In general, SCUBA divers have a slightly different view of sharks than most people. Not only do we actually want to see them, but some divers go out of their way in search of things like hammerhead sharks, because they are such fascinating creatures. My husband and I have seen quite a few sharks in our undersea adventures: reef sharks, nurse sharks… They’re sleek, menacing, fast. So when I saw this fabulous old stitch pattern, Aunt Jenny’s Shark’s Tooth Edging, not only did I have to use it in a design, but I had to name the scarf for one of the many shark species: the mako shark (pronounced may-koh).

When the scarf is laid out flat the edging clearly looks like a row of shark’s teeth. Scarf is worked from one end to the other, starting and ending with just a handful of stitches on the needle. The lower lace border and upper edge grow quickly from the seven-stitch cast on, then reduce down to an equally short bind off row. Just try to knit this without a certain movie’s theme song repeating in your head.

Like the stitches in this shawl but not the trapezoidal shape? Check out Great White; it uses the same basic stitches in a simple crescent shawl.

Pattern details

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, 400 yards.
  • Model: Wabi Sabi Yarns, Tallulah Hand-Dyed Sock in Crimson.
  • Gauge: 15.75 sts and 25.5 rows to 4 inches in stitch pattern, blocked.
  • Needles: US 6 (4 mm).
  • Finished size: 14.25 x 60 inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

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