Something about winter makes scarves, especially knitted scarves, absolutely irresistible to me. Wrapping myself up in a warm, wooly knit scarf makes going out in the cold almost enjoyable. When I go into shops, I often head straight for the accessory section and start trying on the scarves, but I never buy them because I know how to knit. I’m not a pro or anything, but I just can’t bring myself to buy something that I could make myself.
Most of the time, I don’t actually end up making the scarf that I want, but occasionally I find myself with enough time to buy yarn and start a new project.
I’ve been eyeing this scarf from urban outfitters for a while now. It’s really soft and cozy and warm… basically everything I might ever want in a scarf, but I haven’t bought it because it’s a pretty simple pattern and I could easily knit it myself.
However, because I’m currently on winter break and have an abundance of free time (which I should probably be using to apply for internships for the summer…), I decided to actually trek out to Joann Fabrics and buy some yarn. I found a bulky weight wool/acrylic blend yarn that’s nice and soft, and I started putting together a pattern. It’s actually incredibly simple and is going pretty quickly. Here’s my progress so far:
The pattern that I made up goes something like this:
Materials: 2-3 balls Bernat Roving Yarn (or something like it) and size 10 1/2 straight knitting needles
Gauge: Does anyone actually care about the gauge? I usually just YOLO it
1. Cast on 30 stitches
2. Knit 1, Purl 1 for the first 7, then knit 16 stitches, then K1,P1 for the last 7
3. K1P1 for the first 7, purl 16 stitches, then K1,P1 for the last 7
4-7. Repeat steps 1 and 2
8. K,1P1 for the first 7, put 4 stitches onto a cable needle (spare circular needles work pretty well too) and pull to back. K4, then knit the 4 stitches off the cable needle/circular needle. Put the next 4 stitches on the cable needle and pull to the front, then K4. Knit the 4 stitches off the cable needle, then K1,P1 for the rest of the row.
9. K1,P1 for the first 7, purl 16 stitches, then K1,P1 for the last 7
10. Repeat steps 2-9 for the rest of the scarf and cast off.
11. I’m going to add tassels to mine eventually, but I haven’t gotten there yet…
TADA. That’s about it. Pretty simple, huh?