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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 66 inches in length before felting. Approximately 60 inches after felting.

Materials: Classic Elite Lush [50% Angora, 50% Wool; 124yd/111m per 50g skein]; color: Cream #4416; 2 skeins. 1 set
US #8/5mm needles. Stitch holder or spare needle. Tapestry needle. Sharp scissors.
GAUGE: 22 stitches and 24 rows= 4 inches in stockinette stitch before felting.
Pattern Note: [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here] To make the skulls identical, the scarf is knit in
two pieces from the skulls up and then grafted together at the middle. Since I don't like long scarves, I designed a finished
length of about 60 inches. If you prefer longer scarves or just hate the idea of have left-over yarn, continue knitting each
half until close to the end of each skein; just be sure to leave about one yard for grafting the two sides together. If you
substitute yarns, be careful to check that the yarn you choose felts properly. In some cases, white yarns and other light
colors may not felt as well (or at all) as dark colors in the same brand.
Directions For Skull Scarf~Skull: CO 14 sts. Rows 1-
8: Work in stockinette st. Row 9 [RS]: K1, m1, k to
last st, m1, k1. 16 sts. Row 10 [WS]: P. Row 11 [RS]:
[K1, m1] twice, k to last 2 sts, [m1, k1] twice. 20 sts.
Row 12 [WS]: P. Rows 13 & 14: Work as for Rows
11 & 12. 24 sts.
Nose: Row 15 [RS]: K1, m1, k9, BO 4 sts, k to last st,
m1, k1. Row 16 [WS]: P11, yo 3 times, p to end of
row. 25 sts. Row 17 [RS]: K1, m1, k9, k2tog, yo, k1
(in center yo), yo, ssk, k9, m1, k1. 27 sts. Row 18
[WS]: P11, p2tog, k1, p2tog tbl, p to end. 25 sts. Row
19 [RS]: K1, m1, k9, m1, k2tog, drop next st from left
needle, yo twice, ssk, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. 28 sts.
Row 20 [WS]: P12, m1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, m1, p to
end. 28 sts.
Eyes: Row 21 [RS]: K1, m1, [k6, k2tog, yo twice,
ssk] twice, k to last st, m1, k1. 30 sts. Row 22 [WS]:
P8, p2tog, yo twice, p2tog tbl, p6, p2tog, yo twice,
p2tog tbl, p to end. Row 23 [RS]: K7, k2tog, yo, k1,
p1, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, yo, ssk, k to end. 30
sts. Row 24 [WS]: P7, p2tog, k2, p2tog tbl, p4, p2tog,
k2, p2tog tbl, p to end. 26 sts. Row 25 [RS]: K8, yo,
k2, yo, k6, yo, k2, yo, k to end. 30 sts. Row 26 [WS]:
P all sts. Row 27 [RS]: K9, drop next 2 sts from left
needle, yo twice, k8, drop next 2 sts from left needle,
yo twice, k to end. 30 sts. Row 28 [WS]: P10, [k1, p9]
twice. Rows 29 & 30: Work in stockinette st.
Shape Top of Skull: Row 31 [RS]: K1, ssk, k to last 3
sts, k2tog, k1. Row 32 [WS]: P all sts. Repeat these 2
rows 3 times more. 22 sts rem. Next Row [RS]: K3,
yo, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, ssk, yo, k3. Next Row [WS]:
P6, [yo, p2tog, p1] 4 times, p4. Scarf: Work in
stockinette st until work measures 33 inches, or half
of desired length. Place sts on st holder or spare
needle.* Repeat from * to * once more.
Finishing: Graft the two halves together using
Kitchener stitch; for directions, see the Knitty
Summer '04 Techniques with Theresa. Weave in ends.
Begin fulling the scarf by hand until the fabric is
uniformly firm and the stitches are only slightly
distinct. I used a dollop of mild soap, lots of rubbing,
and alternating immersions in hot and cold water.
Once the fabric is firm, use sharp scissors to cut the
threads running across the eye and nose openings on
each skull. If necessary, carefully cut any straggling
bits around the openings to even them out. You can
finish fulling the scarf by hand or in a washing machine. To finish by hand, continue as above. To finish by machine,
carefully place the scarf inside a small lingerie bag or a knotted pillowcase. Set the machine to a normal wash cycle with
hot water, followed by a cold-water rinse. Choose the lowest water level possible. Add the bag or pillowcase and about a
teaspoon of mild detergent and start the wash cycle. Check on the scarf's progress about halfway through each cycle (you
may need to run the scarf through more than one cycle to achieve the desired result), and remove it once the fabric has
reached the desired texture and density. Once the fabric is very firm and the stitches are no longer distinct (at least on the
right side -- purl stitches may still show a little on the wrong side), rinse it by hand in cold water and roll it in a towel to
remove any excess water. Lay the scarf flat on a dry towel and pat/pull it into shape where needed. Allow the scarf to dry
completely.