Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Mariam Scarf

Today I have the first of two simple patterns to share. Both are simple, chunky scarves born out of Mariam's birthday scarf request, and the resulting stitch patterns I fiddled with trying to fulfill the order. No great feats of design genius here, but I liked the results, and thought I would share the method.

At some point, I hope to have these available as Ravelry downloads, but at the moment, technology is besting me left and right, so that might be a bit :)

You can view the pattern on Ravelry here, and add to your queue and such. The pattern page is still in the works, and photos will be added when that function is approved on the page.

The Mariam Scarf

Materials: 110 yards chunky yarn, needle (size recommended on ball band), tapestry needle, sewing needle, and a button of your choosing. The button shown here is about 1” in diameter.

Gauge: None needed! This pattern can easily be made wider, skinnier, longer, and shorter.

Above, I recommend chunky yarn, but this scarf can be made with any gauge, depending on taste. I used one skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn on 9mm needles, which produced a thick, springy fabric, and a short scarf.

Cast on 18 stitches.
Right Side: Sl 1, K1, P2, *K2, P2 repeat from * to end of row
Wrong Side: Sl 1, P1, K2, *P2 K2 repeat from * to end of row.
The scarf is worked in a 2x2 rib, with the first stitch of each row slipped to make a neat edge.

When scarf measures 42” long, work buttonhole row on a right side row:
Sl 1, K1, P2, K2 P2, K1, YO, K2tog, K2, P2, K2, P2.

Work rib pattern for two more inches, and bind off, weave in ends.

To affix the button, use a piece of yarn (I used one ply of this yarn, since it was so chunky) and a sewing needle. Fold scarf in half, and affix button on the cast-on end of the scarf to line up with the button hole on the cast-off end of the scarf.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!


Pitty said...

Whose SEXY neck IS THAT!?

Mike said...

cool scarf. do you knit it manually or with a machine? just curious, because it's wonderfully crafted.