Blackberry Kerchief Using Shibui Reed
Blackberry Kerchief Using Shibui Reed
Beloved by pie makers, reviled by gardeners, the common blackberry is considered both a blessing and a curse on Bainbridge Island. But knitters love the plump texture named for this bobbly berry. Opened up in a lightweight yarn, blackberry stitch (also known as trinity stitch) makes dainty, lacy clusters. Plus, it’s handsome on the wrong side, too.
Knit in a cool plant fiber, like Shibui Reed, this little kerchief becomes a sweet summer accessory. Reed is 100% linen, but it lacks the crispness of most linen yarns thanks to its smooth, chainette construction. It’s pliable, sleek, and graceful—all qualities that emerge in the light, lovely drape of its knitted fabric.
Click on the "Free Pattern" tab to view the pattern, and pick up your yarn below. We have chosen some of our favorite colors of Reed; if you would like to see the full color selection, visit the Shibui Reed page. You only need 1 skein!
Approx. 34" length x 14" width.
1 skein Shibui Reed (246 yds/225m).
Or approx. 229 yds/210m of an equivalent fingering-weight yarn.
Shown in Color 2039 Imperial.
23 sts = 4" in pattern stitch after blocking and resting.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Inc(’d) = increase(d); K = knit; KPK = knit, then purl, then knit, into the same stitch; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; P = purl; RS = right side; P3Tog = purl 3 sts together; Sl = slip; St(s) = stitch(es); TBL = through back loop; WS = wrong side; YO = yarn over (bring yarn forward between needles, then back over right needle; if purling next st, bring yarn forward between needles again).
Instructions given for kerchief; scarf in parentheses ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to both sizes.
Using long-tail method, cast on 4 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): Knit.
Row 3 (RS): K2, YO, K2. [5 sts]
Row 4 (WS): K2, KPK, K2. [7 sts]
Row 1 (RS): K2, YO, P to last 2 sts, YO, K2. [2 sts inc’d]
Row 2 (WS): K2; *KPK, P3Tog (give a gentle tug after each P3Tog)*; repeat between * * to last 3 sts; KPK, K2. [2 sts inc’d]
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 44 (58) more times. Note: You’ll be increasing by 2 sts every row.
Repeat Row 1, one more time. [189 (245) sts; 45 (59) clusters]
Top eyelet edge:
Row 1 (WS): K2; *P1, P3Tog, slip first purl st made over second (st created by P3Tog) on your right needle*; repeat between * * to last 3 sts; P1, K1, slip purl st over knit st on right needle, K1. [50 (64) sts]
Row 2 (RS): K2, YO; *P1 TBL, YO*; repeat between * * to last 2 sts, K2. [97 (125) sts]
Row 3 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2.
K2, Sl 2 sts purlwise back to left needle, K2Tog TBL; *K1, Sl 2 sts purlwise back to left needle, K2Tog TBL*; repeat between * * to end. Fasten off.
Weave in ends as invisibly as possible.
Soak in tepid water with no-rinse wool soap for 20 minutes. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll in a towel and squeeze out more moisture.
Place RS down on bath towel on moisture-safe, pinnable surface. Weave blocking wires through each eyelet on all sides. Pull top edge to desired wingspan; pin wire in place. Pull sides down to desired depth; pin wires into straight lines. If not using wires, pin points to desired dimensions, then pin into each eyelet. Gently steam press with press cloth. Allow to dry.
COLOR: 2001 Abyss. Deep inky black.
COLOR: 2003 Ash. Pale warm silvery grey.
COLOR: 2017 Velvet. Rich dark grape.
COLOR: 2031 Poppy. Cheerful orange.
COLOR: 2039 Imperial. Fuchsia purple.
COLOR: 2034 Blueprint. Bright, almost electric, blue.
COLOR: 2180 White. Bright bleached white.
COLOR: 2181 Bone. Palest linen.
COLOR: 2182 Shore. Bright sky blue.
COLOR: 2183 Petal. Bright rosy pink.
LIMITED EDITION COLOR: 2196 Riviera. Stunning cerulean blue.
Free digital Blackberry Kerchief: Shibui Reed version pattern. (Download)