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Monday, August 27, 2018

Introducing the Breezes to Gusts Scarf!

I recently finished a fairly large lace shawl, but while I was working on that I needed a smaller, simpler, more easily transported project for those doctor's waiting rooms and busy places.  I wanted to try KnitPicks Cotton Mist yarn, so I decided to make a scarf.  An open, breezy scarf that could work in all sorts of situations is what I ended up with.  The yarn is lovely too - very soft and easy to work with.

But, this scarf pattern works for any any weight........and it's so simple that you can basically knit it with your eyes closed.  Makes a great, last minute gift or a quick knit accessory for yourself.  Unlike the shawl.....which took a long time to finish!  

Using 210 yards of a cotton blend, worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles I ended up with a scarf that is about 81 inches long and about 6 inches wide.  It can be worn in a variety of ways and the pale yellow hue will go nicely with a lot of different colors.  Imagine all the possibilities of different yarns in different fibers, textures and colors!  Change the size to suit the yarn in your stash too!  Make this a toasty warm scarf by using a bulky wool yarn or an even more delicate accessory using something in a sport or lace weight.  Really, anything goes.  So, go check your stash and get to it.

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Red Heart's "Little Waves Shawl"  knit in It's a Wrap

Breezes to Gusts Scarf

I used one 219 yard skein of KnitPicks Color Mist yarn and size US 13 circular needles.

Cast on 188 stitches

Row 1:  yo, p2tog

Repeat Row 1 until you are almost out of yarn and then bind off all stitches loosely.

That's it!

Use needles that are several sizes larger than what is typically used for the yarn you choose.  The larger the needles, the looser the mesh will be.  The smaller the needles, the tighter the mesh.  There is no right or wrong size......just use what appeals to you and what you have ready to go.  Here's a rough guide:

Lace weight yarn and size 5 needles

Sport weight yarn and size 8 needles

DK weight yarn and size 10.5 needles

Worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles

Chunky yarn and size 19 needles

Super Bulky yarn and size 35 needles

Be sure to cast on in multiples of 2.  

The thicker the yarn, the fewer stitches you need for a 6 to 7 foot scarf.  Again, here is a rough guide:

Lace weight yarn:  cast on 476 stitches

Sport weight yarn:  cast on 330 stitches

DK yarn:  cast on 250 stitches

Worsted weight:  cast on 188 stitches

Chunky weight:  cast on 140 stitches

Super Bulky weight:  cast on 100 stitches

If you want a shorter scarf, don't cast on as many stitches.  Longer, cast on more.

The number of rows you knit will determine how wide the scarf becomes.  It can be anything from super skinny to a really wide, shawl type scarf.  Stripe it if you want.  Use more than one type of yarn.  Have fun with it!

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