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Wrapped Up in Scarves

Nov 5, 2012

Most of us began our knitting careers with scarves. One of my first "real" projects was a simple garter stitch scarf, which I gave to a friend. She still wears it, almost ten years later. I cringe a tiny bit when I see her in it, but the rest of me is honored that she's loved it all these years.

I knitted so many scarves in my first couple of years as a knitter, and as my knitting skills improved, I advanced from scarves to hats, mittens, and finally sweaters. I had left scarves behind, only knitting them by very special request.

But I've been coming back around to scarf knitting. There are so many beautiful stitch patterns—cables, dropped stitches, lace—to explore and scarves are the perfect palette. Here are some of my favorite scarf patterns from the Knitting Daily Shop:

     A combination of fisherman's rib and welting makes for textural contrast in the Two Ribs Infinity Scarf. Susan Pierce Lawrence's piece is designed to be completely reversible, too.

This is an infinity scar, which is knit in the round. It's about fifty-six inches in circumference, so you can wind it around your neck two or three times. Or be extra fashionable and wear it in one long loop!

Inspired by Mercedes Tarasocich-Clark's love of the paper-pieced hexagons in quilting, the Sweet Hexagon Cowl is constructed of interlocking hexagons that are knitted in the round. Pieces are connected to each other using a combination of picked-up and cast-on stitches.

I especially love the color combo in this scarf. There are four skeins of yarn used, two in buttery colors and two in lavenders. Lovely!

Hannah Cuviello's Saxony Scarf is an attractive braided cable scarf that is reversible. Braided cables are simple to work, but pack a big design whallop! This design will make a dense, cuddly scarf.

You can make this scarf in many different yarn weights, too, just do a gauge swatch to see how many repeats will be necessary to get the width you desire.

Work the cable charts for as many repeats to make this scarf a customized length.

Stephenie Gaustad's source of inspiration for the Variation Scarf was her love of things with frills, as diverse as exotic undersea creatures and flamenco dancers' skirts.

Frills give the illusion of movement even when they are stock-still. The process of making the scarf is an adventure in three-dimensional knitting, too.

These days, there are lots of patterns for ruffled scarves out there, but none as beautiful as this one (in my humble opinion!).

Get back into scarf knitting with one of these beautiful patterns!


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on Nov 9, 2012 10:44 AM

My favorite thing about scarf knitting is you end up with a knitted piece that can be worn almost all the time.  

on Nov 6, 2012 4:41 PM

I would classify myself as an advanced beginner knitter, with limited special technique knowledge. It would really be helpful if the patterns would list a level of knowledge needed or list special techniques that are used so I could judge if I would be able to handle the project before I purchased the pattern. :)

EllenD wrote
on Nov 6, 2012 5:29 AM


please spell check, it shows your readers you care

MaryS@82 wrote
on Nov 5, 2012 4:03 PM

They always fit!

MimsyKells wrote
on Nov 5, 2012 1:02 PM

And don't it just stink! I can't even scrape up $5.50 or I'd so be knitting myself a lovely hexagon cowl! Quelle domage! C'est la vie!

on Nov 5, 2012 8:53 AM

I like them all...but I think there's fundamentally appealing about a cowl that won't unfurl when the wind blows hard....and you can easily turn into a hat with a simple tug up. And somehow I can't get myself to make a scarf...even though they can be just complex as a sweater when you think about it.

Velcro wrote
on Nov 5, 2012 8:44 AM

It's how I learned to knit lace and read a chart.  And, I ended up with a beautiful scarf!

GKingsley wrote
on Nov 5, 2012 7:54 AM

I have always loved scarf knitting - it supplies the instant gratification of a small(ish) project, and it's a great way to learn and show off new techniques. :) Thanks for a lovely post!

GKingsley wrote
on Nov 5, 2012 7:54 AM

I have always loved scarf knitting - it supplies the instant gratification of a small(ish) project, and it's a great way to learn and show off new techniques. :) Thanks for a lovely post!

on Nov 5, 2012 6:56 AM

What a great email to start my day! I, too, have strayed from scarf knitting for quite awhile, but over the last month I've had the idea growing in my brain that I really want to make a cozy scarf or wrap for the rapidly approaching cold weather. This newsletter was great motivation for me to just do it! There is something calming about scarf knitting, it is truly the "comfort food" of knitting! Thanks, Kathleen!  :-)