Mama's Scarf

I took the proceeds from my article, and ran screaming to Emily’s Shop to purchase all of the Barbara G. Walker Stitch Treasuries, so that whenever I wanted to design a project, no matter what time of day or night, I’d have all the stitch patterns in the universe *right* at my fingertips. Then… I proceeded to knit my mother a scarf from a pattern which I found online after I bought the books. Sigh.

This is just the way it works, isn’t it? *smile*

Anyway, here is a photo of a portion of the scarf in its “relaxed” state…
…and here it is just a bit stretched, to show the stitches…
…and here it is, really stretched (and blurry, sorry!) so that you can see the pattern.  This couldn’t be simpler. The yarn is Pengouin “Agadir” – a 70/30 cotton/acrylic blend, in brown and tan.

I found the pattern online, under the title, Barbola Scarf. Gosh, I wish that I could give credit where credit is due, but now, I can’t find the entry! I’m so sorry. If anyone knows where this is online, then please drop me a line, so I can amend this situation.

It is the easiest stitch pattern! Cast on an odd number of stitches. Knit one row.

Pattern row – K2tog, yarn over, repeat until you end with K1.

Repeat this pattern row until your item is the desired length. Bind off, loosely. I used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off which matched very nicely to the long-tail cast on that I began with. I bound off every stitch, rather than binding off in pattern, so that the bind off matched the initial knitted row. Making it this way made the ends flare out in a very appealing way.

I liked this scarf so much, that I decided to knit another one. On the second scarf, I tried to begin the pattern row right from the cast on, but I didn’t like how it looked in this particular yarn, as it kind of drew in. It might work better to do it this way with some other yarn, and if you do it this way, then you’ll probably want to bind off in pattern, so that both ends match.

This is such a fast knit! The result is really bouncy and stretchy and floppy and loosey-goosey and just right for a scarf.

Back to my Christmas Knitting! What are YOU knitting for presents this year?


Carolyn said...

Lovely scarf!

I just finished the Fichu from Victorian Lace Knits (shhhh, don't tell my mom) and have one Christmas knitting project left .. and miscellaneous socks. I'm starting to think there might be a knitting life after Christmas.

Melissa Grazia said...

That is such a nice scarf!! I love the ones that are "strechy"... Great job! I know about buying books and patterns and ending using one online :S
I havent been knitting much, for sure I am not knitting any Christmas presents this year, I am focused on knitting for my first baby. :)

Lillian said...

Lovely scarf! If it makes you feel better, I'm 99.99% sure this stitch pattern is in the stitch treasuries - either in treasury #1 or #2, it'd be in one of the lace chapters, maybe under the faggoting stitches. (I don't have my copies handy or I'd check first)