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Radiation

Waaay back when, before I was born, my folks had a hippie-dippie shop in the town I grew up in called Radiation. They sold bell-bottoms, waterbeds, and other counter-culture goods. The basement of the house I grew up in was the perfect suburban basement, with old couches, a TV, a pool table, and, taking up one whole wall, the wooden, hand-painted sign from that very shop. This scarf reminds me of the Radiation sign – 70s letters, curving around a sun, with thick beams radiating from the center. It makes me think of home, and youth, and good times in that basement underneath that sign. I hope you’ll get some of those good vibes while making and wearing this oversized scarf.

The pattern is written for both sport-weight yarn and worsted-weight yarn. Interestingly, both versions are roughly the same size.

Materials

  • Finished Measurements: 72″ long from tip to tip along top edge, 22″ wide at widest edge of triangle. Measured after blocking.
  • Yarn: approximately 705 yards sport-weight or 750 yards worsted-weight yarn, split between two colors as follows. Sport-weight version shown in 375 yards Schoppel Starke 6, colorway 2137 (Color A) and 330 yards Quince & Co. Chickadee, colorway Frost (color B). Worsted-weight version (not shown) takes 400 yards color A and 350 yards color B.
  • Needles: Sport-weight version: US #5/3.75 mm (or size to get gauge) for working flat. • Worsted-weight version: US #9/5.5 mm (or size to get gauge) for working flat.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: Sport-weight version: 22 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking. • Worsted-weight version: 18 stitches = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking.