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 yarn.....in 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.
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!