Whether you knit scarves to take a break from serious knitting, to practice a new stitch, or even to knit up a quick gift, there's no denying that scarf knitting is popular amongst all skill levels. First you start with garter stitch scarves, and then you break into stockinette (and learn that the edges roll!), and pretty soon you're trying all kinds of pattern stitches and maybe even your first cabled scarf.
I tend to have a scarf project in the works at all times, it travels well and it's nice to have a project that you can pick up any time you need to kill some time in a waiting room or wherever.
There are truly some scarves out there that are masterpieces--take a look at the book Scarf Style for some examples of said masterpieces. I've knit Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style three times; the pattern is interesting enough to keep me going and the result is just plain extraordinary. (You knit a reversible cable pattern out of chenille yarn and then you felt it. Amazing!)
At Interweave, we think scarf knitting provides wonderful opportunities to practice fun stitch patterns, play with luxury yarns, and impress your friends and family with beautiful gifts.
In that vein, the fabulously talented Knits staff decided to arm you with five gorgeous and varied scarf patterns in fall's Staff Projects offering (see page 52 of the magazine). And, in response to your feedback, all five patterns are available here and now. No weekly doling out of the free patterns for me--I want to populate your holiday gift-knitting list all at once!
And now, drumroll please, here come the scarves!
LEAVES ON THE PATH SCARF by Laura Rintala, managing editor
Laura designed this scarf in honor of her favorite season, fall. The yarn is Valley Yarns, Williamstown, distributed by WEBS.
WAVY ORANGE SCARF by Rebecca L. Daniels, editorial assistant
This scarf gets its ripples because the piece is knit lengthwise instead of widthwise. The yarn is ShibuiKnits, Highland Wool Alpaca.
STAR SCARF by Eunny Jang, editor
This is a small-skein wonder, or use up leftovers from lace projects. The yarn is Valley Yarns, 8/2 Tencel, distributed by WEBS.
MYOPIA SCARF by Sharon Riggs, assistant editor
Inspired by the runway, Sharon designed her scarf so even the most nearsighted fashionista will be able to see the beauty. The yarn is Louet, Dyed Corriedale (it's a roving, actually).
TWILLY NECKERCHIEF by Lisa Shroyer, senior editor
Lisa combines honeycomb brioche stitch with garter stitch to make this stylish scarf. The yarn is The Alpaca Yarn Company, Classic Alpaca.
I know it's hard to believe that it's scarf knitting time (it's 95 degrees here in Spokane today), but that fall Interweave Knits issue has inspired me to shop my stash and my LYS and gather supplies for several fall projects, and I'm guessing it has you revved up for fall knitting, too.
Have fun with these scarf patterns!
P.S. Don't forget to visit Sandi's blog, What's on Sandi's Needles, this week! Sandi posts a new blog every Thursday.