Saturday, 5 February 2011

The As You Like It Scarf

Once upon a time a kiss was just a kiss, a sigh was just a sigh and a scarf was just a scarf. Well, kisses and sighs might not change much, but suddenly scarves are interesting - exciting even!

My favourites lately are very similar in style to Lucy Lamb’s earrings and the basic twirly whirly Christmas decorations I made a few months ago. Bigger, obviously.

This isn’t anything as grand as a pattern – just generic guidelines:

Cast on as many stitches as you feel like (you’ll probably need at least 90 for a decent length scarf), using whatever wool or other yarn you fancy and the size of needles you want to use.
Then knit into the front and back of every stitch on every row or every alternate row - you choose which. If you want an even twirlier scarf you can knit into the front, back and then the front again of each stitch. When it's as wide as you want, cast off.

You'll probably get to a stage where you have too many stitches to manage with a straight needle. At that stage transfer them to a circular needle and then either cast off on the next row or use a second circular, so you're using two circulars as though they were straights.

And make sure you keep the stitches LOOSE.

These scarves are generally knitted fairly narrow. I've never tried a wide version - it might be fine or it might not twirl very well. I don't know.

I've been told that they can be made the other way round too - cast on millions of stitches and then reduce every row till you have...well in the spirit of 'as you like it' let's just say, as many as you want.

I've got one or two samples in the shop if you either want to see what you're hoping to create or want to buy one. (The beautiful yellow cardigan above was knitted by Three Bags Full regular Dee and sorry, it's not for sale!)

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