Sways with the Wind by Nicole Haschke

Sways with the Wind

November 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
250 - 350 yards (229 - 320 m)
One size fits most
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This pattern is available for free.

Errata, added 1/7/18:
Row 11: P2, K4, +P8, K4, repeat from + to 8 stitches from the end, P8.
Row 12: K2, P4, +K8, P4, repeat from + to 8 stitches from the end, K8.
If you saved or printed this pattern before 1/7/18, please re-save or re-print. Thank you!

I chose “Sways with the Wind” to represent the bamboo rib stitch used in this pattern. Bruce Lee once said, “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

I designed this pattern especially for the Threads of Compassion charity, but it can of course be used for anyone or anything! It would make a great gift or charity project for anyone.

This is a great pattern for beginners who want to create something with a little more visual interest than a garter-stitch scarf; it’s equally well-suited for more experienced knitters who’d like an almost-mindless-but-not-TOO-mindless knit.

Gauge isn’t important to this pattern; just be sure you’re using a needle comfortable for your yarn. I used a size 8 needle, but I’m a tight knitter. Size 7 might be more appropriate for a looser knitter.

Yarn should be worsted weight for best results. You could use a thinner yarn, but of course you’ll need more of it (and it’ll be a thinner scarf). I wouldn’t recommend a much heavier yarn. Heavy worsted would probably be okay; bulky and up will likely create a gigantic scarf!

Yardage isn’t exact. I used leftover light peach I Love This Yarn! to knit most of this scarf; when I ran out of it, I added a few inches of another yarn in gray on either side. One full skein of inexpensive acrylic worsted weight yarn should be more than enough for this scarf. (It’ll work great with multiple colors of yarn, too.)

This pattern is also available in Swaying with the Wind: a Charity Knitting Pattern Collection.