Using size US 8 needles, cast on 41 sts. Rows 1-6: Knit.
Rows 7, 9, 11, and 13: K2, * k in front and back of next st (kfb), k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, kfb; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Note: It may seem from the instructions that the pattern isn't symmetrical because there are 3 stitches on one side of the decrease and 2 on the other side. But because the increase creates a bar to the left of the increase stitch, the knitted fabric is the same on both sides of its center. You'll be able to see this after you work a few rows.
Rep Rows 2-13 9 more times. Then work Rows 2-6 once more. The piece should measure approximately 20 inches in length.
Change to the smaller needles and begin k2, p2 rib as follows. You decrease 1 stitch in the first row in order for the rib pattern to come out evenly.
Next row: K3, p2tog, p1, * k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3 (40 sts).
Next row: P3, * k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Continue in rib for 7 inches. Bind off or transfer the stitches to a holder, depending on whether you want to seam the pieces or graft the ends together. (Turn to Chapter 16 for finishing tips.)
Work the second scarf piece as above. Block the pieces gently and seam or graft the center back ends of the scarf together.
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