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THE ALTERNATE SCARFs15

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This scarf is presumed to be worsted weight wool. 60 stitches and 7 tassels have revealed themselves in a very high resolution publicity photograph I acquired (at right). It appears to be 12 to 14 inches wide with larger stitches than the original scarf.

With only 60 stitches, I needed a US #7 needle to reach the gauge for that width and bulk.

Too bad we don't know the whereabouts of this scarf or if there was more than one. These suggestions will only help approximate it, but you could do worse. Also note that there has been a pattern correction (09/25/2012). One stripe was off by exactly one garter rib.

THE PUBLICITY SCARF (11/29/2013)

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The information regarding this scarf is still a bit sketchy, but there was definitely another scarf that was quite similar to the S15. It never saw any known screen use but appears in photos particularly for Tom's public appearances. The pattern appears to be the S13 portion of the S15 pattern with minor deviations. I had assumed this scarf dropped the only two brown stripes in favor of simplifying to only 6 colors, but a recently acquired photo shows that the brown is there. Instead of the chartreuse of the S15, this publicity scarf uses gold and possibly a lighter purple. No color recommendations are available at this time.

BLOCKING
This scarf was not stretched in any of its television or publicity photo appearances. A synthetic or wool blend yarn will be a good choice because it might not stretch as much as full wool. This should help maintain the unblocked appearance of the scarf for longer.

If you want to wash your scarf, it is still a good idea to block it anyway. Just make sure to get as much water out of it as possible (gently). Dry it flat after tugging it to the desired dimensions. If it's too long or narrow, try drying it rolled in towels (think cinnamon roll).

TASSELS
7 tassels do not space evenly on 60 stitches.
There will be 9 stitches between all but one pair of tassels, which will have 8. All seven colors should be used.

COLORS
With only photos and video to go on, it's not possible to match the colors, but a sensible representation can be made relative to how the original colors appear. The red is close to the same, but the brown and green are obviously darker. The tan seems lighter yet more saturated. The gold has been replaced with a medium, dirty chartreuse. The grey is much lighter and heathered. The purple is either a true purple or a bit blue-violet.

100% WOOL RECOMMENDATIONS (04/23/2012)
This is the best approximation yet! Best colors are highlighted.

red
green
chartreuse

tan 1
tan 2
brown
purple
grey

Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Ella Rae Classic
Plymouth Galway Worsted

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Plymouth Galway Worsted
Plymouth Galway Worsted
170 Terra Cotta (technically 97% wool)
186 Kelp
108 Mustard Heather
138 Garbanzo Bean

25072 Almond
759 Reese Cup
13 Concord Grape
751 Medium Grey Heather

 

WOOL BLEND RECOMMENDATIONS (03/12/2011)
The following yarn combination uses two brands to create a decent impression of how this scarf appears on video and in photographs. The swatches need to be updated, but these will give you a general idea. Expect updates as soon as more colors become available.

It is interesting to note that Patons Decor and Plymouth Encore Worsted are the same yarn. Their content and appearance are quite identical, and they're imported from the same place. There are only so many fiber factories in Hungary/Turkey.

red
green
chartreuse

tan
brown
purple
grey

Patons Decor
Patons Decor
Patons Decor
Patons Decor
Plymouth Encore
Patons Decor
Patons Decor
87532 Rustic
87525 Dark New Green
87026 Honey (could be more chartreuse)

87631 Taupe
1445 Burnished Heather (a bit red, a little light)
87310 Rich New Lilac (could be bluer)
87672 Grey Heather

ACRYLIC RECOMMENDATIONS (03/12/2011)
I'm not wild about Lion Brand Vanna's Choice for replicas of the original scarf, but it serves as an inexpensive option for the Season 15 and should be easy to care for.

red
green
chartreuse

tan
brown
purple
grey

Brick
Olive
Pea Green
Beige (too creamy)
Toffee (a bit light)
Eggplant
Silver Grey
 

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