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After receiving many requests (and knitting many additional scarves) here are more organized, complete notes... a pattern... or DIY how-to guide for hand knitting the Americana keyhole scarves shown in this old post. Basic answers to questions were provided in this old post.
 

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Thank you for the effort.... I looked at the old posts. It is a nice scarf and there is a lot of interest in it.
FYI, many of us are leery of opening a personal download -- it is a way the viruses and malware (totally unintentionally) get passed along.
Could you either put this as a pattern on Ravelry or at least copy the text into a reply on this thread?
 

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Thank you for the effort.... I looked at the old posts. It is a nice scarf and there is a lot of interest in it.
FYI, many of us are leery of opening a personal download -- it is a way the viruses and malware (totally unintentionally) get passed along.
Could you either put this as a pattern on Ravelry or at least copy the text into a reply on this thread?
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knit4ES said:
Thank you for the effort.... I looked at the old posts. It is a nice scarf and there is a lot of interest in it.
FYI, many of us are leery of opening a personal download -- it is a way the viruses and malware (totally unintentionally) get passed along.
Could you either put this as a pattern on Ravelry or at least copy the text into a reply on this thread?
Thanks for that caution. I, too, never open a download.
 

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knit4ES said:
Thank you for the effort.... I looked at the old posts. It is a nice scarf and there is a lot of interest in it.
FYI, many of us are leery of opening a personal download -- it is a way the viruses and malware (totally unintentionally) get passed along.
Could you either put this as a pattern on Ravelry or at least copy the text into a reply on this thread?
Thank you for the compliment!

Thank you also for the tip to place the pattern on ravelry. I do understand about internet safety, and being hesitant to download a PDF file. For those not interested in the PDF file, I believe that the posted photos, combined with answers to questions in the prior linked posts, provide enough detail to create an awesome scarf.

Happy knitting!
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quatrefoilknits said:
After receiving many requests (and knitting many additional scarves) here are more organized, complete notes... a pattern... or DIY how-to guide for hand knitting the Americana keyhole scarves shown in this old post. Basic answers to questions were provided in this old post.
Update:
Error found in pattern.
May I blame my cat for helping me to type? :sm17:
Errata attached to this post.
 

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An Americana Keyhole Scarf can be made from 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver "Americana" yarn.

What you need:
1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver "Americana" yarn
1 set of knitting needles, US size 8 (5 mm) or size you are comfortable with for number 4 worsted weight yarn
1 stitch holder or small circular needle, for dividing alternating stitches for keyhole
1 small scissors
1 tapestry needle or crochet hook, to weave in ends
About 10 hours of time (will vary depending upon knitting skills, experience, speed, and size of scarf)
 

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Depending upon how the particular skein of yarn is wound, most Americana keyhole scarves benefit from some advanced planning.

When planning the design of your Americana keyhole scarf, it may be helpful to know:

1) Each repeat of the Red Heart Super Saver Americana yarn consists of...
- a set of alternating red and white stripes (7 white stripes interspersed with 6 red stripes)
- a field of navy with white segments to represent stars.

2) The Americana keyhole scarf is knit beginning at the bottom edge of the first tail, working up to the keyhole, making the keyhole, then progressing around the neck, knitting the tuck (or optional second keyhole), and then finishing with the second tail.
- Each hand knit scarf will be unique.
- Gauge is not crucial.

Some design elements to consider when planning your scarf:
- Tails: Desired length of tails - short, medium, or long? Matching number of stripes (or combination of stars and stripes) on the two tails of the scarf?
- Keyhole: Recommended - Navy field with stars on the keyhole
- Neck: Size of wearer's neck? Desired fit - Snug, a bit of ease, or a loose fit? Centered balance of stripes (or combination of stars and stripes) around the neck?
- Tuck: Recommended - Navy field with stars to tuck and cinch inside keyhole
 

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After planning your Americana Keyhole Scarf, these are the basic knitting instructions:

Beginning the scarf:
Cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches.
Work in 1x1 ribbing, slipping first stitch in each row, for approximately 6 (9, 12, 15) inches or desired length of first tail (from bottom of scarf to bottom of keyhole).

Setup for keyhole:
Divide the field of navy yarn in half, as each half of the navy field will create one side of the keyhole. To find the middle of the navy field, pull the full length of the navy field from the skein. Holding the two ends of the navy field together, smooth the navy strands together until the middle is found. Cut yarn in the middle of the navy field.

Divide the 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches, slipping odd number stitches onto your knitting needle to form the 1st side of the keyhole and even numbered stitches onto a stitch holder or small circular needle to form the 2nd side of the keyhole. After dividing alternating stitches, there will be 12 (14, 16, 18) stitches on the needle and 12 (14, 16, 18) stitches on the stitch holder or small circular needle.

1st side of keyhole:
Work the 12 (14, 16, 18) stitches from your needle in Seed stitch or 1x1 ribbing to end of navy field (approximately 3-4 inches), ending at end of a row.

2nd side of keyhole:
Work the 12 (14, 16, 18) stitches from your needle in Seed stitch or 1x1 ribbing to same length as 1st side of keyhole, ending at end of a row.

Close the top of the keyhole:
Holding the knitting needle parallel with the stitch holder or small circular needle:
* K1 from front needle, P1 from back needle (stitch holder or small circular needle). Repeat from * to end of row.
After closing the top of the keyhole, there will be 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches on the needle.

(More keyhole patterns in this old post... each describes making a keyhole a bit differently.)

Ending the Scarf:
Continue in 1x1 ribbing pattern to knit scarf with sufficient length to go around the neck, tuck into keyhole, and have a 2nd tail with matches the 1st tail.
Bind off. Weave in ends.
 

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