We learned this week that scarf knitting need not be boring! We tried a range of techniques, focussing on chevrons and entrelac. There are really no limits to the patterns, designs, lengths, twists and turns for scarf-making. The chevron design was frustrating when in a group of laughing, chatting knitters! But we have now worked out the easiest version of this very effective design:
CHEVRON: Cast on a multiple of 13, plus 2 extra (so you will need either 15, 28, 41 or 54sts) The pattern is based on only 2 rows, ROW 1: K2, Make 1 [M1] (by lifting the loop in front of the next stitch and knitting through the back of it), k4, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, k4, M1. Repeat all this until you get to the last 2 sts, k2. ROW 2: Either knit or purl, depending on the effect you want - garter stitch - knit; stocking stitch - purl. THAT'S IT!
Watch out for - the way you make your stitch. If you knit into the front of the picked up loop it will form a little hole. Although, so long as you always do the same thing, this makes a lovely pattern. You can also M1 by knitting into the front then the back of the next st.
And we found - especially when distracted - it's easy to just sl 1, k1, psso (pass the slipped stitch over) rather than knitting the 2 together in the middle. You'll only realise you've done this when you get to the end of the row and have stitches left over!
I'll put some info re entrelac here later - it's a lot more complicated, although has a rhythm, so once you learn that, you're away.
Some more photos today - some fantastic work happening. And we had some great ideas too - watch this space!
Irish Hiking Scarf pattern
approx. 350 yards of worsted weight yarn
size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle
(Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!)
Finished size, approx. 5 ½” x 55”
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1. (WS) K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 2. (RS) K4, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 3. (WS) repeat row 1
Row 4. (RS) repeat row 2
Row 5. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 6. (RS) repeat row 2.
Row 7. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 8. (RS) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K4
Repeat these rows to desired length, ending on row 7. Bind off.
C6F = Slip 3 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K3, then K the 3 sts. off cable needle.
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