This scarf is the first pattern I ever released, and it was designed to teach a beginners knitting class. In fact it was the pattern I sent knitters away with once we had spent the afternoon working hard on our knit and purl stitches. I’ve taken the original short and skinny scarf designed not to intimidate knitters into a scarf that I actually want to wear. The main factor? Squish. And a lot of it. I reworked the scarf to be almost 6 feet allowing a good wrap around the neck and shoulders, and it is wide, allowing it to be worn more like a shawl if wanted. The stitch pattern is a classic one, encouragingly memorable, and comfortably exercises the change between knit and purl. And in Elsa Wool’s Woolen-Spun? The knitted fabric is so so buttery soft, light and warm, you won’t want to stop knitting.
Yarn: 3 skeins Elsa Wool Woolen-Spun Worsted Weight Cormo; 100% Cormo wool; 237 yds, 4 oz, shown in “Medium Gray”
or, 700 yds / 640 meters worsted weight yarn.
Needles & Notions: US 8/5mm, straight or circular
or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 20 stitches x 28 rows = 4”/10 cm across stitch pattern
Size: 70”/178 cm long, 11”/28 cm wide
First released May 2011
Updated with new photos and pattern layout Oct 2016