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Extract from State of Craft • By Victoria Woodcock • Published by Cicada Books

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Knit and Destroy’s Paintbrush Scarf by Kandy Diamond
Stay warm ‘n’ cosy while expressing the artist in you!

Knit skills
~ cast on
~ knit, purl and rib ~ increase/decrease ~ slip stitch

Kandy Diamond is the brains and brawn behind Knit and Destroy: the one-woman knit machine that makes a range of fun, novelty and top-quality knits. When she isn’t knitting, or roller-skating around and drinking gallons of tea, Kandy is a keen all round crafter and co- writes the biannual craft zine Sugar Paper: 20 things to make and do. www.knitanddestroy. co.uk, www.sugarpapergang.blogspot.com.
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  • Step 1

    Using yarn A, cast on 18 sts.

  • Step 2

    The pattern is worked in a knit-1-purl-1 rib
    throughout,with the first stitches “slipped” for neat edge. First, shape the brush handle as follows: Row 1: k1, p1 to end.
    Row 2: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
    Rows 3-9: as row 2.
    Row 10 (first increase row): m1 (p1, k1 into one stitch – purl into the front and knit into the back), *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, m1 (p1, k1 – as before). You have 20 sts.
    Row 11: sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
    Rows 12-19: as row 11.
    Row 20 (second increase row): m1 (k1, p1 – knit into the front and purl into the back), *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, m1 (k1, p1 – as before). You now have 22 sts.
    Row 21: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
    Rows 22-29: as row 21. Repeat rows 10-29 5 more times. You will now have 42 sts.

  • Step 3

    Add length:
    Continue working in k1-p1 rib (sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last stitch, p1) until work measures 135cm.

  • Step 4

    Shape the metal tip:
    Switch to yarn B. You will be working in colour B for the next 40 rows, with the exception of 2 single-row stripes of colour A at rows 5 and 10.
    Rows 1-3: sl1,*p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
    Row 4 (first decrease row): p2tog,*k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog. You now have 40 sts.
    Row 5: join in A. P1, k1 to end.
    Row 6: using B. P1, k1 to end.
    Row 7: sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last stitch, k1.
    Row 8 (decrease row): k2tog, *p1 k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2tog.
    Row 9: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
    Row 10: using A. K1, p1 to end.
    Row 11: using B. K1, p1 to end.
    Row 12 (decrease row): p2tog, *k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog.
    Rows 13-15: sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 16 (decrease row): k2tog, *p1, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2tog. You now have 34 sts.
    Rows 17-19: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1. Repeat rows 12-19 twice more. You will now have 26 sts.
    Row 36 (decrease): p2tog, *k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog.
    Rows 37-39: sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 40 (decrease): k2tog, *p1, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2tog. You will now have 22 sts
    Row 41: join in A. K1, p1 to end.

  • Step 5

    Shape the bristles:
    Row 42: Join in C. K1, p1 to end.
    Row 43 (increase row): m1 (p1, k1 into one stitch – purl into the front and knit into the back), *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, m1 (p1, k1 – as before).
    Row 44: sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
    Row 45 (increase row): m1 (k1, p1 into one stitch – knit into the front and purl into the back), *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, m1 (k1, p1 – as before).
    Row 46: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1. Repeat rows 43-46 4 more times. You will have 42 sts.
    Rows 58-60: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.

  • Step 6

    Shape the paint-dip:
    Row 61: Join in D. K1, p1 to end.
    Rows 62-64: sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1. Row 65 (decrease row): k2tog,*p1,k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2tog.
    Row 66 (decrease row): p2tog,*k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog.
    Repeat rows 65 and 66 until 4 sts are left. Cast off.

  • Step 7

    Hooray! You have knitted yourself an awesome paintbrush scarf. Use the yarn needle to weave the loose yarn ends back into the body of the scarf.

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