Knitting is a form of meditation for me. The clicking of the needles and the repetition of the patterns soothe and relax me. Each yarn has its own unique feel, whether a soft acrylic, nobbly cotton or a sequined and feathery specialty yarn. If it is a gift, I love knowing the pleasure my gift will bring.
My life is frenetic and stressful. My business, my husband and hobbies keep me busy. Many times it seems like every moment is already accounted for before it exists. That’s when sitting down with a skein of yarn and knitting needles becomes a critical emotional space for me.
I don’t work on fancy, involved patterns that require a lot of focus. I don’t work on patterns that require charts. I like patterns that are easy to memorize. This is a relaxing space for me, so my knitting projects are simple.
However, my knitting projects are not plain. I have discovered that using the standard knit stitch but adding “dropped stitches” makes a complicated-looking lacy scarf, yet it requires very little extra effort than if I made a beginning scarf like this pink one:
This knit scarf is made with 1 1/2 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma yarn in “Think Pink” with size 13 needles. I cast on 13 stitches and worked it up in simple garter stitch. Make sure you buy enough yarn of the same dye lot. It may not seem like a big deal until you run out of yarn and the next dye lot is just different enough to be visible. I bought 3 skeins so I’ll be able to make two gifts.
A simple garter stitch scarf is lovely, but with one stitch change the entire feel of a scarf can be transformed from nice to beautiful.
This knit scarf I made looks lacy and luxurious, yet it was made with one skein of yarn that cost about $5 and a simple variation on the basic knit stitch. The inspiration for this knitted scarf came from a pattern I found on www.ravelry.com, a knitting site with thousands of free or inexpensive patterns. The original pattern was nice, but as I started knitting I realized that for this particular project I wanted a lacier and thinner scarf. So I made two small adjustments and created this easy lacy scarf that is unique, feminine and sparkly.
I don’t check my gauges with scarves. I cast on, stitch several rows and if the scarf is too wide or narrow I figure out how many stitches I need and start over. With my knitting tension this made a scarf that is six inches wide. So with that caveat, here is my pattern:
I used ———yarn in ——— colors with ——- size needles
Cast on 25 stitches
Rows 1-6 knit all stitches.
Row 5 K1, YO twice, K1 * repeat from * to *until end of row
Row 6 K1, drop the two yarn overs, repeat from * to *
That is where the original pattern ended and started repeating. It’s pretty but again I wanted something just a taste lacier.
Row 7-8 knit every row
Row 9 YO every stitch 3x
Row 10 knit across dropping the YO
Row 11-12 knit every row
Row 13 YO every stitch 2x
Row 14-17 knit every row
Row 18 YO every stitch 2x
Row 19-21 knit every row
Repeat rows 5-21 until scarf is desired length. End with 6 knit rows.
I also use the basketweave pattern to make scarves, especially for men. Basketweave looks difficult but is extremely easy. I knit this scarf with Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Basket weave is just alternating between Knit and Purl stitches.
Cast on 26 stitches with Size 8 knitting needles.
Knit Rows 1-5
Rows 6-10, K3, K5, P5,K5,P5, K3
Rows 11-15, K3, P5,K5,P5,K5,K3
I like having the garter stitch on the edges as it keeps the scarf from curling up. Here’s what the scarf looks like:
I hope you enjoy these scarf patterns. Please use the pattern for personal use only. If you want to make scarfs to sell from the patterns, give yourself the gift of good karma and make a small donation to pretty horses rescue. This charity rehabilitates starving, abandoned horses. Every dollar helps us rescue and rehabilitate starving horses.