I have had many people ask me how I knit my scarves, so I'm providing the pattern here. Both the scarves that you see in my photos on this website are from this pattern. They are light scarves that are worn more as jewelry than for warmth. They are lots of fun to knit, don't take too long to complete, are small, portable projects, and great conversation starters! So, go ahead . . . make a bunch!
"LINDA'S SCARF" (Copyright 2006):
One skein (50 to 90 yards) of a specialty, textured, fun yarn
one strand of thin, non-textured yarn combined with a strand of eyelash. (Note: An example of a yarn that works well is Trendsetter's "Sorbet.")
Needle Size: Lately, my favorite size needle to use with this pattern is a 17, but I've used needles as small as 13, and as large as 50, depending on the thickness of the yarn. Ignore what the label says, and use large needles to create lacy, loose, draping scarves.
New knitters Cast-On as follows:
Cast on three stitches, leaving a 10" tail.
Experienced knitters Cast-on as follows:
1) Create a slip knot, leaving a 10" tail.
2) Knit into the slip knot, but put loop onto first needle without pulling first stitch off. Two stitches are now on the needle.
3) Now, pull a loop from behind through the two stitches and put that one onto the needle (Cable Cast-On). You should now have three stitches in a "V," coming together in the center.
BODY OF SCARF (For all knitters): Knit all rows, increasing 2 stitches on each row by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitches of each row.
When you get towards the end of the skein, unwind the skein and mark with a slip knot a point at least 5 yards from the end, to save for your bind off row. This is based on the length of yarn in a typical ball of specialty or eyelash yarn - around 60 to 70 yards, or so. If you are using a much larger skein of yarn, I would suggest binding off when you have approximately 70 stitches on the needle.
NOTE: The ends of the scarf will be less flimsy if you knit the last 2 or 3 rows without increases. This is a matter of personal preference; I like some of my scarves to have substantial ends, and others to have more delicate ones.
BIND OFF: Bind off VERY loosely. I generally use a an "S" crochet hook, which is about 3/4" in diameter. This scarf works best if the edge allows for it to stretch WAY out.
FINISHING: Weave the beginning tail of yarn up toward the middle neckline of the scarf. Weave the ending tail back in along the neckline.