Two thousand eight was the year of the homemade holiday gifts from me! Every year I try my hardest to make sure each person I am giving a gift to is getting at least one thing that I’ve handcrafted in some way. May it be cookies, letterpressed stationery or a knitted hat, I love giving thoughtful gifts from the heart (and sometimes full of blood, sweat and tears… well not really the blood)!
This cute little scarf was recently featured in Martha Stewart living and I couldn’t resist whipping one up for my mom! The pattern is after the jump (click here for a pdf version).
It look about 3 hours and is a good second project. So, if you’ve perfected the basic scarf, this is a great next step. You’ll learn to increase and decrease and how to put stitches onto two needles. If you need help, Ravelry is a great source for all things knitting and crocheting – including great free patterns!
Martha Stewart Knitted Neck Scarf
Finished Size: 4 by 26 inches
Yarn: 2 skeins (50 grams )sport-weight yarn in desired color, using about 150 yards
Needles: 2 needles in size U.S. 4 (3 1/2 mm), 1 double-pointed needle in same size. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge. Additional materials: Stitch holder, tapestry needle
Gauge: 5 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch
Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 2, slip last stitch purlwise.
Row 2: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1 (see how to increase), knit 1, and slip last stitch purlwise.
Row 3: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1, knit to last stitch, slip last stitch purlwise.
Repeat row 3 until you have 24 stitches. (Piece should now measure about 4 1/2 inches wide.)
Continue to knit across every row, still slipping last stitch of each row purlwise, until piece measures 4 inches long.
Divide (see how to divide). When you’re finished, half the stitches will be on double-pointed needle and the other half will be on your working needle.
Rib across the stitches on your working needle (leave the stitches on double-pointed needle as is), still slipping the last stitch purlwise. Continue for 1 1/2 inches. Transfer these ribbed stitches onto stitch holder. Break yarn, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later.
Rejoin yarn, and rib across the stitches on double-pointed needle for 1 1/2 inches.
Transfer all stitches onto 1 needle as follows: Slip 1 stitch purlwise from double-pointed needle, then slip 1 purlwise from working needle. Repeat across row until all stitches are on 1 needle.
Knit every row, slipping last stitch purlwise, for 15 1/2 inches. (To adjust the size of the scarf, knit fewer inches for a child or more for a large adult.)
Using same method as in step 7, divide the stitches between the 2 needles.
Repeat steps 8, 9, and 10.
Knit every row, slipping last stitch purlwise, for 2 1/2 inches.
To finish: Knit 1, decrease (see how to decrease), and knit to end of row, slipping last stitch purlwise. Repeat this sequence every row until only 3 stitches remain. Bind off. Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.