The Iconic Red Scarf is something that I've been thinking about a lot this year.  A little splash of red is a great way to class up so many different wardrobe choices — especially if, like me, your clothing tends towards all things grey. The Red Scarf has been hanging around on my short list of design projects for a long time and when I first saw the Long Johns colorway of Shelter, it seemed that its time had finally come.

Pavement is a textured scarf that addresses the nagging issue of reversibility.  It can become a worrisome chore, constantly adjusting a scarf so that the Right Side is always facing the public, and knitters seem to be especially attuned to this conundrum.

The textured cable featured in this pattern is completely reversible, which gives a nice peace of mind to those of us who find the Wrong Side of our work bothersome when worn (the photo above shows both sides of the work). Lately I've been loving cables that draw from the purl 'ditches' that flank them -- I love the additional texture and interest it gives to otherwise traditional cables.  And the reversibility element it brings makes it that much sweeter.

The blocked width of the scarf is 7.25" with the pattern providing three different length options for a Short, Medium, or Long Version.  The pattern is available now here at BT or through Ravelry.

What perfect scarf wearing weather we are having -- it's been cold and & bright here, following the holiday blizzard.  Plenty of beautiful winter light for photography, despite daylight's short hours.  It really is my favorite time of year. Time to get a little perspective on things that have happened, and focus on things to come.  2010 was a whirlwind for me personally and professionally with many major tectonic shifts -- it was probably one of the most exciting years of my life.  I've been working with my BT team to put together projects for 2011 that I hope will be equally exciting and meaningful.

I hope that you are looking forward to what might be coming next in your own life, with knitting always as our common punctuation.


  • Thank you for such a beautiful website. What a pleasure to drop in every few days and see such sumptuous things…

    robinvk on

  • Long Johns! The perfect name for this colorway! I’m thrilled with your Shelter yarn line – from a distance so far, but I’m looking forward to trying it once my yarn budget recovers from Christmas and The Year of Babies.

    Genevieve on

  • I’m on a Jared Flood scarf binge; I just finished up Wayfarer in Shelter Button Jar, and I’ve already bought the Pavement pattern and ordered the light blue—Faded Quilt—which can’t get here fast enough for me. I love your intriguing patterns and gorgeous rustic yarn.

    Barb T. on

  • Isparkman: Brooklyn Tweed mentions the woolen-spun preparation, it is not a chemical “treatment”. This means the fibers are carded, rather than combed, and then spun in such a way to retain lots of loft. As far as I can tell, the only chemical part of the process is the dyeing. Hope this information helps, and eases your mind.

    Abbie on

  • At first I thought pavement was a snow storm reference to what one might see after the snowplows come through, down the street. But it’s a scarf! Beautiful…maybe that yarn will land in my iPhone app, Yarn U, in the near future. :)

    Mary Beth at Yarn U iPhone app on

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