knitted in two sections that are grafted together and the mittens are knitted in the round from the bottom up with a shaped thumb gusset.
Attakai uses some fancy Japanese stitch patterns that are much easier than they look! Knit this sure-fire winner for yourself or as a gift.
76 inches (190cm) x 8 inches (20cm)
Elann.com Peruvian Baby Silk (discontinued) (fiber content; 80% Alpaca, 20% silk 109 yards [100meters]/250grams): Color Number 2010 raspberry (MC), 8 balls;
Suggested replacement 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Silk with 400 meters / 100 grams
Suggested replacement yarn: Floating by A Verb to Keep You Warm 70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat
Or Alpaca Silk 4 ply by Artesano 70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
Scarf: Size US 4 (3.5 mm): straight or 24” circular
Mittens: Size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) dpns
removable markers; stitch holders and or waste yarn; tapestry needle for sewing in ends
18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Please see our standard knitting abbreviations.
Wrap stitches: Bring yarn to front of work, slip the required number of stitches from the left to the right needle, bring the yarn around the stitches, between the needle to the back of the work, replace the slipped sts back onto the LH needle and knit them.
You can see the idea of wrapping stitches in this video, although we are not wrapping and turning, but simply wrapping and continuing along the round or row.
Mock cable st: Pick up the 3rd st from the end of the left needle and pass it over the two sts to the right of it, k1, yo, k1.
Knitting Instructions – SCARF
With US#4 (3.5 mm) needles, CO 67 sts.
Using either the End Section Chart or the corresponding written instructions, work 5 repeats of the highlighted area of the chart across the needles. Work the chart 5 times in all. Break yarn.
Place all the sts onto a stitch holder or waste yarn. Work a second end half in the same manner. Do not break the yarn.
Change to the Middle Chart or corresponding written instructions work the two set up rows and work 5 repeats of the highlighted area of chart. Then work 24 repeats of the chart or continue until you have used all of your yarn. Finish the last repeat on row 16.
Place the second end section on to a spare needle and either join the two pieces using kitchener st OR a 3 needle bind off.
Written Version Scarf End Chart
If preferred, you may follow the chart above.
Row 1 (RS): K3, (p1, yo, wrap 4 sts, p1, wrap 4 sts, yo) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 2 (WS): K4, (p5, k1, p5, k1) 5 times, k3.
Row 3: K3, (p1, k1, yo, wrap 3 sts, p1, wrap 3 sts, yo, k1) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 4: K4, (p5, k1, p5, k1) 5 times, k3.
Row 5: K3, (p1, k2, yo, wrap 2 sts, p1, wrap 2 sts, yo, k2) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 6: K4, (p5, k1, p5, k1) 5 times, k3.
Row 7: K3, (p1, k3, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k3) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 8: K4, (p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, p3, k1) 5 times k3.
Row 9: K3, (p1, k3, p1, mock cable st, p1, k3) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 10: K4, (p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, p3, k1) 5 times k3.
Row 11: K3, (p1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3) 5 times p1, k3.
Row 12: K4, (p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, p3, k1) 5 times, k3.
Row 13: K3, (p1 k3, p1, mock cable st, p1, k3) 5 times, p1, k3.
Row 14: K4, (p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, p3, k1) 5 times k3.
Written Version Scarf Middle Chart
If preferred, you may follow the chart above.
Set up row 1: K3, (p1, k2, (ktbl, k1) 4 times, k1) 5 times, k4.
Set up row 2: K4, (k1, (p1, ptbl) 4 times p1, k2) 5 times, k3.
Row 3: K3, (p3, ktbl, p1, mock cable st, p1, ktbl, p2) 5 times, k4.
Row 4: K4 (k2, ptbl, k1, p3, k1, ptbl, k3) 5 times, k3.
Row 5: K3, (p3, mock cable st, k1, mock cable st, p2) 5 times, k4.
Row 6: K4 (k2, p7, k3) 5 times, k3.
Row 7: K3, (p3, k2, mock cable st, k2, p2) 5 times, k4.
Row 8: As row 6.
Row 9: As row 5.
Row 10: K4, (k2, ptbl, ktbl, p3, ktbl, ptbl, k3) 5 times, k3.
Row 11: As row 3.
Row 12: K4, (k2, ptbl, k1, ptbl, ktbl, ptbl, k1, ptbl, k3) 5 times, k3.
Row 13: K3, (p3, (ktbl, p1) 4 times, p1) 5 times, k4.
Row 14: K4, (k2, (ptbl, k1) 4 times, k2) 5 times, k3.
Row 15: As row 13.
Row 16: As row 14.
Row 17: As row 13.
Row 18: As row 14.
Wet block and pat into shape, leave to dry.
Sew in all ends.
About the Designer – Janine Le Cras
I learned to knit at my grandmother knee at the ages of about 7 and knitted right through school and up until my children got to an age where they refused to wear hand knits. I started knitting again seriously, about 8 years ago after a hiatus of about 10 years. Then I discovered the online knitting community. Knitting on a small island in the middle of the English Channel can be rather lonely.
Thanks to the Internet I have rediscovered my knitting mojo, learned to spin, acquired a stash ( both yarn and fibre) bought a wheel and started designing in earnest – not necessarily in that order.
Since then I have been fortunate enough to have designs accepted by several publishers.
I have designed for Magknits, Knotions, and Yarn Forward and have had patterns published in several books including Knitting in the Sun, The Joy of Sox, and Sock Club.
I enjoy a wonderful working relationship with the Girls at the Unique Sheep and have designed several things showcasing their yarns including our ongoing series of lace shawl Mystery KALs inspired by classic children’s books.
I also have many designs available on Ravelry, and also a few now available via KCDesigns, ready to knit in the Knit Companion app.