I must confess that the idea of knitting a scarf which requires nothing more than basic knit and purl does not strike me as particularly exciting. It’s not that I don’t like knitting scarves, it’s just that sometimes…rectangles can be monotonous.
This scarf, however, is not!! Why is it so compelling after thousands of the same stitches?
It might be the texture. I love the way it feels, both because of the stitch pattern used, and the yarn, which is Berrocco Weekend, a blend of 75% acrylic/25% Peruvian cotton. This is the first time I’ve used this yarn, but I am already in love with it (like so many other Berrocco products!)
It feels very substantial but soft. And it’s machine washable, which is great, since I’m giving it as a gift. (I don’t like to impose hand-washing on anyone who, not being a knitter, may forget and end up pulling a wad of fiber out of their washer!)
This simple but elegant scarf is the perfect late-summer project. Made from a rich, golden-yellow blend of cotton and wool, it will keep the autumn evening chill at bay without being overly warm.
The yarn is called Serendipity Tweed by Brown Sheep, it is made in the midwest, the color is “Sunflower”, and I purchased it at the fabulous Oh Yarn It!–how perfect! The simple pattern created by the cables reminds me of grains of wheat…
Kansas Harvest Scarf
Measures approximately 6″ x 49″
1 Skein of Brown Sheep Co. Serendipity Tweed in “ST08 Sunflower”
US 8 needles
Embroidery needle (for weaving in ends)
k = knit
p = purl
yo = yarn over
k2tog = knit two stitches together
Bk2p1 = slip next stitch onto cable needle, hold to back; knit 2, purl 1 from
Fp1k2 = slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold to front; purl 1, knit 2
from cable needle.
Ck4 = slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold needle to back, knit 2, knit
2 from cable needle.
(Note: At each edge of scarf, work a 6-stitch-wide garter stitch border. Work the following pattern in between the garter stitch border.)
Row 1, 3, and 5: yo, k2tog, p1, k2, p10,k2, p1, k2tog, yo
Row 2, 4, and 6: k3, p2, k10, p2, k3
Row 7: yo, k2tog, p1, Fp1k2, p8, Bk2p1, p1, k2tog, yo
Row 8: k4, p2, k8, p2, k4
Row 9: yo, k2tog, p2, Fp1k2, p6, Bk2p1, p2, k2tog, yo
Row 10: k5, p2, k6, p2, k5
Row 11: yo, k2tog, p3, Fp1k2, p4, Bk2p1, p3, k2tog, yo
Row 12: K6, p2, k4, p2, k6
Row 13: yo, k2tog, p4, Fp1k2, p2, Bk2p1, p4, k2tog, yo
Row 14: k7, p2, k2, p2, k7
Row 15: yo, k2tog, p5, Fp1k2, Bk2p1, p5, k2tog, yo
Row 16: k8, p4, k8
Row 17: yo, k2tog, p6, Ck4, p6, k2tog, yo
Row 18: repeat Row 16
Row 19: yo, k2tog, p5, Bk2p1, Fp1k2, p5, k2tog, yo
Row 20: repeat Row 14
Row 21: yo, k2tog, p4, Bk2p1, p2, Fp1k2, p4, k2tog, yo
Row 22: repeat Row 12
Row 23: yo, k2tog, p3, Bk2p1, p4, Fp1k2, p3, k2tog, yo
Row 24: repeat Row 10
Row 25: yo, k2tog, p2, Bk2p1, p6, Fp1k2, p2, k2tog, yo
Row 26: repeat Row 8
Row 27: yo, k2tog, p1, Bk2p1, p8, Fp1k2, p1, k2tog, yo
Row 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, and 40: repeat Row 2.
Row 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, and 41: repeat Row 1.
Repeat Rows 6-41 five times, (or until 7” from desired finished length. If you choose to make it longer, you will probably need more than one skein.) Repeat Rows 6 -31 once. Work garter stitch for 8 rows. Bind off and weave in ends. Block.