Last Tuesday was the 4th anniversary of our Stitch ‘n Bitch group. Laurie, who started the group, has a great post about the festivities here. As part of the fun, we held a one-skein swap.
The premise of the swap was to knit something from one skein of yarn; that was the only parameter. In other words, you could make any item you wanted and use any amount or weight of yarn. All the yarn, though, had to be put up in just one skein or hank (or cone if you were really ambitious).
I considered and rejected several projects, purchased several different skeins of yarn, and swatched a couple of scarf patterns from books I own but I was never really happy with the result.
Finally, I grabbed a 50g skein of Knit Picks Suri Dream from the stash and tried a variation of the bee stitch.
I liked the finished scarf but so did my daughter!
So, I gave it to her and made this felted bag for the swap.
In the end, it was best that I didn’t contribute the scarf. The yarn was green and a notorious green-hater ended up with my contribution. She was much happier with the purple/pink in the bag.
Oh No Scarf
Yarn: 1 skein, Knit Picks Suri Dream
Needle: U.S. #15
Gauge: not important
Finished Size: approximately 7 inches wide and 70 inches long
- CO 15 sts.
- Knit 2 rows.
- Row 1: Slip 1 wyif (see notes), *knit into the st below, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Slip 1 wyif, k1, *knit into the st below, k1; repeat from * until 1 st remains, k1.
- Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you are almost out of yarn.
- Knit 2 rows.
- Bind off.
- Block. It’s your choice whether to block lightly to keep some of the texture from the stitch pattern, or to block it severely so it looks more lacey.
Notes: The slipped stitches will give you nice, smooth edges. Slip them purlwise with the yarn in front. Then move the yarn to the back of your work and continue with the rest of the row.
You may be wondering why I’m calling it the “Oh No Scarf.”
On knitting charts, yarnovers are represented by a circle or “O.” This stitch pattern gives a lacy look without any yarnovers. Get it? The chart would have no Os.
There are lots of reasons why I love this stitch pattern for a scarf. Among them:
- It’s nice and smooshy, almost like thermal underwear, so it’ll trap lots of air to keep you really warm.
- There are no purl stitches! What, you didn’t know that I hate to purl?
- It’s mindless, but not boring.
- It’s reversible and it looks the same upside-down as it does right-side-up.
- You can use it to make a scarf of any width. Just cast on an odd number of stitches and follow the instructions.
- It looks good in all colors and weights of yarns. Use a needle about 2 sizes larger than the size recommended on the ball band. Experiment!
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